Napoleon waging Total War in February

French general the subject of The Creative Assembly's turn-based/real-time PC strategy franchise, due in 2010.

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With Empire: Total War, The Creative Assembly modernized its long-running hybrid turn-based/real-time military strategy franchise. The PC title focused on the establishment of many European civilizations during the 18th century, touching on such subjects as the industrial revolution, the United States' Revolutionary War, and Asian trade routes.

Only one man would dare to wear such a hat...

As part of GamesCom in Cologne, Germany, today, Sega and The Creative Assembly announced that they would be advancing their campaign into the 19th century with Napoleon: Total War. The game is expected to arrive for the PC in February 2010.

As its name suggests, Napoleon: Total War follows legendary French general and (later) Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, illustrating his ascent and fall from power through the battles he waged on the battlefield. Creative Assembly tracks Napoleon's progress beginning with his early campaigns in Italy and Egypt, through his frozen defeat in Russia, and concluding with his ultimate defeat at the hands of the Duke of Wellington at the Battle of Waterloo.

Players will also be able to assume command of Napoleon's enemies, facing off against the strategic savant on historical battlefields. The game will also include a number of features that defined the well-received Empire: Total War, including land and sea engagements, a detailed campaign map, and expanded diplomacy mechanics.

For more on GamesCom, check out GameSpot's continuing coverage live from Germany.

Discussion

111 comments
Nickylucas
Nickylucas

Since in Single Player the only playable nations are France (Story Mode), Great Britian, Prussia, Russia and Austria I hope they add an expansion that brings in United States into the game and other countries around the world because it would be interesting to see, if you play as the United States in a campaign, to try and take over Europe and overthrow Napoleon.

FlutFlut
FlutFlut

Well, it dosen't have to a whole new game just a expansion

bassguitar234
bassguitar234

I doubt they'll do the American Civil war because there would be only two major nations to play as. This game looks like it will be awesome, but I wanted a RTW2 too

SevennDeuce
SevennDeuce

The Mongols not only destroyed and ravaged Moscow, but they held Russia and its princes in slavery for almost 400 years. Russian women weren't even allowed to wear underwear according to the Khans who controlled those regions.

gijas
gijas

Considering Napoleon was the only historic military leader to take Moscow and burn it to the ground is grounds for a great game to me. I wonder if CA will ever do the American Civil War or add it as an expansion for this game?

swmackin
swmackin

No worries man. From the article above: "Players will also be able to assume command of Napoleon's enemies, facing off against the strategic savant on historical battlefields"

kaijui
kaijui

@harrysg1975 this isnt a DLC, its a new game and i think its really pointless... i a patriot to england so why would i want to play as the french... this is not going to be very popular, but im going to decide if to buy this when they tell us more about what is diffrent/better about this game than empire. but im not expecting anything brilliant

harrysg1975
harrysg1975

i can't believe you guys... total war series is the best ever made . Rome is numero uno but ETW with some AI bug fixes and more ( you can download so many mods ) it will be the best of the best. i am looking forward for the 2 new expansions (Napoleon,Warpath). i challenge all of you to name just one game which battle lasts more than 2 minutes!!!

KENICUS
KENICUS

ETW is buggy laden. Now they say that Napoleon TW will enhance ETW and surpass it. Well, I will wait like the rest of us and see. It's hard to look away from this one if you are a die hard historical RTS gamer. Lets hope for the best!!!

Strannik_
Strannik_

Oh man, after the disappointment that ETW was, even after uying it six months after release I would advice other players to keep their money in their pockets until the game has been tested true at least 8 months after release. Empire was released seven months ago and it still doesn't have a viable AI

Humorguy_basic
Humorguy_basic

What a rip-off! I buy a buggy dumbed down game called Empire Total War, that missed features that Creative Assembly said it was going to have, and then barely a year after ETW's release, you get ANOTHER full price game that supposedly will have the ETW improvements instead! For PC gamers, this is once more proof of how we are treated like third class citizens and it seems the attitude of publishers is 'just be grateful it's on PC!'!! There is NO NO NO NO way I am going to buy this game next year!!!! By doing that you are supporting this type of treatment and will only get more of it!!!!! The gaming media should be all over Creative Assembly's actions, but of course, they support the industry, not us gamers, so we get a non emotional press release like the above!!!! I am SO mad!

