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An Update on our Upcoming Historical Releases

CA_WhelanCA_Whelan Posts: 611Registered Users, Moderators, Administrators, CA Staff, SuperAdmin, Community Team
edited November 2 in News and Announcements!


With Mortal Empires released last week, there’s a hotfix on the way for that Chaos Invasion issue some people are having. We want to make sure that’s sorted out before we add more Total War: WARHAMMER content.

However, in this week’s blog we wanted to take a moment to look at our Historical projects; because you’re about to hear a lot more about them.

The next year is packed with new stuff and, as we ramp up for some big announcements, I took a moment to chat with our history project directors; Maya, Jack and Janos..


Read the whole interview here: https://www.totalwar.com/blog/update-on-historical-releases
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  • Commissar_GCommissar_G Senior Member Posts: 7,649Registered Users
    Link is broken for me.
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  • LaytonBhoyLaytonBhoy Junior Member Posts: 103Registered Users
    Can't get it to work mate. Link page won't open.
  • Messiah360Messiah360 Junior Member Posts: 48Registered Users
    Yep, link is not working
  • TheGuardianOfMetalTheGuardianOfMetal Senior Member Posts: 5,817Registered Users
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  • jamreal18jamreal18 Senior Member Posts: 6,270Registered Users
    edited November 1
    The link is working now.
  • CA_WhelanCA_Whelan Posts: 611Registered Users, Moderators, Administrators, CA Staff, SuperAdmin, Community Team
    Sorry guys, website got a lot of traffic and crashed the blog! We're fixing it now :smile:
  • mmurray821mmurray821 Moderator Posts: 5,144Moderators
    Seems to be up now.
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  • neoiq5719neoiq5719 Senior Member Posts: 157Registered Users


    With Mortal Empires released last week, there’s a hotfix on the way for that Chaos Invasion issue some people are having, plus the Foundation and Norsca update too. We want to make sure that’s sorted out before we add more Total War: WARHAMMER content.



    However, in this week’s blog we wanted to take a moment to look at our Historical projects; because you’re about to hear a lot more about them.



    The next year is packed with new stuff and, as we ramp up for some big announcements, I took a moment to chat with our history project directors; Maya, Jack and Janos..





    Maya, I’ll start with your team as we’re going to hear from you guys first, and soon too. Without giving the game away, what are you up to?



    Maya: Well we’re working on a campaign expansion for one of our older games, probably the biggest historical one CA’s done we think. We’ve been working on our project for the best part of a year, and with not long to go we’re well into testing now with nearly all the content in. And yes, it’s going to be the next Total War announcement, which is exciting for us!





    We can say it’s for one of our slightly older games though?



    Maya: Yes, and the first time we’ve gone back to a game so long after release. That in itself is very new territory and something we’re keen to explore as a studio, because it opens up lots of exciting future projects if it’s successful.



    There’s a lot of people still playing this particular game, but there’s also lot more we haven’t even touched in that era yet, some really incredible stories and events that defined history.





    What are you looking forward to most about the release?



    Maya: Well of course we want players to get a big kick out of the new expansion, but I think seeing people’s reaction to the big free update we’re making to the main game at the same time will be really interesting. It’s great to be able to go back and look at a whole area of the game and make some changes.



    Jack, your team is working on our first Total War Saga game, we’ve had one work in progress screenshot from it, that people seemed to decode pretty quickly, can we expect to see any more soon?



    Jack: Maybe we weren’t as obscure with that as we could have been… We’re coming out after Maya’s project, so a little while till release yet, but we’re hoping to announce relatively soon, so everyone will see a lot more then. Or at least know for sure what we’re making.





    And the idea behind Sagas is to spin off from a previous game?





    Jack: Yes. The idea is to take those flashpoints of history that make for great geo-political set-ups for TW games, but are more focused in scale than a new tentpole Era game. Doesn’t make them ‘small’ though, we’re working on a campaign map that’s the size of Shogun 2. And that focus allows us to create greater depth too. A tighter focus means a higher resolution of detail.





    But it is a follow-on title, not a new game entirely?



