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The Creative Assembly working on new Total War title

Even more Total War is on its way from the developers at UK's The Creative Assembly. Despite last week's high-profile announcement that the Sega-owned branch was earmarking a chunk of its staff and resources for a new Alien game, studio boss Mike Simpson recently stated the Total War franchise is still a top priority, and work on a new chapter has already begun.

"We never stop, so yes," said Simpson when asked by Eurogamer if The Creative Assembly had plans for another Total War game.

Studio director Tim Heaton also confirmed the impending release, saying a Total War sequel has been in the works ever since Total War: Shogun 2 shipped back in March. Asked if the next chapter would take place before or after Shogun 2, both Heaton and Simpson replied: "Yes." Thanks guys, that really clears things up.

Although Simpson was less than helpful with sequel details, he did speak to the developer's strategy for the franchise going forward. Specifically, when asked if The Creative Assembly's willingess to make sequels for Total War's Medieval and Shogun brands meant fans preferred playing with less technically savvy armies, Simpson noted, "We've actually done work with our hardcore fanbase looking at different eras and which ones they prefer, and it's really flat. As in, it's really quite evenly split across more or less every proposition we put in front of them."

Speaking to which era sells more, Simpson noted the team is still debating what time period is more appealing to wide audiences, adding,  "My personal view is that there's a trade-off. The more mass media your period then the easier it is to get people into it. But the less really interesting stuff, the more obscure you go, then the harder it is to get people interested. But once you're in there, there's all sorts of stuff no one has heard of before....There's a balance between those two."

Guys with swords or guys with spears? Where would you like the next Total War game to go?

[Source: Eurogamer]

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