Creative Assembly building console RTS

Sega and Total War creators' postapocalyptic real-time strategy game Stormrise will arrive on 360, PS3, and PC in 2009.

Last year's Games Convention in Leipzig, Germany, was a busy one for The Creative Assembly. Not only did the West Sussex, UK-headquartered developer announce a brand-new installment in its highly involved Total War real-time strategy series, but it also debuted its first game for current-generation consoles, the Norse-mythology influenced action title Viking: Battle for Asgard on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Same great war, but now with more mechs!

While Viking didn't win much glory with critics, Sega today announced that The Creative Assembly's next effort would also be on consoles--as well as the PC. Titled Stormrise, the game is what The Creative Assembly calls its "first foray into purpose-built RTS titles for consoles," having been built from the ground up for the Xbox 360 and PS3. A PC edition is also in development, though it was unclear whether it would be optimized for the PC as well.

Leading on consoles isn't the only change The Creative Assembly is making to its history-based Total War formula. Stormrise picks up the popular postapocalyptic theme, presenting a civilization that has begun to once again emerge after a catastrophic event. Two warring factions arise from the rubble: the Echelon, a technologically advanced race that endured the planet's fallout by way of self-induced hibernation, and the Sai, a tribal society that adapted to the new environment and evolved.

A change in scenery won't be the only divergence, however. Rather than Total War's detached, general's-armchair view of battlefields, players will assume the role of frontline commander. The Creative Assembly will also introduce an element of "verticality," where units can be deployed in the air, on rooftops, at ground level, or below the planet's surface.

Stormrise is in development at The Creative Assembly's Australian studio and is expected to arrive for the Xbox 360, PS3, and PC in 2009.

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38 comments
ecko1o1
ecko1o1

I wish they would just concentrate on Total War.

lowkey254
lowkey254

Hmm... a Sega game without sonic. I smell a hit.

MetalMan300
MetalMan300

@GiftedOne What about command and conquer 3 (and kanes wrath), universe at war and battle for middle earth 2? Strategy games can still work on the 360 with effort from the developers. And if you look at reviews for those games, you'll see that the PC versions arent rated much higher than their console counterparts.

TenP
TenP

This game will be infinitely better on PC than on the consoles, all RTSs are.

pourya_ahmadian
pourya_ahmadian

GREAT XBOX360 everywhere;everyone tell wow about this GREAT; (WE ARE THE BEST AND WILL BE)

rachkovsky
rachkovsky

Anyone see the little crater at the end of the bright laser thing it looks too cartoonish in hat spot the rest looks good worth the wait

doomsoth
doomsoth

I hope that this is better than some of the game within that category that have just come out for consoles. I though C&C3 and BFME2 were pretty good, but Supreme Command was terrible and, IMO, Civilization was watered down. I'll keep my fingers crossed for this one.

Gifted_One
Gifted_One

I doubt that any RTS game will ever be better on a console rather than the PC. It simply is capable of handling hot keys.

Mars25
Mars25

I love RTS based games! Mechs are awesome!

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

uuu la la i miss fighitng with mechs. its an rts and that will have to do until the next mech warrior

ObiKKa
ObiKKa

Those mechs are so huge! They just strike that kind of fear into an infantry soldier, that's for sure! Probably too unnecessarily big, though, coz that compromises on efficiency, and cheaper resources required to build slightly smaller, but substantially shorter mechs. Just look at all the Mechwarrior-branded games, and all the other mech games that have appeared on PC last decade. Lord-Viru "...and the fact its made by Creative Assembly whose Total War series is absolutely brilliant is even better, hope they nail the control system." No, the Vikings game was created by the UK development studio, NOT that Australian (Brisbane) studio, which built the famous PC brand of the Total War games.

kweeni
kweeni

really hope i'll be able to run empire total war on my laptop, also hope they'll make another shogun or rome, that would be awesome!! oh and this sounds pretty cool 2

Lord-Viru
Lord-Viru

I disagree with Gamespot on Viking, I thought it was highly underrated, but anyway its always good to see an RTS making its way to consoles so I don't have to fork out hundreds of pounds on upgrading my computer, and the fact its made by Creative Assembly whose Total War series is absolutely brilliant is even better, hope they nail the control system.

Stabby
Stabby

"While Viking didn't win much glory with critics" Notably GameSpot of which while I can respect their opinion on some aspects, others are wrong if not contradictory to other reviews by them. Anyway, this should be great if CA utilize their famous massive battles mechanic!

