SEGA and Creative Assembly announced initial plans for a new series of historical Total War games that will launch under the badge of “A Total War Saga”. This new spin-off series will see its first release before the next “main” game in the franchise, promising a busy time for historical strategy fans.

Building on previous titles, Total War Sagas will center on pivotal flash-points in history, such as civil wars, revolutions, renowned conquests and political upheavals.

According to the press release, A Total War Saga games will be the same mix of turn-based campaign strategy, real-time battle tactics and hundreds if not thousands of hours of gameplay as a regular Total War game, with the main difference being that they are focused on a specific event in time like a war.

These spin-offs won’t be revolutionary new titles or introduce brand-new eras; they’ll follow-on from previous Total War games and inhabit the same time-period, or at the very least relate to it. But these are certainly Total War games.

Similar in scope and focus to Fall of The Samurai, the best-selling standalone follow-up to Shogun II, the first Total War Saga will continue on from Rome II and Attila, presenting a thrilling new challenge in a focused geographical area.

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