Sega waging new Total War

Creative Assembly's PC strategy series heads to the gunpowder age in 2008 with Empire: Total War.

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Yesterday during the Games Convention in Leipzig, Germany, Sega revealed that Creative Assembly would be indulging the bloodthirsty fantasies of Nordic mythology fans with Viking: Battle for Asgard. While this was good news for those looking for a Scandinavian take on God of War, many Creative Assembly fans worried the UK-based developer was abandoning its Total War real-time strategy series for PCs.

Peasants are no longer the only cannon fodder.

But if there's one thing the Creative Assembly knows, it's how to launch a surprise attack. Following up yesterday's debut of Creative Assembly's new IP, Sega announced that the studio has been developing Empire: Total War since last year for a 2008 release on PC.

Empire will slightly modernize the Total War experience by focusing on the establishment of many European empires during the 18th century. The game will touch on such subjects as the Industrial Revolution, the United States' Revolutionary War, and Asian trade routes. The game will feature the same style of turn-based global strategy mixed with tactical real-time 3D battles.

In Empire, Creative Assembly will expand its offerings by introducing naval combat to the Total War series. Players will be able to command armadas as well as single ships, with sea and weather effects factoring into the outcome of each conflict. Given that Empire deals heavily in the gunpowder age, Creative Assembly will also include cannons and muskets for both land and sea combat. Additionally, the game will feature revamped trade, diplomacy, and espionage units, a retooled user interface, and an extended scope that encompasses India, Europe, and North America.

Empire: Total War has not yet been rated. For more on the game, check out GameSpot's first look from the Leipzig Games Convention.

Discussion

69 comments
SMOKEY_321
SMOKEY_321

Game looks good!!!!, canny wait te gett it''', lol, I'm gonna kill all those yanks ;).

untaruandrei
untaruandrei

Please can someone tell me exactley when will it appear

karambaa
karambaa

i hope they make soldier units too only navy is boring

fredgwatkin
fredgwatkin

Do you think CA could stretch the formula to cover trench warfare/WWI combat? On second thoughts, that could make for the most boring RTS game of all time!

kingiskander
kingiskander

i have to say WWWOOOOWWW omfg brilliant i cant wait. finnaly u can play ship battles and theres more world to explore. i do hope they make an expansion with napoleon in it then that would be the bomb :D

FragginWagon
FragginWagon

Vasot, you have my vote for the most time-wasting, ill-informed, and all around lamest bigoted post I've seen in a long time. You have no business playing historical sim strategy games, as the effect will ultimately be lost on your fragile little empty mind. Genghis Khan would pwn your sorry ass.

choclateskater
choclateskater

Vasot your an idot! China was the most advanced country in the world, while EUROPE was still fighting with swords, china was developing cannons and guns, and the trade routes with asia were a big deal. And the only empires werent just in europe, mongolia almost and could've conqured europe. get your facts right

Vasot
Vasot

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shpa
shpa

o snap i'm stoked on naval wars, no more random dice throws for campaign to see if your ships survive or not, yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes

King_Arthur55
King_Arthur55

it's amazing butt it's make me not fun why should only in Europe why not stories like in Asian ..... so make it complete to be a World Empire it's true of World. like a American,African,Australian,and Asia soo take a new Exploration .

gah468
gah468

i am sad with this. WHERE THE HELL IS ROME 2 TOTAL WAR?!?!?I dont give a damn if my computer cant run it, cuz mine sucks arse touching monkey balls, but at least it will give me a goal to save up for, besides medieval 2 which i also want, but at least im content with rome total war for now:)

lingtong15
lingtong15

I am having to try to buy or at leasy upgrade my computer quite alot before this game comes out. It will be massive territory wise and naval battles! That has to be good I am expecting the next game will either be a new shogun game or a late 19th-easrly 21st century one, but i would prefer a Shogun one as i never played the first and i have heard only good things about it

Bagge87
Bagge87

Yea i agree... to much gameplay in eroupa.. it would be nice, with some change... like Asia.. or as some of you say a ww2.. But in any case, i think this is going to be a great and abit more refreshing... :)

the_one500
the_one500

Anyone know if there is a mod to change med 2 or rome into shogun!? as much as I cannot wait to get my hands on empire, I would've thought by now there'd at least be a mod to bring the original and best in the series into glorious 3-d!?!?!? ANY news would be much appreciated :o) ... oh and jzen, just noticed ur post and I DO agree, its about bloody time there was a shogun 2!!!!!

