Total War: Arena download: How to play the resurrected game through NetEase partnership

Total War: Arena has relaunched! But in China. Yet there are ways to play it in English…

by Daryl Baxter
Total War Arena China

Fans of Total War: Arena rejoice; it lives again! But in China.

Ever since the game closed down in February of 2019, fans have been clamouring for a return to the title. It was a surprise to many in how well it played, and to see it shut down after a year caused some dismay across the community.

However, it was another surprise when it suddenly relaunched in September of this year, but only in China.

In partnership with ‘NetEase’, Creative Assembly have been working to include some new settings for this version too. But there is also a way that can allow you to play it in your own home as lockdown 2 begins.

Some Context..

Almost four years ago, Wargaming, SEGA and Creative Assembly announced a partnership to develop a free-to-play title from the Total War series.

This turned out to be Total War: Arena, a free-to-play title that launched in February of 2018. It received positive reviews, so it was a shame when it was shut down after a short period.

It featured two gameplay modes, with fourteen commanders in-game across four factions that can be unlocked over time or through in-game-purchases.

With players having to battle through 10 tiers of units, it was an addictive game, and praise was lavished on its design mechanics. But now with it seeing a re-release in China, players have been able to find a way of accessing it out of China.

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How to Play it

When Total War: Arena is downloaded and installed into your PC, follow these steps:

  • Go to the ‘Data’ folder
  • Find a file named ‘local_cn,pack’
  • Now change the name of the pack to your desired language.

That’s it. You will then be able to play the game in a language that you prefer, while being able to play through the eras between ‘Hellenistic’ to ‘Three Kingdoms’.

One hopes that Total War: Arena will see a resurgence soon, and on other platforms, but for now, a changed language pack can only suffice for now.

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Daryl Baxter