We have seen with the choice to build a fantasy total war, and the obvious fantasy elements in Three Kingdoms a move away from true historical games for their main titles. Of course this could be a tempory deviation, but I do worry that including some kind of shallow, fantasy element might hint to a long term trend. As soon as I heard that SEGA had taken over from Activision as the publisher in the mid 2000’s my immediate thought was Total War is going to be stripped down, a shallow game for the masses. Think all the mass platform games SEGA published in the 90’s. Is this the fruition of my fears? Don’t get me wrong, I love Warhammer (unexpectedly as a historical buff) and it was a refreshing change from the historical formula. But I hope they don’t abandon accurately depicted historical titles in place of fictional games that appeal mainly to a younger audience.