Since 2016’s Total War: Warhammer, the iconic strategy series seemed to be taking a detour into fantasy land. Now, fantasy land is cool, what with its griffons and vampires and lizardmen and whatnot, but it’s clear that some of Total War‘s fanbase would appreciate a return to realism. Fortunately, developer Creative Assembly seems to be doing just that with a spin-off series called Total War Saga.
According to an interview on the Total War blog, the next move for the series is to go smaller. The Total War Saga series won’t put players in command of a massive kingdom, and will instead focus the campaign on pivotal moments in a nation’s history. The example they cited was from Total War Shogun II: Fall of the Samurai, where the action centred around the Boshin War. Here, the campaign only covered a few months and a small geographic area, but Creative Assembly believes this narrowed focus will put players in control of a dynamic event like never before.
The interview continues to announce that Total War Saga games won’t be stripped down, and that campaigns will take about as long as a regular Total War game to complete. And while a smaller area will be represented, the campaign maps will be similar in size to those from Total War: Atilla. Creative Assembly isn’t revealing what factions the Saga series would offer, only hinting that “it’s another spiritual follow-up to Total War: ROME II“. A release date hasn’t been announced either, just that more information will be revealed soon.