Posts Tagged ‘The Creative Assembly’

Total War: Warhammer Debuts Its Dwarfs

The last time I had anything to do with dwarfs I was playing a card-based drinking game called Iron & Ale for Shut Up & Sit Down. This happened. As a result, the dwarf unit video for Total War: Warhammer [official site] is one I watched with one hand cupped protectively over my arm.

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Halo Wars 2 Coming From The Creative Assembly

Here’s an interesting one: Halo Wars 2, which is the sequel to original the Halo-centric RTS game that came to 360 systems in 2009, is coming to both Xbox One and Windows 10 next autumn.

The original Halo Wars was the final game from Age of Empires creators Ensemble Studios, but this sequel is being made by another lot of RTS veterans: Total War folks The Creative Assembly (with help from Halo caretakers 343 Industries). Microsoft today announced the game with a teaser trailer, which you can watch below.

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Imperial: Total Warhammer’s First In-Engine Video

There’s a moment in this first in-engine trailer for Total War: Warhammer [official site] when the Emperor Karl Franz rallies his troops on the battlefield. It’s a reminder of one of my favourite parts of any Total War game – the pre-combat speeches that draw on the context of the coming battle to deliver bravadao in the face of certain doom, or the swaggering arrogance of a general whose forces outnumber the enemy ten to one. When the forces in this video meet, everybody seems to lose. Some are stabbed, some are stomped…one poor chap gets eaten.

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Total War – Warhammer Introduces Noble Cat-Birds

We’re probably not going to be covering all of these individually, but here’s the first of Sega and Creative Assembly’s unit-specific videos for the upcoming Total War: Hammer Time [official site]. Whether we post every single video or not, one thing’s for sure – if there’s a night goblin fanatic video at any point, I’ll be posting it several times.

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Huah! Total War Sale-O-Trial Weekend Bonanza

I’d have felt bad for Total War if developers The Creative Assembly had chosen to celebrate the series’ fifteenth birthday with only five seconds of Total Warhammer. Poor, lonely, unloved Total War. But wait! Those pranksters threw a dummy party, saving the real festivities for this weekend.

A Total War weekend on Steam brings 75% off the price tag of most games in the series, Steam releases for the original Medieval and Shogun games, and trial weekends offering the full versions of seven Total Wars. Chin up, Twary: they still love you.

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Partial Warhammer: 5 Seconds Of Total War: Warhammer

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I know, I know, we shouldn’t play ball with this kind of tease me, tease me, aha now you have to wait some more marketing, but c’mon, it’s Total War: Warhammer [official site]. The world’s greatest tabletop setting being recreated at immense scale. I want it bad, despite not being all that much of a Total War guy. The scant but Griffony footage appears right at the end of a two minute video showboating about all the Total Wars to date, and a soundtrack doing to Everybody Wants To Rule The World what Gary Jules did to Mad World. Poor old Tears For Fears. I think the TWW clip is in-engine, though it’s hard to say when it’s that short. There’s a hint of greenskin in there too.
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Total Gore – Livestream Reveal For Total War: Arena

The Creative Assembly are clever to tap into that Awake-At-4am-Watching-Deadliest-Warrior market; their free-to-play 10v10 strategy game Total War: Arena [official site] looks the next best thing to my nights contemplating whether John Cena could win against a ninja.

The first in-game trailer has arrived ahead of a livestreamed event this afternoon where The Creative Assembly will show off the first live gameplay as community members throw down, with a commentator and a few developers as the icing on this Twitch cake.

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Alien: Isolation Has Sold 2.1 Million Horrible Stalking Aliens

According to Sega’s latest financial report, space stealth-em-up Alien: Isolation [official site] had sold 2.1 million units across all platforms at the end of March. It comfortably outsold the publisher’s other new releases during the same year, such as Football Manager 2015 (810k sales) and the two Sonic Boom games (620k total sales).

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Total War: Attila Assembly Kit Mod Tools Released

First things first: make a map of your workplace.

Let’s play a guessing game: what sort of mods will we see for Total War: Attila [official site] now its official mod tools are out? Game of Thrones, that seems an obvious world to bosh into a medieval strategy game. Probably Warhammer Fantasy, I’d imagine, even though Total War: Total Warhammer – War Tote is now official. All sorts of rebalancing and tweaking and prettifying and historical doodads too, I’m sure.

Total War devs The Creative Assembly released Attila’s Assembly Kit yesterday, which can make all sorts of mods and comes with Steam Workshop support.

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Murders! Total War: Attila Gore DLC Patched To Add Gore

If you’re going to charge someone £2 to see blood, gore, and vom, make it visceral. Historical strategy series Total War splits its gore off into separate DLC, officially so the games get a lower rating. The gore DLC for Total War: Attila [official site], mind, fell far short of the orgy of violence you’d expect from something named ‘Blood & Burning’.

Recognising that, developers The Creative Assembly have bloodied up the gore DLC, resulting in patch notes like the adorably violent contents of a child’s notebook planning their dream game. Look out for “spurts last longer”! Don’t miss “decapitations are now more frequent”! Let’s not forget “Units with seasickness on transport ships will now vomit”! That’s the kind of gore I’d want for £2.

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F2P Total War Battles: Kingdom Is In Open Beta Now

Total War Battles: Kingdom [official site] is my favourite name in videogames right now. It’s from the school of game names where the words can tumble out of your mouth in any order and an equal amount of sense: Kingdom War: Total Battles; Total Kingdom: War Battles; Solid Gear: Metal Ground Zeroes. It’s a free-to-play game, so I’m crossing my fingers for name-extended DLC. Total War Battles: Kingdom Siege Conflict, Total War Battles: Kingdom Fire Mission.

Anyway! Anyway, like the title says, Creative Assembly’s “persistent-world strategy game” is now in open beta.

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Hands On: Total War – Attila

The last time I wrote a preview of a Total War gameexcluding spin-offs – I was excitable. I wanted nothing more than to go Roamin’ with the Romans across enormous, epic campaigns, and the small slice of the game I played filled me with confidence that the short portion I’d enjoyed was a fitting representation of the eventual end product. I was wrong.

Playing Attila it’s easy to see evidence of a franchise revived, not only by technical fixes but through the insertion of new mechanics that reflect a strong central theme. The early signs are good and there’s a great deal of promise, but this is a game about the end times, and until the full scope of its campaigns can be seen a cautious approach is advisable.

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The Bestest Best Horror Of 2014 – Alien: Isolation

A game about Alien rather than a game about Aliens. A game about fleeing and hiding rather than running and gunning. A game that uses a license as effectively as any in the history of the medium. Alien: Isolation is a worthy successor to Ridley Scott’s sci-fi horror classic.

Adam: We’re not using the X word.

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