IrishCatGod
IrishCatGod

I still don't see anywhere it is said that this is an expansion. As far as I know this is a standalone game, meaning you won't need Empire: Total War to play it.

BU_ABBASS
BU_ABBASS

hi this game expinsion to empire total war release date: World: 2010 play modes: single / multiplayer multiplayer: LAN / Internet game language: English age requirements: 16+ | media: 1 DVD suggested system requirements: Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz, 2 GB RAM, graphic card 512 MB (GeForce 8800 or better), 15 GB HDD, Windows XP SP2/Vista.

sergio_afonso
sergio_afonso

i hope they improve the sieges! They were awful and with lots of bugs! It was my worse disapointment!

PodXCOM
PodXCOM

Wow, Napoleon's face was incredible! So life like. I think they were also using Image Metrics. And that voice, ' I say "I am Napoleon, I am Emperor!"' very powerful.

Captain_Riposte
Captain_Riposte

I kinda knew that CA was going to make this, but I'm a little disappointed that CA skipped the 17th century in their timeline. This period was eventful military-wise, featured colorful armies and notable generals (often seemingly larger-than-life in personality), and battles that were a cross between the volleyed musket exchanges of the 18th century and the chaotic melees of the Middle Ages. There are many classic conflicts that could be covered: the Thirty Years' War, the numerous wars of Louis XIV, he Williamite War, the English Civil Wars, the Anglo-Dutch Wars, King Phillip's War, just to name a few. Making a game of the period would certainly fill a hole in the market, since the 1600's are seldom covered. The international success of Cossacks should indicate that it will have an audience. But that's just my opinion. :-) That said, I still think this will be a fun historical title in a fascinating period and I look forward to playing it (but not as much as I did for Empire). I wonder if this will be an add-on like Viking Invasion, a total conversion like Barbarian Invasion, or if they will make this a stand-alone title? I found it curious that it's called Napoleon: Total War rather than Empire: Total War Napoleon. Chances are, though, that it's some sort of X-pack since CA probably wants your $$$ from the previous title as well.

Adziboy
Adziboy

I haven't really played the Total War games but I have played a lot of RTS games - and the one thing I'm wondering is if this is actually a game or just a mod, really? Over the years I've played RTS games, people have turned games completely in the opposite direction with a mod wether it be new factions, units, models etc... and this just sounds like that. A total war game with some skins of the units. But then again, I haven't played Total War - maybe it's completely different.

aura_enchanted
aura_enchanted

sweet jue sui NAPOLEAN! o lemme tell you bout a little battle called waterloooo (strums on banjo)

BenBenBen93
BenBenBen93

peeps. All games of TW are very goodRome being the best for fun, but that doesn't mean medieval 2 was CRAP also Empire totoal war was crippled by bugs but if you could look past them (somehow) it may of been game of the year or at least best so far.

yanks8787
yanks8787

If you look at the bottom left corner while the ship is burning it says "london 54 miles"

ISuPrEmAcY32I
ISuPrEmAcY32I

Hm, interesting idea beagle_san. I didn't catch that myself. When i saw it i assumed he was burning his ships in Egypt or something so that his troops wouldn't dream of going home. but with all the ships in the background, a huge naval battle sounds more appropriate, like you suggested. sweet. Edit: on a second view of the video, you can actually see the name "victory" on the ship. Clearly Identifiable if you watch in HD. good catch man.

LorDaftwager
LorDaftwager

Nahhh the Total War series is still great. Medieval Total War 2 was class, and admittedly Empire was indeed a disaster, but hopefully with this expansion they can sort it out.

