Announcement - Valve
Save 50 to 75%* on Total War Titles and master history during the Total War Week!

Steam Trading Cards Now Available for Medieval, Empire, Napoleon, and Rome.

Plus, pre-purchase Total War: Rome II and receive the laurel wreath in Team Fortress 2. Wearing the laurel wreath unlocks a special "Romebot" invasion in Mann vs Machine mode.

*No discount on pre-purchase titles. Offer ends August 26th at 10am pacific.
PC Gamer
Hyrule Total War


It's time for a confession: when it comes to Zelda, I'm dangerously ignorant. I could try to hide this fact from you - casually mentioning how the green dude is called Link, and thinking that would be enough to conceal my shame - but then I'd probably mess it all up by calling the Triforce, "that thing from Sword & Sworcery EP". Despite this historical deficiency, there are some things I do know: 1) Total War games, and 2) that Total War games would be much improved by the addition of magic, a weird tentacle eye-bug, and a giant Cyclopean scorpion. All of these things can be found in Medieval 2 mod, Hyrule: Total War.



This trailer marks the 3.0 release of the mod, which is available for download at ModDB. It offers 19 factions, a campaign mode, custom settlements, and four missions of a new "Hyrule Historia Campaign". While it's a nice amount of fantasy Total War to enjoy, the mod is still in development - and the final, feature complete version remains "TBD".

You can find more on Hyrule: Total War's status over at the mod's development forum.

Thanks, Reddit.
PC Gamer
TWA Featured


We still don't know much about Total War: Arena, the PvP strategy spin-off that will pit teams of up to 10 players against one another, each controlling small units led by historical generals. We don't even have concept art to speculate over yet. But in a recent interview with Edge, Lead Designer James Russel has shared some tidbits about the game's free to play business model, and the reasoning behind it.

It may sound incredibly obvious, but Creative Assembly says it's going with free to play because they feel they need as many players as possible in their multiplayer pool. “The first is the reason why we’re doing this is to make this great multiplayer experience…to have a player population on a different level,” says Russell. Previous games in the series have suffered with long matchmaking times and deserted lobbies—something I docked Shogun 2's otherwise great Avatar mode for. Thus, it stands to reason that something would need to change for a Total War title intended to stand on the strength of its multiplayer.

Creative Assembly also reassures that "pay to win" won't be a concern in Arena. Rather, the plan is to sell accelerators that "let you level-up your character faster so you get to high-level content more quickly." Again, nothing we haven't seen before in the free-to-play space, and nothing all that unexpected. If you haven't already, you can head over to the Total War: Arena site to sign up to be informed of when the closed beta goes live.
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.

Kotaku
Hundreds of Obamas and Romneys Go To War In This Ridiculous-Looking ModPolls? Numbers? Speeches? Boring. The real presidential election this year was won through waves of Obama and Romney soldiers, battling against each other using the sharp end of their signs and placards.

The mod, created by Reddit user matbitesdog, is used in Medieval II: Total War, and you can download it for laughs here. Those crude and creepy Obama/Romney models are going to keep me up at night.

Election Total War [Imgur via Reddit]


Hundreds of Obamas and Romneys Go To War In This Ridiculous-Looking Mod Hundreds of Obamas and Romneys Go To War In This Ridiculous-Looking Mod Hundreds of Obamas and Romneys Go To War In This Ridiculous-Looking Mod Hundreds of Obamas and Romneys Go To War In This Ridiculous-Looking Mod Hundreds of Obamas and Romneys Go To War In This Ridiculous-Looking Mod Hundreds of Obamas and Romneys Go To War In This Ridiculous-Looking Mod Hundreds of Obamas and Romneys Go To War In This Ridiculous-Looking Mod Hundreds of Obamas and Romneys Go To War In This Ridiculous-Looking Mod Hundreds of Obamas and Romneys Go To War In This Ridiculous-Looking Mod Hundreds of Obamas and Romneys Go To War In This Ridiculous-Looking Mod Hundreds of Obamas and Romneys Go To War In This Ridiculous-Looking Mod


Announcement - Valve
In celebration of the new Steam Workshop for Total War: Shogun 2, save 25% off the entire Total War Franchise and even bigger saving on select Total War titles each day, now through October 1st at 10am Pacific Time.

Today only, save 75% off Medieval II: Total War and 50% offTotal War Battles: SHOGUN. Owners of these two titles will also receive the King of Scotland Cape for the Demo in Team Fortress 2 and the Medieval War Helm in Spiral Knights.

Check out the Total War Master Collection for even bigger savings and a collection of Total War inspired items to use in Team Fortress 2 and Spiral Knights!

Total War: Shogun 2 Workshop
A thousand battles, a thousand victories, but are they yours?
Create, discover and download historical battle scenarios, multiplayer maps and the most popular and accomplished mods. Or try out Total War TEd editor to create and upload your own.

The "best Total War yet" just got better. Today The Creative Assembly has launched the Total War™: SHOGUN 2 Assembly Kit; a suite of tools that enables ground-up modification of the entire Total War™: SHOGUN 2 product family. This release also includes an update to TEd (the existing Battle Map Editor), which enables Steam Workshop integration and the ability to create scripted single-player historical battles. A sample historical battle, custom-built by The Creative Assembly, is available now on Steam to give new modders a convenient starting point.

Don’t forget to come back tomorrow for more great deals and special offers.



PC Gamer
Total War Battles Shogun


If you don't have an iOS device, you may not have heard of The Creative Assembly's mobile take on Total War. How on Earth do you fit the scale and spectacle of a Total War campaign onto a smartphone? Well, you can't, so Total War Battles tries to offer an entirely different take. It merges building and combat onto battlefields overlaid by grids of hexes. You can channel your troops down lanes drawn across the map and harvest resources with structures placed nearby. It's designed to be quick and easy to jump into, two qualities that Total War titles have traditionally lacked.

Sega's blurb boasts a ten hour campaign with bonus challenge missions. The visuals have been spruced up for the big screen and the PC version will come with bonus concept art showing off TWB's loud, colourful style.

Total War Battles is available now on Steam for $7.99 / £4.99 / EUR 9.99. Find out more on the Total War Battles site, and get a feel for how it plays in this here trailer:

Jul 17, 2012
Product Update - Valve
PC Gamer
Rome 2 Logo


I don't know if you noticed, but yesterday Total War: Rome 2 was announced, and we all got rather excited. Today we've got an announcement trailer for you. It's live action (unless Rome's engine is even better than we expected) but it should get you in the mood for murder, betrayal and politics, all of which seem to be one and the same for the Romans. "What would you do for Rome?" It asks. Personally I would pay slightly above average air fare, how about you?

If you want to know more The Creative Assembly's latest effort, check out our Total War: Rome 2 preview or read our interview with the developers.
PC Gamer
Rome 2 Street Fighting Feature


While seeing Rome 2 for the first time at Creative Assembly, I spoke to lead designer James Russell and lead battle designer Jamie Ferguson about the new direction that Total War is taking, their ambitions for the game, and why they're returning to Rome after all this time.

James Russell, lead designer
 

 
Jamie Ferguson, lead battle designer
 

 
Be sure to check out our Rome 2 preview for our first impressions of the game. More on Rome 2 is available in PC Gamer UK issue 242, out July 4th, and PC Gamer US issue 230, out July 17th.
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