The Creative Assembly have revealed the next chapter in the Total War saga, and in spite of persistent rumours of a standalone expansion or larger DLC campaign, it's a brand new entry in the series called Total War: Attila.
Total War: Attila is expected sometime in 2015 and let's the player experience the bitter end of the Roman Empire (or Empires as it were) and begins 395 AD. It offers an improved user interface, deeper mechanics, and reintroductions of family trees, religion and health, in addition to climate change. Naturally it reminds us of Barbarian Invasion, the expansion for the original Rome: Total War, but from what we've seen of Total War: Attila it appears fully worthy of standing on its own two legs.
Here are some handy bullet points from the press release.
APOCALYPTIC DESTRUCTION MECHANICS
Wield the ferocious power of fire in battle to set buildings ablaze and terrify defenders, or wipe entire cities and regions from the face of the campaign map with the new raze mechanic.
LEGENDARY START POSITION
Playing as the Western Roman Empire you will begin with vast territories under your control, but weakened by political in-fighting and threatened on all sides by enemies, your dominance will quickly become a struggle to survive.
OVERHAULED GAME MECHANICS
Improved core gameplay and UI through the latest optimised and modified Total War game mechanics, including politics, family tree, civic management and technological progression.
INCREDIBLE PERIOD DETAIL
With new period-specific technologies, arms and armaments, religion, cultures and social upheaval, Total War: ATTILA delivers an authentic experience of this ominous chapter of our history.
OUTSTANDING VISUAL FIDELITY
Improvements and optimisations to both campaign and battle visuals create a chilling vision of a looming apocalypse and the ruin of the civilized world. With breath-taking scale, atmosphere and improved graphical performance, witness the end of days and the rise of legend.</i>
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