Greetings - we'd like to bring you the latest update on what the various teams under the Total War banner are currently working on. This is part of a semi-regular series of posts which will briefly keep you up-to-date with what each Total War team is currently working on, and you can see a short summary on each below. There are some important things to bear in mind though:
- We can’t always say exactly what titles are being developed because games might not be announced yet, and we need to remind everyone that plans always change in development and that can lead to titles being altered, moved or even cancelled. So this post should always be taken as subject to change.
- We’d like to be able to tell you more about what’s going on behind the studio doors, and this is part of that, but if we see this is overly upsetting or confusing people, then we’ll drop it and think of something else.
- The studio staff working on each team varies over time as the production ramps up/down or enters different stages of development. Not all teams are equal in size, and staffers will move between projects as they are needed.
- I will update it as often as I can, and I might lock or heavily moderate the comments in this thread in the future, just so that people can see better when it is updated. You can always start another thread if you’d like to discuss the update.
So with that said, what are we currently working on?Arena Team – Total War: ARENA
We were very pleased last month to announce that we’d be partnering up with Wargaming.net on Total War: ARENA, our free-to-play massed battle strategy game. It means we can go bigger with our aspirations for the project and bring our multiplayer-focused game to the largest possible audience.
The team have spent the last few months doing a huge amount under the hood with some fundamental mechanic changes. The series of closed Alpha tests we’ll be running over the coming months with the biggest players from previous tests are all the more important as a result, and will be a huge help in settling those new mechanics down and eventually introducing new Commanders and maps.
Wargaming will now be communicating all the latest news on ARENA, so while you’ll find all the big events here on our Total War sites and social media, you should head over to the Total War: ARENA Facebook Page
and Wargaming’s official ARENA homepage
for up-to-the-minute news. Digital Team – Total War Battles: KINGDOM
As part of our vision for TWB: KINGDOM to be a Total War for everyone, everywhere, you can now play through Facebook
, adding yet another way for you to access your Kingdom.
The team have also recently updated their previous game, Total War Battles: SHOGUN, to 1.5. An HD enhanced version, this update adds a bunch of visual tweaks to make more of recent hardware, including real-time dynamic shadows and post-processing filters, really elevating an already gorgeous-looking game. iPad Pro for Christmas please if you’re reading Santa…
Also in the mobile world, our good friends at Feral have released ROME: Total War on iPad, and it’s seeing some great reviews, if you haven’t checked it out yet, you can see some footage here
. Historical Team – Unannounced Total War Title
With production getting fully underway in the new year, pre-production for our next historical major release continues. Also, we have now partnered with our first historical advisor, pre-eminent in his field and already bringing that world-leading expertise to bear on our designs and extensive research so far. Unfortunately there’s nothing more to report this month that wouldn’t give the game away before we’re ready
It will still be some time before we are able to share anything specific about our next big historical game. The official social media channels, and the world’s press will certainly tell you when there’s more to reveal.
In related news, we’ve recently been looking at ways in which we might get back to historical content before we release the next major historical Total War, in particular thinking about additional content or standalones for some of our more recent historical titles. Nothing decided yet though. New Content Team – Total War: WARHAMMER DLC and Free-LC
We hope you’re enjoying the recently released ‘Realm of the Wood Elves’, certainly now one of our most popular DLCs to date. While work’s been on-going with the designers for a while now on Bretonnia, everyone in the New Content Team will be moving on from Wood Elves to finalise that Race Pack for release alongside the Old World Edition in the new year
On the future side, there’s a lot of discussions being had and scheduling being done around our plans for the second WARHAMMER game’s DLC, Free-LC and not to mention the early-adopter bonus, which will be one of the next things the team moves on to as we get into next year. Warhammer Team –Total War: WARHAMMER trilogy
The sequel is now in full production, with the majority of CA staff on Total War working through the huge content plan for the second part of the trilogy. In the last few months, the art and animation teams have been decking the studio’s walls with incredible renders of our new models, and sending around vids of jaw-dropping animations.
As always, our social media channels (Twitter
) have all the latest Total War: WARHAMMER news when the time is right.
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