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Hey everyone, it’s time again to update you on what’s going on across the Total War teams here at CA. 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:
1. 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. 2. 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. 3. 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. 4. 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.
Arena Team – Total War: ARENA
Total War: ARENA continues its closed Alpha stage and we are running invite-only test weekends around once per month. These are primarily technical tests that allow us to test the game infrastructure as well as new content. Player feedback from these tests is essential in helping prepare the game for Closed Beta. In December a few of the ARENA team braved the freezing cold of Moscow to present the game to the crowds at the first ever Wargaming Fest event (you can see the highlights here). After they had returned to a relatively tropical UK, work has continued including building a tutorial; refining elements of the UI, rewards and match-making; and making progress on new battlefields, units and Commanders…..more info on all that to come.
To stay fully up to date on the game, head to the Total War: ARENA Facebook Page and Wargaming’s official ARENA homepage.
Historical Team – Unannounced Total War Title
Our next major historical release is now in full production with the game design locked and asset creation fully underway. The game retains the same strong focus on character design that infused previous major releases, with the key personalities of the period in particular being an early priority for us now; as such there are some vibrant and striking renders plastered around the studio, with eye-catching combat animations garnering some serious attention too.
New Content Team – Total War: WARHAMMER DLC and Free-LC
Obviously the new content team have been very busy recently working on Both Isabella Von Carstein, as well as our even bigger Free-LC Bretonnia! Both of which are now available to download and enjoy here. Bretonnia in particular has been really popular and we’re very pleased by the passionate response.
While the majority of the dev team is busy working on DLC and free content plans for the sequel; given the success of our DLC so far, we are also looking at further possible content for the current game.
Warhammer Team – Total War: WARHAMMER trilogy
Excitement continues to build amongst the development team as the second part of the trilogy comes together, particularly as the distinctive races take shape and their playstyles solidify in campaign and battle. We’re equally excited at the prospect of sharing details about the game’s gigantic scale and content with our community and wider fanbase, as those plans come together in parallel.
As always, our social media channels (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) have all the latest Total War: WARHAMMER news when the time is right.
Black Ops Task Team – Unannounced Total War Title
As you may have read in the last update, we’ve recently being conducting investigations into whether we can produce additional stand-alone follow-ups or DLC for release before the next major historical title in the series. Initial plans are promising and now Jack Lusted and veteran team members from the ROME II and ATTILA new content teams have formed a new Total War team to investigate further.
We’ll update this as often as we can and I hope we’ve piqued your excitement for upcoming Total War titles! Total War Team signing out.