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Shacknews - Steve Watts

Sega's Australian studio is reportedly set to shut down sometime later this year. It most recently worked on the London 2012 tie-in game, but was best known for its work on Medieval 2: Total War.

Sega confirmed the closure to Kotaku, simply saying it will be shut down "later this year." It then told Eurogamer that the company is under consultation and can't comment on details of the closure.

The studio was formerly known as Creative Assembly Australia, during its work on the Total War series. The main office of The Creative Assembly is located in the United Kingdom, and responsible for the more recent Total War: Shogun 2 and upcoming Total War: Rome 2.

Shacknews - Chris Faylor
In case you missed it, SEGA and The Creative Assembly released the first major expansion to Napoleon: Total War (PC) earlier this week.

Dubbed "The Peninsular Campaign," the downloadable add-on--available exclusively through Steam--brings a new campaign and numerous new units to the historical PC strategy game, including the ability to play as the Spanish, in exchange for $9.99.

The next proper entry in the Total War series, Shogun 2, is due sometime next year.

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Shacknews - Brian Leahy
SEGA has announced an expansion for its strategy and warfare game Napoleon: Total War -- The Peninsular Campaign -- which will be released this summer exclusively through Steam on the PC.

The expansion will sport "a brand new campaign map featuring 32 controllable regions divided amongst 4 different factions." Spain will also be a playable faction for the first time.

New agents will also be added to the game: "the priest for Spain and Portugal, the provocateur for Britain and France, and one unique agent for the Spanish faction - the Guerrillero, as well as a host of new multiplayer features."

The original game was released on February 25, 2010 and is available digitally and at retail for $39.99.

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Shacknews - Chris Faylor
Despite the recent release of Napoleon: Total War, developer Creative Assembly is continuing to support its predeccesor Empire: Total War as a new update hit today.



The 1.6 update, now available as an automatic download through digital distribution platform Steam (which the game requires to run), brings a "large number of revisions to the Artificial Intelligence in real time battles," according to the company.

What effect will this have on the historical strategy game? As Creative Assembly puts it:

The AI has been improved to allow it to...

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