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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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9 comments

  • ZigzMagoo - May 18, 2011 5:30 a.m.

    I think they should go way ancient, like pre Greeks and Romans.
  • SOUND_DIVE_ALARM - May 18, 2011 3:42 a.m.

    I would love to see an update of Rome:Total War, my friends and I are still playing that game, absolutely love it
  • moonboystrikesback - May 17, 2011 9:35 p.m.

    Rome 2. Take all of my money.
  • Kingsman - May 17, 2011 8:15 p.m.

    Empires was from 1700 - 1800, I think the next should be from 1800 - 1950.
  • Spor - May 17, 2011 8:08 p.m.

    Total War along with Football Manager are SEGA's cash cows. They won't stop making them till that changes. I reckon they'll go back Rome for the next one.
  • Ampatent - May 17, 2011 7:50 p.m.

    Please, for the love of GOD!!! I would kill for a modern era Total War game. Even better would be a futuristic one, but still, anything post 1940 would be awesome.
  • kyle94 - May 17, 2011 6:24 p.m.

    A World War One Total War would be absolutely awesome, though it would also be a bit of a step away from all the other games. How would they implement trench warfare, early tanks, and early aircraft? Unlike the previous games, sieges of towns wouldn't be as common or as important as battles between armies. Would they make it realistic by implementing fronts, or would they take creative license where you can easily bypass enemy armies? Warfare was rather the same in the previous Total War games, because they were similar historically. Sieges were more important than just meeting the enemy army, and the only significant advancement of technology over the games that really changed how battles were fought was the introduction of gunpowder. And WW2 would be even more difficult. Not only do you have a greater emphasis on tanks, along with spearheads and encirclements, but you also had strategic changes. In a WW2 Total War, could you be able build bomber fleets and send them out to bomb enemy cities? How about the mass mobilization of the home economies? On the one hand, of all the time periods, WW1 and WW2 would be most fitting of being called a "Total War". On the other hand, it would take a lot of work and a lot of experimentation, and a significant change from previous games in the title. So, honestly, I doubt that they'll go that route. It will probably be Total War: Rome 2, or Total War: Alexander, or Total War: Three Kingdoms, or Total War: Genghis Khan. Actually, the last two sound really bloody awesome.
  • podsaurus - May 17, 2011 5:21 p.m.

    SPACE! PLEASE!
  • Yaro - May 17, 2011 4:55 p.m.

    Maybe it's time for WW1 and WW2 total war....? Might be interesting, and more appealing than (super complex) Hearts of Iron.

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