I've been thinking about this a lot lately, and now I'm really worried. I've realised that with only 3 faction slots left its beginning to look like Creative Assembly have finally chosen money over integrity, as there are clearly going to be more than 8 playable factions. This leads me to believe they've finally lost all credibility and are now planning faction packs (not just thinking of and releasing them after main games' release). Years ago, this would not happen but now that Steam has helped DLC distribution CA are starting to seriously take advantage and simply take the piss. Someone please tell me that the 8 factions arn't the only playable ones at release or CA are responsible for all over their fanbase. Disgrace.