Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia

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Lots of new intel drops as the Vikings prepare to set sail.

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The Creative Assembly recently announced A Total War Saga: Thrones of Brittania, a spin-off from the studio's main historical series, and one that focuses on a fairly narrow period of history. In this case we're talking about 878 AD in Britain, around the time the Vikings started showing up en masse and raiding further and further into the mainland. It was a turbulent period of British history, and out of it the country of England began to form, and it's this series of events that CA are looking at much more closely.

And now the studio has given us a lot of new insight into what it's planning for the game. The quick version of the extensive blogpost is that the map will be 23x bigger than it was when it appeared in Total War: Atilla, and therefore "the largest, most detailed version of the British Isles featured in a Total War game."

The post by lead dev Jack Lusted also explains some subtle but potentially far-reaching changes to the way the provinces work on the map, and there's the admission that they're keeping things balanced at the expense of historical accuracy for a couple of factions (the example given is that the influential West Saxons - or West Seaxe as they're more accurately called - will have less territory at the start of the game). There are going to be ten playable factions at launch, and although nothing much is confirmed at this stage, checking out the maps below will give you a fairly good idea about how the political landscape will look when the game lands on PC next year.

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On the left is the campaign map guide, on the right a graphic to demonstrate how tiny and insignificant Britain is in TW: Attila.
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Provinces and settlements are in white, and the colourful one in the middle is the faction map.

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"The more detailed focus works very well, and the greater emphasis on character progression breathes new life into the strategy half of the campaign."

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