Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia

A Total War Saga unveiled, spiritual follow-up to Rome II

It'll be more focused on key events and characters.

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Creative Assembly has announced that it will be launching a "new class of historical Total War game" that is known, for now, as A Total War Saga, which will land before the next major historical release in the Total War series.

These Total War Sagas will focus on "pivotal flashpoints" in eras such as wars, conquests, and political revolutions, and the first of these will be similar in scope to Fall of the Samurai. The first will also carry on from Rome and Attila, so fans of those series in particular might want to pay close attention.

Games director for the Sagas Jack Lusted explained a little more about the new plans on the Total War Website, including a definition of what makes the game a Total War Saga.

"With our big releases that cover entire eras, like Rome or Empire, we've been following them up with standalone games that focus on a single character's life and the time around them; like Napoleon or Attila," he said. "But there are also these key, pivotal points in history which don't necessarily revolve around a single character, and only lasted a few months or few decades at most. Such moments also tend to be constrained to a tight geographic area as well."

"These moments are perfect fuel for Total War. They're a powder keg, where anything can happen and history could have gone in any direction. Sagas are epic stories, and we felt that name described those moments well, and allows us to go into the kind of individual detail we love."

"So, Total War Saga games will be the same mix of turn-based campaign strategy, real-time battle tactics and hundreds if not thousands of hours of gameplay as a regular Total War game, but focussed down on a distinct moment.Sagas won't be revolutionary new titles or introduce brand-new eras; they'll follow-on from previous Total War games and inhabit the same time-period, or at the very least relate to it. But these are certainly Total War games."

Lusted also mentioned that this is a separate thing from another Total War game in development that will take place in a historical setting they haven't visited before, and with a much larger team behind it. On top of this, he also teased that it'll be "another spiritual follow-up to Total War: Rome II."

This doesn't mean the Sagas will be small, though. "To help show the kind of scale we're talking about, the game that I'm currently working on has a map that is comparable in gameplay size to Total War: Attila, but focused on a smaller geographic area, and the campaign will take as long to complete as any other Total War title does. Focusing on a single geographic location in this way allows us to go into greater detail with the period and setting," Lusted said.

What do you hope to see from these Sagas?

Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia

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"The more detailed focus works very well, and the greater emphasis on character progression breathes new life into the strategy half of the campaign."

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