Creative Assembly gets Medieval again

Developer returns to PCs with first direct sequel in Total War universe, sets gamers on path to conquest in Holy Lands, New World.

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After a brief dalliance with hack-and-slash console gaming, The Creative Assembly is returning to the PC real-time-strategy world with Medieval 2: Total War.

"Medieval 2: Total War is the result of 7 years' continuous development of the Total War series and has been designed to appeal to all gamers, not just hardcore strategy fans," Creative Assembly studio director Mike Simpson said in a statement. Simpson hyped the game, saying, "Each game in the series has outshone the previous one and Medieval 2: Total War is no exception."

Not only will the game handle battles with 10,000 troops (as its predecessor did), but it will also outfit them with their own armor, helmet, and weapons for some visual variety. Players who zoom in on a fray will be able to watch the 200-plus unit types fight with new combat choreography that includes blocks, parries, combo attacks, and finishing moves.

While it covers essentially the same time period as its predecessor, the years of 1080-1530, Medieval 2: Total War expands the scope of the game well beyond Europe's borders. The campaign mode will allow players to test their mettle in the New World in battles with the Aztecs. Religion will continue to play a large role in the game; players can embark on Crusades at the behest of the pope, ignore the papacy entirely and risk excommunication, or plot the pope's downfall and install a puppet pope in his place.

Medieval 2: Total War will be published by Sega and is slated for a winter 2006 release in North America and Europe.

Discussion

60 comments
morph_sa
morph_sa

Goze got it right, all the TW games have been awesome and this sounds great, but we need much better AI. Multiplayer on the strategic map anyone?? I really hope they finally introduce a multiplayer campaign.

williamlawrence
williamlawrence

I hope it doesn't get dumbed down, I hope it's even more in depth than Rome was. Rome is the best game ever, I certainly hope they come through with SEGA to deliver a game that expands the game play options to even greater frontiers. Funding rebellions, political dealings, systems of governance, below of course the King, realism is the key. The screen shots look amazing, lets hope the game gets even more content and options than Rome.

IonViol
IonViol

I hardly wait to see the spirit of Medieval reborn.

Patriot2990
Patriot2990

Glad to hear they are making a sequel to the original. Hopefully they bring back some of the old concepts.

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

didn't play the first one, so, meh.

ROCKINGFOOL
ROCKINGFOOL

i think ill pass since iam act of war addict so iam gona wait for the expansion that its coming in march woho :)

plightstar
plightstar

The Orginal was so good, and with the Total War series going from strength to strength, I can't wait. Horrah!!!

Tipio16
Tipio16

THIS IS A DREAM COME TRUE!!!!

carnie06
carnie06

aside from call of duty 2 or battlfeild 2 or even wow...i always thought and still think the total war series has always been the best game out there...especially after making Rome...its done...total war owns all...

sextus1
sextus1

One down and one (Shogun-TW) to go. The re-introduction of Medieval 2 is the best news I have heard all year. Way to go CA

Goze
Goze

Looks interesting... I've been a fan of Rome: Total War and I'm looking forward to seeing how this game will turn out... One thing though... I really really hope they vastly improve the enemy AI, especially on the battlefield... It's pretty ridiculous having the enemy running around in circles in castles while my archers are decimating them... Ruins my whole respect for the game as a "strategy" game...

mattkorn
mattkorn

yes another excuse to invade france

madmongothe
madmongothe

i will love to see the byzantines in america

cross-dark-fire
cross-dark-fire

Yahooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

mnkyking
mnkyking

cant wait 2 play as some of the new factions, like the scottish or the papacy. Can u play as the papacy in the viking invasion expansion? i havent gotten it yet

Twinathon
Twinathon

Dude i am lookin forward to this for ages. The first one rocked and so did rome.

stingerhs
stingerhs

heck yeah. and i wouldn't worry about map sizes the game is built on the Rome engine. with a bit of modding, you can get an absolutely massive campaign map that doesn't bog down your system. from the sounds of it, CA isn't about to make this a 'small' campaign of any sort. sounds like a lot more fun.

TigerLord
TigerLord

hopefully we'll get naval combat this time...

Articuno76
Articuno76

it seems a bit odd that they have gone back there. Why not go back to Shogun instead and then work back up? Samurai are cooler.

master_blue
master_blue

I hope it turns out better than Rome Total War. Medieval was the best the total war game so hopefully its direct sequel will be decent.

EvilPope2005
EvilPope2005

I'd love to get this, but my computer would never play it.. I'd have to do everything at the lowest settings.. And it still would lag :(

o12er
o12er

yah naval battles would kick @$$. so would expanding to asia and all of africa, but having the americas in the game would make it to big and useless.

JonathanNash
JonathanNash

Whoo! Finishing moves! Forget World peace right now, finishing moves are what we need. The "New World" stuff sounds like it could be interesting though, although I wonder how they'll incorporate it, some sort of Crusade-type expedition perhaps?

eltrevo
eltrevo

I CAN'T WAIT FOR THIS!!!!!!!! TOTAL WAR IS MY LIFE!!!!!!!!

gdogg4210
gdogg4210

No shogun 2, bah, i guess if you can fight on the other side of the crusades it should be cool

alpha_company
alpha_company

If it's anything near Rome Total War......it's going to be superb....wow. Can't wait.

jazilla
jazilla

Rome: Total War is the only one of these games that I have played, but I was completely impressed with the game. If this game is as involving, then color me all about it yo!

mr_goodbyte
mr_goodbyte

oh man... i'll need a beast of a pc to run that

mr_goodbyte
mr_goodbyte

oh man... i'll need a beast of a pc to run that

limpbizkit818
limpbizkit818

medival total war was my favorite game, and wow i must get this

GyRo567
GyRo567

I still have to go back and beat Rome: Total War... >_> I had a broken CD-RW at the time (don't go for free ones kids) and didn't get the game installed until I got the next big fancy game for the new year.

GaaraZanta
GaaraZanta

Really Excited, but yes. they should do something like Empre:Total War, in which you start as one country during a time period, a set time period say 1300s-1700s, and can coquer the world or a set place, with the same type, though improved, of gameplay as the previous total war games.

zymase
zymase

puppet pope, eh... sounds tempting

Princecake
Princecake

the aztec?.... how about instead of adding a bunch of useless craps like combo - block etc - which I doubt would add another lvl of enjoyment to the game - they make it a bigger world? including the whole globe? now that's what u'd call "total war" tiny puny europe in the dark ages is not worth the second sequel. at that veri same period - fights between "millions" men sides in asia were taking place unlike Europe's few thousands

Gribb85
Gribb85

Fantastic news!! About time someone faithfully recreated the conquest of Americas and the crusades. The Roman period was excellent, but Early modern is outstanding. The possibilitys for political struggle are numerous! The mentioning of blocking and counter blocking sounds absolutely amazing, and you thought R:TW battles were impressive :-D

Irvine78
Irvine78

Okay. My head just exploded. Anybody have a spare head? THIS GAME WILL RULE THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SWEET LORD!!!!!!

Max_Fischer
Max_Fischer

I'm still hoping for a direct Shogun sequel. Good news nonetheless.

wytefang
wytefang

Sweet, sounds like a good plan for the Creative Assembly, hopefully they can make a game good enough to placate the hundred or so whiny fans who didn't like Rome:Total War. I have faith in them to do so...

expertgamer3
expertgamer3

ill take a look at it. hope its good though.

tejeev
tejeev

Awesome news Just wondering if they will use the same engine as Rome or build a more graphically refined one with more physics