Kez1984
Kez1984

"@PSdual_wielder: Probably because they are sick of making history games seeing as the age Empire: Total war is in the guns take 5 minutes to fire and reload. At least this is a new idea in a sea of history that most people don't pay attention to." lol, what?

Richard7666
Richard7666

Good, hopefully CA will stick to RTS now and not attempt any more action games, which they apparently just cannot manage to pull off. Plus it's not really CA anyway, it's a sub-studio. It's in Australia so I doubt this will affect their main Total War franchise, which is good.

spatan11711
spatan11711

about time Creative Assembly made a console rts game now i cart wait for this one.

punkpunker
punkpunker

wow,lots of interesting ideas. it could be a good game for the start for the stormrise series. I wish they keep total war's turn-base 'building units' and you are able to call them for reinforcements when you are outnumbered or units you build are set to reserves. i wonder what happened when i call reinforcements to travel underground and pop below the enemy's feet :lol:

portej
portej

Looks like another fun but incredibly time-consuming game...

Viron_Berserker
Viron_Berserker

@PSdual_wielder: Probably because they are sick of making history games seeing as the age Empire: Total war is in the guns take 5 minutes to fire and reload. At least this is a new idea in a sea of history that most people don't pay attention to.

Kez1984
Kez1984

Uh, they making Empire: Total War and judging by there history expansions to come.

Iemander
Iemander

Well, can we now say that Creative Assembly totally sucks? I love their Total War games but the crap they've been churning up lately is absolute ****. Medieval 2 was good but it was just a remake in the end. Last truly good thing they made was Rome: Total War. RIP to a great company.

combatsoldier
combatsoldier

this is pretty cool. sounds like it will be a good one.

sdauz
sdauz

Empire total war, yeah yeah!!!!! and ohh this game too.......

PSdual_wielder
PSdual_wielder

And hence the question, why are they doing this?

Kez1984
Kez1984

"Oh, as opposed to, say, PC gaming? Did you know that the mouse is the simplest input device of all? It's how they teach grade school kids on the computer. Only the true hardcore play RTS games on a gamepad." lol! Priceless.

PsychoBear
PsychoBear

looks ok and sounds ok but I think what would really make the headline... remake of Shogun - Total War !!

Demoman286th
Demoman286th

Another Post-Apocalyptic game? I'd like to say hooray, but eh, it's a console RTS. I'd much rather play Starcraft 2 and Dawn of War 2.

mikewalsh69
mikewalsh69

damm... i was hoping for rome: total war 2. or one in north america. or back to japan

STVeo
STVeo

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SalarianChemist
SalarianChemist

Playstation 3 has been available for nearly 2 years and it still does not have any games in the Real-Time Strategy genre. That is pretty sad. "If" and I repeat "If" this game is released for the Playstation 3, it will be the first and only game in the Real-Time Strategy genre for the Playstation 3. The reason I say "If" is because every single Real-Time Strategy game that has been scheduled for release on the Playstation 3 has been cancelled. The most recent victim is Red Alert from EA. Originally it was going to be released for PC, Xbox 360, and Playstation 3. We now know that it will be released on PC and Xbox 360, but not Playstation 3. Xbox 360 really has had all the bases covered with a great lineup of games in every genre since its launch, even niche genres such as Real Time Strategy. Halo Wars is going to be the true "Killer App" that dominates the Real Time Strategy genre this year.

mysterylobster
mysterylobster

No to multiplat, if your making RTS for console, just make it for console, I don't care, see them as a separate entity, we don't want our games dumbed down for 14 year olds. Oh, as opposed to, say, PC gaming? Did you know that the mouse is the simplest input device of all? It's how they teach grade school kids on the computer. Only the true hardcore play RTS games on a gamepad.

VolcanoMan001
VolcanoMan001

Yeah, come on CA, make some kind of historical based RTS game! And remake Shogun already!

richos
richos

Yeah kez1984, you see that?? console rts, so we have to make a postapocalyptic game, with space marines and mechs and all that stuff... halo wars 2 X-D Anyway its creative assembly, so lets wait and pray for a good game

limpbizkit818
limpbizkit818

I was kinda hoping this was going to be some type of TW game.

thesaxmaniac
thesaxmaniac

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Kez1984
Kez1984

No to multiplat, if your making RTS for console, just make it for console, I don't care, see them as a separate entity, we don't want our games dumbed down for 14 year olds.