Shogun 2 prepares for Total War

Sega, Creative Assembly returning to franchise's roots with 16th-century feudal Japan redux on PCs in 2011.

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The Creative Assembly has been era-agnostic when it comes to releasing new installments in its long-running Total War action/real-time strategy franchise. After launching the franchise in feudal Japan, the series has journeyed to the Middle Ages, Rome, the New World, and then back again to the Old, in no particular chronological order.

The samurai will wage total war next year.

In keeping with Creative Assembly's capricious stroll through history, the Sega-owned studio announced that its 7 million-unit-selling strategy franchise will return to its roots with Shogun 2: Total War. Following on from the release of Napoleon: Total War in February, Shogun 2: Total War will be available for the PC in 2011.

The original Shogun set the tone for the Total War franchise in 2000, gaining critical approbation that has largely continued for the past 10 years. For Shogun 2, Creative Assembly will be returning to 16th-century Japan, during the tumultuous Sengoku period. Players assume the role of a Daimyo, or clan leader, who must engage with fellow warlords, be it through conflict or diplomacy, to reunite the sundered island nation.

As for changes under the hood, Creative Assembly noted that it has made substantial refinements to the game's artificial intelligence, "developed according to Sun Tzu's principles in the Art of War." Those who prefer matching their battle acumen against living, breathing opponents will also have a number of new multiplayer modes, which support up to eight in competitive and cooperative engagements.

The studio has also introduced a new character progression system with Shogun 2, allowing gamers to assume leadership of one of nine clans and level up their own warlord and his emissaries through battle. Other features played up by the studio include deformable terrain based on weather conditions, as well as coastal battles in naval combat.

Discussion

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-_G_A_R_Y_-
-_G_A_R_Y_-

i want a remake of Rome Total War with better graphics =)

TheDukeee
TheDukeee

Finally they get back to old sword and shield fights! With the new tecnology, and so much experience gained from making other Total War games, I'm expecting this game to be of epic proportions. Shogun 2: Total War FTW

Dawn_oF_Doom
Dawn_oF_Doom

@mrman5566 Technology has evolved considerably since RTW. Moreover, I trust in Creative Assembly. They are the best in their trade. This game is gonna rock no matter what any of you say.. as long as they don't make it too much like Empire TW.

hastati4
hastati4

tentatively excited. Just please make the AI flawless this time! It's the series' ONLY problem, if they fix it Total War will perfect

mrman5566
mrman5566

oharmani it supports 56 k troops..... it will lag as s h i t if you have them though. rtw supported 36 k troops.

oharmani
oharmani

Hope you guys know that they will also support up to 56k UNITS!!! im pretty sure the other total wars did about 10k.... :D! EPIC

Neo_Zeon
Neo_Zeon

YES I miss my warrior monks

paddyfitz12
paddyfitz12

finally there going back to swords and no more guns

100starz
100starz

Fun fact: They said they'd make "a simple unit tree unlike the dozens of units in empire" Of you get any more simpler than empire's(boats, militia, line infantry and guns to sum it up) you'll basicly have five units.

Ethryx
Ethryx

I can't wait. Is anyone actually surprised? Shogun was the next game in the lineup. They remade Medieval. We just received Empire and Napoleon. Shogun will be remade now. I imagine Rome 2 will probably be after that. It's only fair original Shogun came out long before the first Rome.

ehuman
ehuman

2011 couldn't come soon enough.

SimonLaunder
SimonLaunder

@spag007, I totally agree, never thought they would go back to shogun, it has been by far my fave total war game! Sega & The Creative Assembly, we love you!

prohogo2
prohogo2

@ObiWan86, where do they say that they are making Rome 2 TW? I'm quite disappointed actually cos I thought their next game will be Rome 2 TW... sigh

ObiWan86
ObiWan86

They start all over again? So they creating Rome 2 Total War!!!! dreams do come true!!!

spag007
spag007

Wow I remember playing Shogun as a young child (when it was released) I dreamed of them making a new, better version since then, but I didn't think that would actually happen!

PublicNuisance
PublicNuisance

I am hoping for a good story/campaign but I doubt I will get that. It's not really that kind of series. Hopefully it is good for the fans of it.

Triton
Triton

Great news!!! When can I pre-order a collectors edition? Hope it sticks to the Sun Tzu art of war, like the 1st version. Time to dig out my Osprey books, again. - Long live the Total War Franchise.