ISuPrEmAcY32I
ISuPrEmAcY32I

Awesome! I will admit to never playing a Total War game before, but this looks great. Napoleon is a little explored topic in games etc, but if you know anything about him it's pretty dang awesome. He was brilliant...totally insane, sure, but brilliant. I think you could make alot of comparisons to him and Hitler to be honest. Brilliant leaders/tacticians, both certifiable, both took over near all of Europe. I'll definitely be following this game closely

Beagle_san
Beagle_san

Interesting alternate history trailer. Yep, Russia tamed Napoleon...but not in the world where this trailer is set. The trailer ends with Napoleon ordering, "Burn it!" What is being burned on the seashore? The wreck of HMS Victory, which in our world was Nelson's flagship at Trafalgar, the battle which effectively ended Napoleon's chance at shifting the balance of naval power, closing the door on any chance to invade England. In our world, HMS Victory is today the world's oldeast commissioned warship, a drydocked museum in Portsmouth, England. The trailer's implication is that it is being "filmed" on the British seashore as Napoleon invades England, the implication being that the player will have that opportunity in the game, the opportunity to redo Napoleon's errors and missed chances.

TacticalELJ
TacticalELJ

After Rome and Rome Barbarian Invasion,the Total War is just getting worse.

Titch-X
Titch-X

Well this is retarded there making a whole new game? this should be a DLC/Campaign like the Road to Independance.

muppetts1000
muppetts1000

ETW what a disaster, take more than just a funky film to rescue this series which just keeps getting worse. They have not improved at all since Rome and the A.I seems to have been given a frontal Lobotomy! CA sold out there fans to SEGA and now they are going to do what every big software house does, pump out crap for the 9 years olds to soak up until the maket dries up.

JFFHawke
JFFHawke

Maybe CA should have actually finished E:TW before allocating resources to this title. Given the fact it is being released relatively soon after Empire, (a year?) I would venture to say they were hard at work crafting this title, when in fact they should have polished E:TW. Let's hear it for dev's that just keep grabbing for more loot!

Abberon
Abberon

This will be the first Total War title ever that I WON'T pick up. Empire: Total War is still one of the worst games I've ever played. With the AI being as bad as it is, and Empire being probably the easiest and most unrewarding single-player experiences I've ever put on my hard drive, I really can't see myself dropping the $$ for more of the same crap.

dimalau
dimalau

I couldn't care less about that tiny french guy, I want to see Rome 2.

capedbear
capedbear

LOL Napoleon never tamed Russia, he was tamed !

sub-raid
sub-raid

This is gonna be awsome.

mouthforbathory
mouthforbathory

It's companies like Creative Assembly that make me love PC gaming so much. No crappy console porting to limit their creativity!

Chiefmigrain
Chiefmigrain

Yes! This will be sweet,but I was wanting RTW 2

shawn7324
shawn7324

I was completely hooked on Empire Total War for a few months & didn't know Napoleon was going to arrive so soon. I guess I'll have to add another game purchase to an already $$$ eating machine that will be year 2010.

Dawn_oF_Doom
Dawn_oF_Doom

i want Rome Total War 2!! With the possibility to play with all races!! Also, it will be better if they make the AI a bit smarter and make him do a more tactical and strategical deployment of forces. I mean, if u look at them, they all do the same moves, all the time. All the races... so it's easy to counter and defeat them. Also, the AI on the battlefield ain't that much of a challenge even on the hardest of difficulties... so, go Rome TTW 2 pls :)

penpusher
penpusher

i only just started empire but I am so excited for this already :D

thingta42
thingta42

Wonder if they will ever make a Shogun II

gameking5000
gameking5000

This game had better not bee as unfinished as ETW at Launch

ele975
ele975

Awesome idea, let's focus on a new expansation pack while there are still numerous errors, bugs and glitches. What a fantastic idea Creative, say, how about focusing more on Empire Total War and FIX it properly. Anyways, aside from all the errors, the trailer looks good and lets hope for less errors.

maya1388
maya1388

Ok now we need Shogun 2: Total war after this. Samurais and Ninjas with these graphics=Total War perfection

NavIGOtoR25
NavIGOtoR25

Maybe it is stand alone, maybe - add-on, the fact is, that the game is now making and it is a wonderful news, because I love TOTAL WAR!

NavIGOtoR25
NavIGOtoR25

Maybe it is stand alone, maybe - add-on, the fact is, that the game is now making and it is a wonderful news, because I love TOTAL WAR!

watercandle
watercandle

Apparently, haters have never played ETW post 1.3.