Total War: WARHAMMER II – Mortal Empires FAQ

What is Mortal Empires?

Mortal Empires is a grand-scale downloadable campaign set across a massive new campaign map, free for owners of both Total War: WARHAMMER and Total War: WARHAMMER II. It enables players to embark on new campaigns as any playable Legendary Lord they own from both games and any owned DLC.

How do I download it?
Mortal Empires is a free downloadable content pack that you can access from Total War: WARHAMMER II’s DLC list on Steam. To view the Steam page click here:

 Is it the same min/rec spec as WARHAMMER II?

Yes, the min and rec specs for Mortal Empires will be the same as Warhammer II. However, due to the size of the campaign map, some users may tend to see lower framerates when looking out across the maximum extent of the map. You can also expect increased end turn times due to the large numbers of factions that will take a turn.

Do I need to own both games?
Yes. Ownership of both games is required to play the Mortal Empires campaign. If you own any WARHAMMER I downloadable content, you will also be able to play as those races in Mortal Empires, with the temporary exception of Norsca.

Do I need to have both games installed?
No, you only need Total War: WARHAMMER II installed to play Mortal Empires, you just need to own Total War: WARHAMMER. Mortal Empires is accessible through the Campaigns menu in the WARHAMMER II frontend.

Why aren’t Norsca in it?
Due to different teams’ development schedules, Norsca won’t make it into Mortal Empires when it first becomes available. They’ll be implemented in a future update. We’d much rather release Mortal Empires to you sooner and get Norsca implemented in due course. This also means that the content of the Foundation Update for WARHAMMER 1, such as the 30th anniversary Regiments of Renown and alterations to Legendary Lords’ skills trees, will also be implemented alongside Norsca in the future.

Is the Vortex active in this?
No. The vortex remains on the map visually, but the race-for-control of the Vortex as featured in the Eye of the Vortex campaign will not be present in Mortal Empires. Each Legendary Lord will of course have their own victory conditions and objectives.

Can I play a co-op campaign with different races?
Yes. Unlike the Eye of the Vortex campaign, there is no mechanic requiring both players to play as Legendary Lords from the same race if they wish to work together. This means you’re able to co-op as any two races/factions you wish, and create whatever lore-breaking unholy alliance you desire.

Is two player co-op still the limit?

Have the Old World factions been balanced against the New World factions?
While the Foundation Update changes to Skill Trees won’t be applied to the Old World races till later, there have been some tweaks and changes in Mortal Empires to ensure they’re up to scratch with their new potential allies and enemies. As with all changes we’ll be monitoring feedback in our official forums and will continue to make changes and additions in future updates.

Will Old World starting positions be moved/separated?

Not at this stage. We’ll continue to support and tweak aspects of Mortal Empires over time, and different starting positions for Old World Legendary Lords are one such consideration.

How big is the download/install size for patch 1 and Mortal Empires?

Due to the unique way Steam patches games – by backing up your existing installation, applying the freshly-downloaded data to the duplicate, then deleting the old installation, if you ever wondered – you may need to free up some hard drive space to install Mortal Empires. Here’s what you can expect:

Mortal Empires patch download size: ~4.5 GB
Mortal Empires Campaign download size: ~713 MB
WARHAMMER II pre-patch installation footprint: ~40.5 GB
Total disk space required during update installation (includes 44.5 GB temporary files for installation process): ~85 GB
WARHAMMER II post-patch installation footprint: ~42.5 GB

 If you’ve limited space on your primary hard drive (for example, if you’re using an SSD with limited space as your primary drive, with a secondary mechanical drive for mass storage), a useful workaround we’ve found is to setup a secondary Steam Library folder on your storage drive. Provided you have enough space on your primary drive for the final installation (see ‘post-patch installation footprint’ above), Steam will automagically utilise any other registered Steam folders on other drives as a download location for the install process.

To set up a secondary Library folder in Steam, Click Steam->Settings->Downloads and click the Steam Library Folders button. From here you can create extra Library folders on any of your drives.


What is Blood for the Blood God?

Blood for the Blood God is a DLC for both Total War: WARHAMMER I & II. It unlocks gruesome special effects on the battlefield to show the true horrors of war in all its bloody carnage.

What effects does Blood for the Blood God bring to my game?

Blood for The Blood God brings a number of gory, mature-rated effects to Total War: WARHAMMER II

  • Blood spurts.
  • Gory spatter on unit models.
  • Limb and head dismemberment (humanoids and non-legendary characters).
  • Zombies and skeletons may continue to fight after dismemberment!
  • Explosive gibbing from deadly mid-torso strikes.
  • Blood-drenched UI elements.
  • Random, global campaign events that generate greater carnage in battle.

I paid for Blood for the Blood God for WARHAMMER, do I have to buy it again for WARHAMMER II?

Nope! If you bought Blood for the Blood God for Total War: WARHAMMER I, you’ll also receive Blood for the Blood God for WARHAMMER II free of charge. Likewise, purchasing Blood for the Blood God for WARHAMMER II will unlock Blood for the Blood God for WARHAMMER 1.

How much is the Blood for the Blood God DLC?

Blood for the Blood God will retail at £1.99 on Steam

How do I turn on Blood for the Blood God?

Once downloaded, Blood effects can be enabled in the Advanced Graphics Settings of Total War: WARHAMMER II.

Will Blood for the Blood God raise the age rating of Total War: WARHAMMER II?

Yes, depending on your country of residence, Blood for the Blood God may raise the age rating of the main game.

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