I'm a day-one Total War fan. I still remember reading about the first Shogun on my favorite magazine, the emotion when I opened the red box and looked at that wonderful printed manual, the amazement at the scale of battles, the moment I feel in love with the Warrior Monks. I was a boy with a passion for history, which I kept cultivating for all these years, till I decided to pursue a second master's degree in cultural history, purely out of personal interest. I can say without a doubt Total War helped fanning the flames of this passion. I'm also a dedicated strategy gamer, both tabletop and PC, and I owe some of my dearest gaming memories to CA. I'm grateful for all of this.
But Total War Warhammer was, to me, on another level altogether. I've never been a single-game guy, I always liked switching between different titles and play in bite-sized chunks. But Warhammer almost converted me: I played every faction multiple times, purchased every bit of content the very minute it became available, checked on the workshop for new mods almost daily. I loved the game so much I learned how to mod it myself, and I'm not a tech-y guy at all. I'm sure I'll still like historical titles down the line, but this is different. This kind of sense of wonder is unique to fantasy, it just speaks to my inner child. As I said, I'm interested in a wide range of very serious studies, but well, dragons are dragons.
So, it saddens me seeing how the Warhammer series is being somewhat neglected. Just looking at release schedules, this second chapter seems poised to have less content than the first one. There is a strong impression going on among fans we won't get anything interesting between Tomb Kings and Norsca. Old World factions lack many mechanics and changes that were introduced down the line. DLC races are far from their full potential: Beastmen roster is quite weak, Wood Elves risk being left with just two Legendary Lords, Chaos isn't in great shape either. Mortal Empires has bugs, Norsca was a mistake, but this is no reason to throw in the towel. There is great potential for new lords, sub-factions, units, minor races. There is Middenland, Ariel, Marius Leitdorf, the Ghorgon... and then Araby, and Dogs of War, and the great beasts from the Monstrous Arcanum... there are even Halflings:) There is a whole lot of awesome in this setting, and it would be a shame to leave it untapped.
I'm not asking for free content. I strongly believe good work should be compensated fairly. Just for the courage needed to do justice to this wonderful IP. We have limited infos on how Warhammer II is doing. Judging by SteamSpy, it seems it sold less than Warhammer I, but still respectably. We don't know if this came as a disappointment to SEGA and CA or was factored in. But we can say with confidence that releasing new titles out of the usual confort zone paid handsomely for Paradox (Stellaris), Slitherine (WH40k: Armageddon) and obviously CA (Warhammer I). Fictional titles sell well in the strategy genre, there is obviously a strong audience for them. I've seen people constantly asking for new content on this very forum since I joined. I will say: be bold. Stay hungry, as a smart guy used to say. There is really no fantasy strategy game of this scale in the whole history of gaming: if you care about it, Total War Warhammer will be a great legacy and spoken of in the years to come, like Master of Orion and Enemy Unknown. I'm sure that with enough care and support this series will reward every effort tenfold. So thank you for what you've done so far, but please don't leave us out in the cold.