Total War Saga: Troy will take players to a retelling of Homer's Iliad in the late Bronze Age, the furthest back in time of any Total War game, and will prioritize telling the truth behind the myths history buffs have come to know and love. Leaks and rumors have hinted at a Total War game set in the Trojan War for some time now, but today's announcement is the first official confirmation from developer Creative Assembly.
The Total War franchise is a long-running strategy series with a focus on historical settings. Beginning with Shogun: Total War in 2000, the franchise has visited historical locations like feudal Japan, medieval Europe and ancient Rome. The series has traditionally focused on grand, sweeping tales of longer historical periods, so the Total War Saga series was created as a spin-off to allow for retellings of smaller, more specific moments in history. The spin-off series' first game, Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia, was one of Screen Rant's most anticipated games of 2018.
Following a leak of the game's existence via a PC Gamer magazine cover posted to Reddit by user u/Mavus yesterday, Creative Assembly officially confirmed Total War Saga: Troy with an announcement trailer this morning. According to Creative Assembly, Total War Saga: Troy will "uncover the truth behind Homer's Iliad," telling a story that reveals what might have inspired the myths intertwined in Homer's stories of the Trojan War. No gods, mythical creatures, or Brad Pitt demigods will appear in-game. Instead, Creative Assembly will include "realistic representations" of what mythological creatures' "true form may have been." Gods will show up only in spirit via the game's new Gods and Favor system, which provide god-specific bonuses to factions on the basis of those factions' belief alone, rather than some kind of supernatural power.
Total War Saga: Troy puts a heavy emphasis on infantry-versus-infantry combat, just as the spears-and-shields warfare of the Bronze Age did. Creative Assembly said the game will include infantry units with different speeds, weights, active abilities and passive abilities to ensure nothing is too simplistic, and players can take control of heroic figures like Achilles and Hector. A new 'challenge battle' ability allows players to pit individual hero units against each other in one-on-one duels. In addition to infantry combat, Total War Saga: Troy will include economy management, diplomacy and naval combat.
It's been a while since a video game has reimagined the Trojan War myth - since 2011's Dynasty Warriors spin-off, Warriors: Legends of Troy, to be specific. Creative Assembly has the potential to provide a refreshing take on the tale, especially with Total War Saga: Troy's apparent emphasis on providing historical context to the mythology. Granted, given the series of leaks and Total War trademarks, it's not exactly a surprise. Total War Saga: Troy has no specific release date yet, but it's set to come out in 2020.
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