    Jack: It’s a new game in that it’s substantial and stand-alone sure, but it’s like Fall of the Samurai following-on from Shogun 2. We’re taking the base from a previous game, overhauling it and adding new content, but not reinventing the wheel. It’s an extension or magnification of the previous game’s time period, so of course there’s some cross over. And that allows us to add even more new content. Fall of the Samurai is a great example really.





    And it’s new territory for your team too, not just being a Saga game, but given your previous project?



    Jack: In a way yes, we’ve all worked on all sorts of TW games in the past, but I guess our last official release as a team was the Age of Charlemagne expansion for Attila. So it’s certainly different to be working on a self-contained game, that will be in a box on shelves. I’ve been chatting with the marketing guys recently about packfront designs, which is novel!





    Anything you can tell me about the subject of the game to tide us over and generate endless speculation?



    Jack: It’s a period and place I’ve wanted to make a game about for years, so yes I’m excited. As I came from the community as a modder originally, I know there’s going to be some hardcore fans out there who will like what we’re doing. And then enjoy pulling it apart and modding it…



    Oh, and beware the crow.





    Last but not least, Janos, expectation is going to weigh pretty heavy on your team, being responsible for the first new historical Era title since 2013? And a whole new time period we’ve never been to?



    Janos: Expectation is high, but so is the excitement amongst the team here. A brand new era brings a completely different look and feel to this Total War game.



    We’ve ramped up to the final team size in the past few months, so things are moving along steadily with daily visible progress. For example, it’s nice to see, after having researched historical city-layouts for months, it all coming together in the game. There are still placeholder grey boxes here and there, but the atmosphere is already outstanding and gameplay feels strong.



    So things are really moving at the moment?



    Janos: They are indeed. We’ve been in the mocap studio a lot recently, it’s in a big warehouse here in Horsham, just a short walk from our studio. A good portion of the team have been down there, because our stunt men are drawing quite a crowd with what they’re doing. We always work with professionals, but this time around we’re taking a much more ambitious approach to mocap than we have with previous historical total war games. We invested extra time, effort, and external experts to get the maximum impact. I’m sure fans will be impressed when they see these fully realised animations in the actual game.





    A brand new Era though, got to be easy to guess?



    Janos: There are plenty of eras Total War’s not been to yet, so I wouldn’t say that. But sure there’s some more obvious ones we see people excited about, and we’re going to be excited too. We have a big list, it’s easy to come up with a big list. We have our favourites, some of them are relatively obscure. And we have eras on that list we’ve already been to, that we want to go to again.



    Mike Simpson gave an interview years ago that we see fans quote all the time, where he says he doesn’t think we’ll do a “3”. That is a long time ago. We’ve changed our minds a hundred times on that since, so all bets are off when we’re thinking of our next game.



    But this one, will be brand new, and that means we can explore interesting new concepts while still bringing what makes it ‘Total War’ to the game.


  • jamreal18jamreal18 Senior Member Posts: 6,270Registered Users
    edited November 1
    @Maya When will the Campaign Pack going to be released?


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    @Janos Will there going to be new game-engine?

    This is the best:
    Mike Simpson gave an interview years ago that we see fans quote all the time, where he says he doesn’t think we’ll do a “3”. That is a long time ago. We’ve changed our minds a hundred times on that since, so all bets are off when we’re thinking of our next game.


    I believe CA knows what most of us want...
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  • MattzoMattzo Member United KingdomPosts: 848Registered Users
    Nice to hear things are coming along. Very much looking forward to when you can announce actual news though!
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  • Bura89Bura89 Senior Member Pisaurum, ItalyPosts: 582Registered Users
    Beware the crow?
  • LaytonBhoyLaytonBhoy Junior Member Posts: 103Registered Users
    edited November 1
    A major update to an old game? If that's Rome 2 he's talking about think on what that might mean.

    That's a transformational announcement.

    They've gone back on the idea never to do a "3" ... that, too, is major. It means we might well see the game we all MOST want to see ... Medieval III ... a modern remake of one of the darkest Total War's ever.

    There are big hints as to what the next historical title is ...

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  • mcar110mcar110 Member United KingdomPosts: 295Registered Users
    edited November 1
    Thanks for the update CA!

