There’s a bit of Arab in the horse
model. And a bit of pantomime.
Naval cannons and coastal forts
can be directly controlled too.
The death of chivalry.
Unsurprisingly, given the 300-year period
shift, most of the cast of spies and rabble-rousers don’t come direct from Shogun 2.
Working alongside familiar
Shinobi (ninjas) and Geisha are
two faction-specific secret
(Imperialist) and Shinsengumi
(Shogunate)—and the massively
useful Foreign Veteran.
Remember the nasty Colonel
Bagley in The Last Samurai?
That’s the kind of calculating,
conscience-free merc you get
when you employ a foreign
veteran. With one of these
embedded in an army, your
troops will move, reload and gain
With only a day to play the surprisingly polished alpha build, I
didn’t have time to hoof through the full
quarter-century long campaign, but I
did—via an existing save file—get a tan-
talizing sneak peek at late-game politics
and army compositions. Rather than glee-
fully dissolving all your carefully culti-
vated alliances and forcing you into a gru-
eling multi-front struggle for survival,
CONFLICT COMPASS Which area of the globe will Total War trash next?
Because Blighty has figured in a good-few TW campaign maps, and Creative
Assembly likes its conflicts clogged
with distinctive factions, the UK Civil
War installment is highly unlikely.
4 China and Korea Chance: High
Extending the Shogun 2 map north or
westward would open up all kinds of
intriguing unit possibilities. A little further
to the left, the incredible story of the
Khmer Empire remains untold.
2 theMediterranean Chance: Moderate
It’s only a matter of time before the team
returns to the setting of their 2004
smash. A modernized Rome: Total War
would sell like giant foam thumbs at a
3 theMiddle-east Chance: Slim
Egypt, Iraq, Persia...wherever you look in the sandy
junction between Africa and Asia, there’s
combat-rich ancient history waiting to be digitally
disinterred. TW needs more chariots.
5 Middle-earth Chance:Almostnone
Whenever we visit Creative Assembly, we
leave little LotR hints. This time it was a
basket of lembas bread and a pewter
Balrog. Last time it was a Tom Bombadil
songbook and a severed orc head.