Cookie2-0
Cookie2-0

batledroid321 you are clearly drunk or stuiped as ever total war game has been anything but a disappointment. PS: NAVAL BATTLES YYAAAHHHH

darkestreignofc
darkestreignofc

This total war game can be more than empires of the 1700's and 1800's with improved modding, so it can be very different in whatever place, time, setting, with whatever people and things.

batledroid321
batledroid321

Y R yall so excited when every1 of their games has been a dissappointment?

amscheip1
amscheip1

this is probably going to be the best game ever made. ever since shogun i was hoping for this kind of installment in total war. now all they need to do is make shogun II

SGTPoopypants
SGTPoopypants

i know it wont ever happen but i think if they could some how get the licensing to make a lord of the rings total war based off the movies there was battle for middle earth but its just not the same and there are enough factions in the middle earth universe to make it work (its never gonna happen but its a nice dream :( )

durio
durio

WOW! This looks amazing.. I knew they would make this one next. I can hardly wait.. I wish they could make a Asia-Europe game, where you get to invade Europe with Samurais, it be swell. I think Creative are going to fill a lot of missing features from Imperial Glory. And damn the 3D naval battles feature will be a killer. So i dont care, I was end up loving whatever they release :D

jzen
jzen

I`m really looking forward to this new Total war game I hope they put more items for generals to gain, more video for a sense of achievement . The last thing I will say is that they should honor their achievement and success and make a SHOGUN TOTAL WAR 2. With the devolpement and difference in the games now it will be the best game ever. If they make a Shogun 2 they should not forget the two Mongolian invasions that failed due to excellent samuri swordsmen and typhoons that hit them. The mongolians did have better cavalry and some say they even had balls filled with some kind of gun powder thats what it said on descovery channel. they could even go back a bit earlier and include the whole of china. Just check out the armour and fierce soldiers in the movie HERO. What a game China, Japan Mongolia. Think about it. SHOGUN deserves another chance. Does anyone agree?????

Majinssj2Vegita
Majinssj2Vegita

Cant wait I hope it will be the best total war game out i hear there will be tons of faction but only like 20 playable?

Myrmidon_x
Myrmidon_x

I was hoping for an STW2, but this will have to suffice. Let's hope that it's everything Imperial Glory wasn't.

Dugald
Dugald

I was actually hoping for another total war game focused on Asia like an expanded version of Shogun but this is still going to rock!!! :D

SeanHaley
SeanHaley

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rorissian
rorissian

Omg, sounds nice :D Love the other games so, think this gonna be sweet :P

Scotty678923
Scotty678923

Wow a nother total war game all ready in devipoment. They are rushing fast and I dont think my computer can handle this one. :(

Postal_Guy
Postal_Guy

sounds pretty sweet :) finally something to knock stupid AoE 3 off. hope they are gonna do something ww1 and 2 after this :)

Mike1231234567
Mike1231234567

This is not what I expected to be the next total war game, i was hoping for some kind of World War 2 style game but still this is going to rock like hell! Just cant wait for the demo if theres going to be one!! Mike

Questlove711
Questlove711

This game should be amazing. Have been a big fan of the series ever since the original Medieval Total War. This game looks to be the biggest yet (territory wise). I still wish they'd redo an Asian history themed one... AKA another Shogun Total War.

PatLTornado
PatLTornado

You see what Sega can do with graphics? Imagine what they could do with another console.

mwa
mwa

this game is going to kill

Marcion
Marcion

Dang it. It looks cool but I was really hoping for an early Chinese/Asian Total War. Mongolia, India, Korea, Japan, China, and fight through all the ages of the Dynasties. That would be awesome. But maybe for Total War 6 right?

xxxz2
xxxz2

i always wanted a naval battle, this is gonna be awesome

rlaehgund
rlaehgund

OH YAY FINALLY GUNPOWER AGEEEEEEEEEE

Fragmaster3000
Fragmaster3000

'bout time! This is what total war was made for! Can't wait!

blitz567
blitz567

Sweeet! I've been waiting for TW to jump to this era. I even thought the name would be empire! Can't wait!

alexender00
alexender00

It's looks awesome. I can't wait to play the naval battles! :P

killjoi
killjoi

Interesting period choice. Also, here here to the guy who said a Total War game based off of the Warhammer license. The thought of that just makes my toesies curl.

mkurts
mkurts

I hope they revamp the AI as well - the one in M:TW 2 was kind of retarded. Oh yes - and please fix the bugs ?

HuxleyHobbes
HuxleyHobbes

Hmmm, looks very interesting! Let's hope they work real hard on the AI, because once you get the hang of how it thinks in TW, you tend to be able to stomp it. I was kinda hoping for China: Total War but I guess they don't want to try and take on Koei =P Diernes - I had the EXACT same thoughts. A fantasy TW game could be very, very epic indeed.

Diernes
Diernes

I really want to see a fantasy take on this series. Warhammer: total war please. The current offerings of this genre in the fantasy settings just dont cut it tactically *cough* Warhammer mark of chaos *cough* I love medieval 2, and the roman era games but Im not so keen on the modern approach.