Creative Assembly’s new strategy game Total War: Three Kingdoms is off to a hot start. The game sold more than 1 million copies in its first week to become the studio’s fastest-selling strategy game ever. The game is the current No. 1 strategy game on Steam in terms of concurrent players with more than 160,000 peak concurrent players today.
Creative Assembly’s chief product officer Rob Bartholomew said in a statement that the response to Three Kingdoms “exceeded all expectations”
“We’re seeing a lot of ‘best Total War ever’ comments out there. We’re very proud,” he added.
Three Kingdoms is the first Total War game set in China; it takes place in 190 CE. The game was originally scheduled to launch in March, but Creative Assembly delayed it to May to fix bugs, add polish, and make sure the localization was done right.
GameSpot’s Total War: Three Kingdoms review scored the game an 8/10.
“This is the most ambitious that Total War has ever been, from the variety of different ways that you can enjoy the game to the sheer scope of the stories that they’ve weaved around each unique character’s playable experience,” reviewer Ginny Woo said. “Three Kingdoms feels like the rightful evolution of the series, pulling from its roots in historical military tactics to come up with an engrossing modern strategy game that is always a delight, even in its less well-oiled moments.”