AceBalls
AceBalls

The Total War's are just world class and above all the RTS's out there. It's great that they're going back to Shogun for the next installment but I cannot wait for them to do a World War 2 version ;))) .. Perhaps even a Modern Warfare one!!!

gjergjiand
gjergjiand

total war series are the best games in gaming histroy.i cant wait for this.

DDay808
DDay808

Yes,Yes after all bad day i hear this,i send a year ago request email to them and to Bethesda Studio to make something in period of Feudal Japan.

rht992
rht992

:D god dam this will be epic! juts watched kagamusha last night as well so i'm int he mood

MarineXXII
MarineXXII

I believe i just wet myself....yup I did

Sins-of-Mosin
Sins-of-Mosin

Well, considering the size of the islands, I gonna assume they'll break up the map quite a bit. Going to be odd going from massive maps to a tiny one.

OJ_the_LION
OJ_the_LION

Finally, a return to Sengoku period. I played the first one years before I learned more about Japanese history, it'll be satisfying to play some revisionist history (Takeda unites Japan? Could be!) Although the combat always eluded me a bit, i've always loved the Total War series.

hvypetals
hvypetals

Difficult for me to believe anything CA says about AI or multiplay improvements after the ETW fiasco. Considering they spent more money greasing the palms of reviewers than on their game promises I guarantee you CA your going to have to earn my money. Once you lose your audience its almost impossible to get them back. DLC this applomb.

HuSSaR83
HuSSaR83

I hope after this they will make Medieval remake with the newest engine its gonna be great!

sextus1
sextus1

I started my TW career with Shogun and 7 years later after going thru Rome (+ Barbarian) and Medieval 1and 2, I crapped out on Empire and gave no second thought to Napoleon. But for the past 4 years, on this site, I have been a steadfast booster for a return to Shogun. I predict that this will surpass all of the other titles due to the richness of the period. Thank you Sega for listening to those of us who play the game. I can now go to gamer heaven with a calm heart.

Welshmun
Welshmun

will there be a china? otherwise it'll be sh!t shogun was a good choice, tbh i think its too early for rome atm ;)

steve4123456789
steve4123456789

I want a american civil war game, that was a hell of a bloody war, and probably the last Major conflict of the 19th century.

historyfan91
historyfan91

im most excited for a hopeful return of actual generals speechs!

battu1
battu1

@Conduras it will not fail they have maid many games with Sega like Medieval:TW2, Empire TW, Napoleon TW its going to be awesome too bad my computer cant run it :(

RaptorIV
RaptorIV

@steve4123456789 There is already a Medieval TW 2... also Rome TW2 Would be great.

steve4123456789
steve4123456789

Great instead of making any new games its just going to go, Shogun:TW2 Rome:TW2, Medievel:TW2,Empire TW2.

jazilla
jazilla

@jetpanw: the combat is in real time though, just not the map movements. Usually with a game you get one or the other, not both. THe best part about these games is that you can just play out the real-time fighting or the Turn-based portions of the game, OR you can play both. I also like their set piece battles as well. They have a very unique thing going that most games from both sides of the strategy house usually miss out on.

Conduras
Conduras

so Sega is the publisher now ? does that mean it's a fail from start ?

Emraldo
Emraldo

Yea I bet the AI will use Sun Tzu's tactics as much as they used other generals tactics in Empire... that is to say, never.

jetpanw
jetpanw

If TW can step out of turn-based and move to real-time like Europa Universalis in campaign map. I think its more exciting!!

jord1234567890
jord1234567890

this is amazing, but is anyone thinking dam why not rome 2 totalwar lol

DarkknightFXR
DarkknightFXR

I still think they botched on Empire: Total War, naval combat is awesome but actually... I really can't stand looking at Empire, I still prefer Medieval 2 over Empire. I believe the idea of the gentlemen wars was too much for them. Good thing we're getting back to bows and arrows with the occasional naginata and katana.

SchumiF1
SchumiF1

Freakin awesome! Glad Creative Assembly went back to Shogun!!

master_zidane
master_zidane

"Your DAIMYO is fleeing like a coward....he has brought dishonour to the Clan!" Shogun Total War!! Hell YEAH!! P.S.: Focus on the multiplayer...all titles since Rome Total War have had imbalances between factions which isn't good for playing against each other!

Khalathwyr
Khalathwyr

Please, oh please let this one not be saddled with the STEAM software. That's the only thing that kept be from buying the last title.