No one can deny that the Immortal Empire’s map is vast. It is an area maybe similar to five of our earthly continents, and there are so many unexplored islands. The aim of Total War: Warhammer 3 is to explore and settle these places. Some of them may need conquering to remove unwanted habitants. There are, however, tons of these islands that are not yet available for conquest.
Creative Assembly has no short-term plans to open them either. “At the moment, those areas aren’t to be used, or at least maybe not in the way people hope and think,” developer Rich Aldridge recently explained.
However, thanks to mod creators, there are 58 new islands that have been made available to players. Modders have created the Immortal Empire Expanded mod which allows the conquest and settlement of these islands. One of those islands is Nippon.
Nippon is the Total War universe simulation of Japan and players are eager to conquer and settle this island. Some reasons for this may include
- Nippon is strategically located in the middle of two large land masses which must channel it or come close to habit and settle.
- The island mimics the Earth’s Japan and players believe that it is rich in resources
- Settlement of the island could mean strategic relations with other factions
Yet, one may ask, is it necessary to hasten the exploration of these islands, especially Nippon? The answer is surprising and impressive. Total War has seen an evolution of its players and their war strategies. They are no longer satisfied with standard battle quests. They have become generals, leaders who understand the importance of strategic posturing.
By the time they have reached the third sequel of Total War, we are sensing a collective gaming prowess that involves three and five phases of wargaming built around realistic battle strategies. They have advanced beyond foot soldiers.
Nippon Island has become an indispensable facet of their conquest and long-term war strategy.