Beckham: Total War

By Alec Meer on May 19th, 2010 at 12:21 am.

Well, if only. Legions of squeaky-voiced footballers showing their crass tattoos to each other and trying to force their (allegedly) botoxed faces into threatening scowls… Someone mod that for me. Please. What is happening is that the Creative Assembly, best known for making splendid strategy games with colons in the title, are trying their hand at making a sports game. Back of the net…

Or rather returning to making sports games, as some of their earliest work was porting EA sports titles to the PC. It’s worth observing it’s their Australian studio handling it rather than the main UK unit. That arm of the company has the awful misfire Stormrise to its name (whose creative lead has since, ah, parted ways with CA), as a well as a divisive DS port of the old Sonic games, so it’s perhaps too soon to start hoping CA will revolutionise sports games in the way they did RTS, with Shogun: Total War wayback when.

Hopefully it’s a big and serious project, however, with the full weight of CA’s experience brought to bear. If you consider yourself to be a lead gameplay programmer and live/fancy living in Australia, you could even apply to work on it.

I close, of course, with a suggestion that you all speculate wildly as to what this ‘next-gen sports title’ might be. Do bear in mind CA are owned by Sega, though.

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  1. a.nye.123 says:

    Sega? I smell tennis.

    Wimbledon: Total War?

  2. Flakfizer says:

    The AI won’t know how to do a proper pitch invasion….

    • Collic says:

      hahaha. excellent ! :D

    • Alexander Norris says:

      Never mind the pitch invasion; the AI won’t know how football works and refuse to leave the pitch when the match is over unless you hand over your expensive trophy wife and sports car as payment.

  3. Oak says:

    As long as they have the monk from Medieval II do commentary, I’ll be there.

  4. Magrippinho says:

    I guess that a companion piece to (Sega-owned/SI-developped) Football Manager, that would allow you to play the matches controlling the players yourself, is the safe bet here.

    I don’t really like the concept myself, but it would certainly make good money, fuss-free.

    A more interesting idea that would make zero money? A game where you control the fans and play out the pub-brawls.

    • Tom OBedlam says:

      I’ve got a feeling their was a rubbish hooligans game a few years back…

    • MultiVaC says:

      That sounds awesome. I’m imagining a mixture of Condemned and Zeno Clash. But with even more crazy people than both of those games.

    • Bhazor says:

      Careful what you wish for

  5. Barman1942 says:

    I wish they would make a Shogun 2: Total War instead.

    • Barman1942 says:

      Also, the intro image to this news post makes me want to reinstall STW. Such a classic game.

    • Real Horrorshow says:

      Chances are one of CA’s B-team studios is making this, like CA Australia. There’s no way CA UK is not working on something TW related at this very moment.

    • Real Horrorshow says:

      After reading the article instead of skimming it, I see that I’m right.

      P.S. ETW was a great game *runs away*

  6. Peter Radiator Full Pig says:

    Crash and burn, CA. Never shall i purchase off you again after Empire.
    Though i would enjoy seeing some of the titles in the shop;
    Golf Total-War.

  7. Harv says:

    Aussie Rules Football?

  8. 12kill4 says:

    Given CA’s experience with things ancient and historical, I expect Creative Assembly’s Total Lawn Bowls to be a real smash hit with the elderly gaming scene…

  9. bill says:

    Ah! I just reinstalled Shogun last night. My disks are in another country, and nowhere will sell it to me legally. But luckily a work around was found.

    So far, apart from headache inducing flashing in some of the menus, it all seems to be working out ok. (touch wood).
    This game is still awesome… though i forgot how much the battles devolved into big cries of “Bundle!!”.

  10. Pijama says:

    The FA: Total War

    and first expansion being

    The Netherlands: Total Football

  11. Mad Doc MacRae says:

    There used to be a meaningful difference between the Aussie and UK CA teams but I don’t think it’s fair to the Aussies to be so down on them after the UK team made Empire.

    • Real Horrorshow says:

      Then the U.K. team made NTW.

      Down with the Aussie studio.

    • Mad Doc MacRae says:

      How’s that mod support – er, DLC uniforms treating you?

  12. Sceptrum says:

    Maybe they will try another Rugby game…after all next year is Rugby World Cup so SEGA might want a game for that and don’t think EA has any rights.

  13. Fumarole says:

    Man, seeing that image really got my hopes up. Another Total War set in Asia would be very welcome. Hell, I’d settle for Shogun showing up on Good Old Games.

  14. DMcCool says:

    as a well as a divisive DS port of the old Sonic games,

    Divisive is my favourite journalistic adjective. In review-speak it translates roughly to “shit”. Though I’m sure Mr Meer is using it in its proper sense here, it is funny to see how often the word is used by reviewers trying to seem impartial when writing about something they have a low opinion of, or have only heard of through a last-minute wikipedia browse.
    I might start using it in casual conversation “How was the club?” “Divisive.” Will it work in a drum&bass style reverse, as compliment? “Those are some divisive tunes mate!” Only time will tell.

  15. RUN msdos.exe -DMC says:

    Manchester: Total Footballin’ Y’all.

  16. Brulleks says:

    It’s got to be a strategy game about bidding for the World Cup, surely.

    Organising stadiums, political machinations, making sure the President of your FA doesn’t go making himself look a total arse. That sort of thing.

  17. archonsod says:

    Total Yachting. Now with sea based racing!

  18. Ian says:

    Somebody make a good rugby game.

    Anybody?

  19. Choca says:

    In the offices of SEGA France, there is a blackboard with fake ideas on it left as a joke for visiting journalists.

    The last time I went there, the board had a Dinosaur : Total War on it (amongst other funny stuff like aSonic vs. Masterchief planned for the Xbox 720, plans for a Dreamcast 1.5 and so on).

    Made me wish it wasn’t a joke.

  20. Griddle Octopus says:

    Cromwell: Total Warts – after all, they’ve really not done the English Civil War justice.

  21. Lobotomy Lobster says:

    A new Shogun would be back of the net, football not so much

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    drewski says:

    It’s a casual compilation style game, from what I’ve read elsewhere. Mario and Sonic Play Obscure British Empire Sports Nobody Else Has Heard Of, perhaps.

  23. JoeDuck says:

    A sports game by CA?

    Easy…

    Starcraft: Total War

  24. Dan says:

    Big Game Hunter: Total Boar

    • jeremypeel says:

      Heheh, puns within puns, like russian dolls…

      Russian Dolls: Total Score?

  25. Manfromtheweb says:

    Hear hear!

    • Manfromtheweb says:

      Damn the reply-button. The above was meant to be a comment on what Oak had to say:

      Oak says: May 19, 2010 at 12:33 am
      As long as they have the monk from Medieval II do commentary, I’ll be there.

  26. Jimbo says:

    Sega Soccer Slam MMO? That would actually be awesome.

  27. Zwebbie says:

    It’ll be interesting to see how CA’s multi-tiered release policy works; they mentioned with Empire that they’d keep supporting the game, by adding such things as naval invasions, balance, and code stable enough to last for twelve minutes without crashing. That’s dedication!
    So, say they’ll make a football game. How many patches will it be until they patch in a ball? And a referee?

    (If you’re wondering, I did indeed not like Empire)

  28. DMJ says:

    I’ve been holding off on commenting because I expected someone else to say this first:

    He must have a foot like a traction engine!

    Also, I failed Captcha 3 times. I think that officially makes me a non-sentient life form.