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Creative Assembly announces Total War Saga spinoff series

New brand of strategy games to focus on key historical events

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Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Total War developer Creative Assembly is expanding 17-year-old strategy franchise with “a new class of historical Total War game on PC” called Total War Saga. Creative Assembly’s new Saga games will be stand-alone spinoff titles that focus on “exciting pivotal moments in history rather than whole historical eras.”

Game director Jack Lusted said in a Q&A on Creative Assembly’s website that Total War Saga games “won’t be revolutionary new titles or introduce brand-new eras.” And they’ll still focus on real-time strategy battle tactics — this isn’t a return to the hack and slash style of Spartan: Total Warrior.

“If you’ve enjoyed previous games, you’ll certainly be interested in Total War Saga games,” Lusted said. “It’s more about focus. There might be as many playable factions or conquerable territories in them, but that could all be focussed down to one specific region or country and a particular point in time.

“In fact, we’ve done it before. Fall of the Samurai is exactly the kind of thing we’re talking about here. It was a standalone spin-off from Total War: Shogun 2, focussed on the pivotal event of the Boshin War. A concentrated Total War game which puts you right in the middle of a really dynamic moment of history, where the outcome could have gone in a huge number of different directions.”

Creative Assembly didn’t announce a release date for its first Total War Saga title. The developers most recent games in the Total War franchise, Total War: Warhammer and Total War: Warhammer 2, were released in 2016 and 2017, respectively. The developer said earlier this year that it plans to return to historical settings for the franchise for upcoming releases.

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