Total War Heads To New Historical Battlefields With A Number Of Projects

by Cody Mello-Klein on Nov 01, 2017 at 12:18 PM

Although Creative Assembly recently shifted its attention to the fantasy battles of Total War: Warhammer and its sequel, the developer has always been at home on the battlefields of history. Well, welcome home, Creative Assembly. In an interview on the developer's website, several project leaders, Maya Georgieva, Jack Lusted, Janos Gaspar, cryptically discussed the team's new historical projects, one of which is an expansion for an older, unnamed entry in the series, and what's on the horizon for real-time strategy fans.

Three historical projects of varying size are currently in the works at Creative Assembly. According to Georgeiva, she and her team are returning to a much older, still popular Total War game in order to create an expansion. "Well we’re working on a campaign expansion for one of our older games, probably the biggest historical one CA’s done we think," Georgieva said. This marks the first time Creative Assembly has returned to an old title this long after release. Let the speculation begin!

Meanwhile, Lusted's team is working on the first Total War Saga game. The Saga series is focused around stand-alone spin-off games that build from an existing game's base. They'll focus on flashpoints in history, not entire historical eras. Think Fall of the Samurai following up Total War: Shogun 2. Like Georgeiva, Lusted remained vague about the setting of his game, but he did mention it would launch after Georgeiva's expansion.

As for Gaspar, he and his team are hard at work on building the series' first new historical era since 2013's Napolean: Total War. Development is speeding up for the next entry in the series and, while Gaspar doesn't give away any hints as to the historical period fans will be able to experience, he's already excited about the direction the long-running series is going in. "A brand new era brings a completely different look and feel to this Total War game," Gaspar said. "There are still placeholder grey boxes here and there, but the atmosphere is already outstanding and gameplay feels strong."

The folks at Creative Assembly are still pretty tight-lipped about their projects, but it seems like fans of history and real-time strategy games alike will have a lot to dig into.

And don't forget to check out our review of the last Total War game, Total War: Warhammer II, here.


Our Take:
This is a real tease for Total War fans, but it's great to see that Creative Assembly has a lot of content in development. One of the best things about Total War games is experiencing some of history's most famous showdowns, so I can't wait to see where the team takes us next. The new expansion for an old game is also very intriguing and shows that Creative Assembly is willing to continue supporting its older titles.