Total War: Arena announced as free-to-play MOBA

UK developer Creative Assembly has announced Total War: Arena as a free-to-play title.

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UK developer Creative Assembly has announced Total War: Arena, a free-to-play spin-off of the popular Total War series coming to PC.

Lead designer James Russell announced the team-based game today as part of a panel at GDC 2013, detailing that it will be an online-only free-to-play title that mixes elements of both the real-time strategy and MOBA genres.

According to publisher Sega, Total War: Arena will allow players to pit history's greatest military commanders and their armies against each other. No other details were given.

No release date was mentioned, but a closed beta test for the game will be made available in the coming months.

Creative Assembly is also working on Total War: Rome II, which is scheduled for a PC release in October, and a new game for consoles set in the Aliens universe.

Discussion

67 comments
Poodlejumper
Poodlejumper

That's great.


I'll stick to single player please/

squidbilly22
squidbilly22

I'd rather play the old Rome version with better graphics than another shogun style game any day........I had more fun with Napoleon ,can't remember why ,lol

Gonefishing95
Gonefishing95

Total War: A game of thrones...that'd be cool :P

Accuracy158
Accuracy158

LoL ... No, I'm not interested in a TW MOBA.

AceMarine45
AceMarine45

Hopefully the campaign isnt all AD. I hope I get to play in BC as well. I really want to see Julius Caesar's battle of alesia, and watch some of the gorilla warfare used against arguably the best general of all time.

hht009
hht009

how about reallocating the resources n manhour to thenext total war after rome ii, something like total war Asia

Abberon
Abberon

If it's free, maybe I'll consider it.  The last 3 Total War games have been total garbage IMO (Empire, Napoleon and Shogun 2) so I'm not going to get super excited about anything they're doing, but if it's free or on sale?  Maybe I'll give it a look.  

rhymebomb
rhymebomb

I've yet to play a Total War game I haven't become hopelessly addicted to. Hopefully they don't lose focus on their single player games.


I'll be getting this, though. Why not? I suck a bag of dicks at online strategy games but...it's a TW game.

advancedcaveman
advancedcaveman

We're headed towards some kind of bullshit tower defense/runner/moba singularity.  

Alves_19
Alves_19

get this multiplayer shit out of here!! I want Rome II!! 

FlameBoyBen
FlameBoyBen

I like creative assembly, they have some serious bullshit dlc as of late. but they are competent

but its a wait and see moment, (but i totally get why people are angry and would want to boycott)

CommodoreRaslin
CommodoreRaslin

If the player is the one giving the commands then you can't be saying that you are pitting histories greatest military commanders against each other.

wexorian
wexorian

Call of duty Moba!!!! ftw

MAD_AI
MAD_AI

I'll just stick with Total War, but good luck to CA if it garners them more success.

---Cipher---
---Cipher---

Meh, im eagerly awaiting "McDonald's the MOBA" followed by "streetfighter x Tekken x MOBA the MOBA." actually, that last one would kinda work...

As long as it does something different, rather than just reskin the games we already have, it could be cool. Playing as historical figures isn't enough...although Ghandi decapitating Ghengis Khan could be cool...

malec_1
malec_1

The "me too!!" attitude in game development is annoying. I am disappoint Creative Assembly, very disappoint. 

teh_pwnager
teh_pwnager

Another one of these Moba's POS. Mindless shit fest along with a vocabulary of about 90% curses and death threats.  "Best" communities ever...

Yulaw2000
Yulaw2000

Not you too Creative Assembly.

skate17e
skate17e

I'm loving all the hate on the MOBA genre. I guarantee that the people making these comments will go back to playing their favorite FPS or MMO. Good stuff

Dezuria
Dezuria

Soon there will be a MOBA spinoff of every single game series.

Scisor50
Scisor50

I'd say it's fine. It's not like you can complain about "the series not fitting the MOBA". It's not like the series has any set characters or setting. Sheesh, the thing is based off history.

tushwacker
tushwacker

Give it good co-op and it might be interesting.. The best MOBA ever made for playing with friends is also one of the least known ones: Demigod.. Better arenas, better in-game leveling system and far better balancing of characters than the more popular MOBAs. Also, the choice to upgrade either your minions, towers, or yourself with in-game cash really gave strategic options that LOL and all of its clones fail to recreate.

Amurg
Amurg

@hht009 total war asia? now that they have a games workshop license, you want total war asia?

ioshilee
ioshilee

@Abberon Core games were great, imo... But dlc's and addons sucked. 

StinkySkunkGirl
StinkySkunkGirl

@rhymebomb Online strategy? I get the feeling you have no idea what you're getting into. You're not going to like this. D:

Gears_0f_L0ve
Gears_0f_L0ve

@malec_1 I'm gonna go out on a limb and assume that every game you've loved your whole life is a "me too" game.

CommodoreRaslin
CommodoreRaslin

@Scisor50 

Actually the series doesn't fit the MOBA.

Total War is about strategically commanding armies on the battlefield. That is the complete opposite of a MOBA game where the computer commands the mobs (who walk in a straight path without any thought to strategy whatsoever) and the player only controls a single unit who takes advantage of the mindlessly marching mobs.

handofkain
handofkain

@tushwacker I would like to read your explanation of how this "cash shop idea" would help anything but to break the game? The most successful cash shop model I saw in f2p games is the one in LoL that you call a failure..  

vicsrealms
vicsrealms

@SirNormanislost @Abberon Agreed, but it still has problems that I wish they would someday address.  Even the modding community has kind of pulled away from the game.  Still,  I have over 900 hours on it.  I can't really complain too much.  lol

malec_1
malec_1

@Gears_0f_L0ve

Your assumption is incorrect. Being iterative and being flavor of the month are not the same thing. The recent wave of MOBA games is a parallel to the wave of MMO games after WoW came out. A new game becomes mega popular, and everyone wants a piece of the pie. Like with WoW, they will find out that people either have already found their favorite pie or have already had their fill.

dude102
dude102

@CommodoreRaslin @Scisor50 just going to say this that moba is misleading for this game its not really a moba in dota since if you read other interviews on it, its more like world in conflict.

tushwacker
tushwacker

@handofkain @tushwacker I said 'in-game cash'.. meaning during each match, you gain in-game currency.. I was certainly not saying that they should add micro-transactions for mid-match bonuses.. that would be terrible.. What I was saying is that in LOL and all of the spin-offs of that game, the money/gold you gain from killing creeps is only used to buy equipment for yourself. In Demigod, you have the choice to spend that money/gold either on your own gear, or on upgrading your towers/base defences, or on upgrading your creeps. These options really allowed for a mix of strategies, and it also gave you a chance to make a comeback if you started to get out-leveled by the opposing players.

Gonefishing95
Gonefishing95

@vicsrealms @SirNormanislost @Abberon Empires good, Napoleon I hated because obviously it gave France a huuuge advantage and Shogun is ok, I dont like playing on such a small map and been so limited on what you can do without the Shogunate getting all pissy

Gears_0f_L0ve
Gears_0f_L0ve

@malec_1 @Gears_0f_L0ve I agree with you to some extent,  however I dont think a new genre should stop at 2 games (specifically dota and lol)  The me2 although at times seem like copycats, are good for innovation.  Its a natural reaction to the 'free market.'  I'm just glad that Creative Assembly is getting out of their stale confort zone and trying a new game type that would most likely fit their style of game. I don't expect them to drop their amazing bread n butter Civ+RTS games.   

If there is a market for something, by all means, make some money.