    What campaign pack would people want to see?- presumably this expansion is for Rome or Attila ( I can’t see anything older been worked on)

    @CA_Whelan can we expect an announcement by the end of the year?
  • SuliotSuliot Senior Member Posts: 442Registered Users
    Nice to hear from the historical teams again. Can't wait to see what they've got in store for us!
  • DreadedNorwegianDreadedNorwegian Senior Member Posts: 1,157Registered Users
    Yes!!! So hyped right now!
    No retreat,No surrender! FORWARD!!
    Til Valhall!
  • nodulousnodulous Senior Member Posts: 811Registered Users
    Soon... big kick... new expansion... big free update... to the main game.

    OK.

    Will the update be available without the expansion?
  • mcar110mcar110 Member United KingdomPosts: 295Registered Users
    nodulous said:

    Soon... big kick... new expansion... big free update... to the main game.

    OK.

    Will the update be available without the expansion?

    Yeah it says in the blog that it’s a free update (at least I think it does)
  • MorkMork Posts: 136Registered Users
    My guess

    An update for Rome 2

    There was a teaser a few months back with the picture of Celtic armour.

    Boudiccas rebellion, perhaps?

    Or the invasion of England 43 AD up to Boudiccas rebellion 60 AD.
  • mcar110mcar110 Member United KingdomPosts: 295Registered Users
    edited November 1
    Although I concede that this is most likely to be a Rome 2 campaign, I’d personally like to see another Attila one.

    I’d love to see an Eastern focused campaign either charting the rise of Islam Post Muhammad on a European wide map or focusing more specifically on the Arab-Byzantine Wars where the map encompasses Southern Europe and the Middle East only.
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  • nodulousnodulous Senior Member Posts: 811Registered Users
    I wouldn't mind knowing what "whole area of the game" was being looked at?
  • SiWISiWI Senior Member Posts: 7,222Registered Users
    nodulous said:

    I wouldn't mind knowing what "whole area of the game" was being looked at?

    that probably will be the big "bomb" that CA uses to kick off its main marketing effort for that game.

    I wouldn't suspect that to happen till WH 3 is released.
  • ltpliskin6768ltpliskin6768 Posts: 1Registered Users
    I think it might be an Opium Wars expansion or something else in a similar timeframe and fashion for Shogun 2. Plenty going on in this sort of time period and they do mention Fall of the Samurai a couple of times in the article as a good benchmark.
    If they're super ambitious it could be the American Civil War.
  • CaractacusMagnusCaractacusMagnus Senior Member Posts: 363Registered Users
    edited November 1
    At last! Thank you very much CA.

    In particular the update raises the possibility of a future Medieval III, which is just as exciting as news of impending expansion and the next games.

  • jamreal18jamreal18 Senior Member Posts: 6,270Registered Users
    For which game is this picture?



    Look at the soldiers uniforms...
  • SbygneusSbygneus Posts: 484Registered Users
    Is the picture above related to a new historical game? If so than 16th century confirmed! slashed sleeves look! :)
  • GamgeeGamgee Senior Member Posts: 986Registered Users
    I love Rome 2. I'm hoping for it. Also it's either Rome 2 or Shogun 2 lol. Those are the only two recently released main games but Shogun 2 seems a little old. Attila was a glorified expansion pack.
  • SbygneusSbygneus Posts: 484Registered Users
    Beware the crow? Guys maybe its John Hunyadi it was his coat of arms. Maybe the game will be about Balkan wars against Ottomans In 15th/16th century? Vlad Tepes etc.?
  • MrJadeMrJade Senior Member Lansing, MIPosts: 4,909Registered Users
    It won't be Attila.

    "Well we’re working on a campaign expansion for one of our older games..."

    That means it can't be Attila as that isn't one of the older game. I'm expecting Rome II but secretly hope for a Medieval II expansion.
    Warhammer II: 73/100
    Warhammer: 79/100
    Attila: 70/100
    Rome II: 49/100
    Shogun II: 93/100
    Napoleon: 58/100
    Empire: 53/100
    Medieval II: 90/100
    Rome I: 88/100
    Medieval I: 92/100
    Shogun I: 84/100
  • SbygneusSbygneus Posts: 484Registered Users
    jamreal18 said:

    For which game is this picture?



    Look at the soldiers uniforms...

    The turn of the 15th/16th century imo
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