Shogun 2: Total War Release Date Announced

Pre-order queues are already forming.

Are you interested in information pertaining to the release date of Shogun 2: Total War? If not, then click away now. Otherwise, it’s the 15th March 2011.


  1. The Hammer says:

    I’m gonna get this one, after skipping Napoleon (though I had far more simplistic reasons for skipping it than most: I just don’t like the setting when it comes to combat!). I think the more focused, stripped-down setting should do the series a world of good, and it’s absolutely GORGEOUS to look at.

    • ScubaMonster says:

      Yeah same here. I haven’t played a Total War game since Medieval 2. This looks pretty damn awesome.

    • Peter Radiator Full Pig says:

      Man, I wish i had never played a Total War game past Medieval II.
      Never buying a CA game again, even with my favourite Shogun being remade.
      Boo Hiss to CA.

    • Jeremy says:

      I’ve learned that making blanket statements towards life is always the best plan.

    • Carra says:

      Dismissing a game before it’s even released? Tss.

    • Gorgeras says:

      The game could take us to the fudge castle in the land of milk and honey on a cart moved by biscuit wheels; it’s Creative Assembly who are being judged and their disgraceful treatment of players over the still-broken and unoptimised Empire means they will never see a penny from some of us ever again.

    • anduin1 says:

      agreed though I have every Total War game and multiple mods, the whole gunfire thing just didn’t feel as epic as as the games before. Naval battles are gorgeous but not much substance to them. Im hoping this one is a good throwback to the old style and that they really really work on AI issues. Won’t be day 1 but will get it eventually

  2. Brian Manahan says:

    I am pleased to see that this game will have hats!

  3. Colthor says:

    That comic’s brilliant :)

  4. Hmm says:

    CA’d better drop that stupid Steam exclusivity while there’s still time.

    • 2-bits says:

      If it’s not on Steam, I don’t buy it. Steam is grrrreat.

    • Hmm says:

      Nothing wrong with it being ON Steam, but being available ONLY on Steam is retarded. Or being forced to put up with Steam even if you buy a boxed copy.

    • pkt-zer0 says:

      @Hmm: “Or being forced to put up with Steam even if you buy a boxed copy.”

      The reason is probably that developing a Steamworks-less version isn’t worth the hassle, as there’s not much of a market for it. I’m not entirely convinced that the publisher’s alternative for Steamworks features, if any, would be an improvement for the customers overall (the DRM system, in particular).

    • anduin1 says:

      thats not true, Empire arrived here like a week after release cause of some supply issues so I opted to download it from a torrent until my copy arrived and they cracked it to work without steam. Of course once my copy came in, I switched to the Steam version and went from there but its totally possible.

  5. Valient says:

    I just don’t know about this company anymore, the games used to be great but now they seems to drop support right after release and focus on making another game to sell you. Quality not quantity

    • Goomich says:

      Yea, I’m giong to skip on this one, at least, ubtil they fix Empire.

    • Greg Wild says:

      Looks like you’ll be waiting a long time on that one.

    • ScubaMonster says:

      I’m doing a wait and see approach. I’m not rushing out and buying it only to be burnt. Especially given how the last couple of games have fared. I’m still mad I pre-ordered Civ 5 instead of playing the demo first.

    • ScubaMonster says:

      Yes I realize Civ 5 is unrelated. I’m not saying CA made it, just saying it’s another game I should have held off on buying.

    • snv says:

      Well, at least you learned. Nobody burned by preordering gets any iota of sympathy from me, the opposite actuallly.

    • anduin1 says:

      they have been releasing games quite…rapidly lately compared to the amount of time we had to wait between rome and medieval 2. Honestly since Medieval 2, theyve been quite terrible at fully fixing their games and Ive had to rely on talented modders to fix CA’s problems. Stainless Steel, Roma Surrectum/Barborum, Darthmod… its kind of embarrassing.

  6. AndK says:

    The best bit about this post was not the release date, as I preordered it months ago after seeing how gorgeous it looks (gorgeousness may break my PC tho). No it was thos Click. Away. Now. links…I espesiaclly liked the Katy Perry video :D

  7. Hardtarget says:

    ugh boy I just don’t know.

    The concept of a Shogun 2 is sooo aaaweeesooome but I bought Empire on release and got so burned by it.

  8. Nallen says:

    What in god’s name is that 8-Cube thing?

    And don’t say an 8-Cube…

    • Xercies says:

      I don’t know…its something to do with hypercubes. When I went on both wikipedia links I could feel my brain going out of my ears…

    • D says:

      Hypercubes and nth dimentional stuff is cool. There are a bunch of documentary/learning videos about it that are great fun to try and wrap your head around.

  9. Duffin says:

    I’ll play with you katie.

  10. tripwired says:

    Epic, this is going straight on my Amazon Wishlist for Bday in May.

    The only Total War game I spent ny real time playing was the original Shogun, so this should hopefully re-kinde my imagination!

  11. AlexF says:

    I skipped Empire and got Napoleon which I’m pretty smug about. According to Steam, I’ve logged more hours on Napoleon than I would care to admit so this will be a no-brainer purchase for me.

  12. O.G.N says:

    Scheduled for March 2011:
    Shogun 2
    FEAR 3
    Crysis 2
    Warhammer40K:DoW2 – Retribution
    Dragon Age 2

    March is the new December?

    • anduin1 says:

      1st/2nd quarter is the new 4th quarter… a lot of publishers learned their lesson in 2008/2009 when they dumped a ton of games during the holiday season and then only the biggest games sold as expected

  13. utharda says:

    Creative assembly is the goddamn pedo bear of gaming. I’m not bending over again.
    I’m almost thinking there are plants in this thread.

    Anyway, if you’re releasing on the ides of march, shouldn’t it be total war, Caesar?

    Where is the historical sense?

  14. Tim Ward says:

    So, who’s got their 94% review finished?

    • utharda says:

      Well Played!

    • Torqual says:

      Hihi that is a good one, all reviewer forget to judge the KI in total war games. I wonder why. Perhaps because of the many title screen advertisments on all the big games reviewing websites when a new total crap game is released :). We have no objective game reviews anymore, but only game advertisments written by the developing companies marketing department.

      Have a nice day and weekend

    • Vinraith says:

      I think in many cases the answer is simpler than bribery: reviewers simply can’t/don’t give the game the time they would need to properly expose its flaws. In the case of a strategy game like the CA titles, it really does take quite a few hours to start to see many of the flaws, it’s not a “play it for 10 hours and review it” kind of genre.

      This is one reason I think I could never be a game reviewer, I’d have to feel I had a thorough understanding of all the ins and outs of something before I felt comfortable scoring it, and there are games I’ve spent a thousand hours playing where I still don’t feel I have that kind of grasp on every aspect of them (indeed, that’s what’s KEPT me playing them in many cases).

    • Weylund says:

      @Vin: Yes, that’s what made me a terrible game reviewer. I had to play every game for 40-60 hours and never felt I was even scratching the surface. Also, even when I didn’t really enjoy a game I felt a strong need to be objective and let people who *might* like it know that they might, and why, and score it appropriately. Then I’d read other reviews and feel like a time-wasting tool.

      Hey, while we’re predicting review scores I bet Tom Chick will give this a 3/10 (or 2/5) and say the AI still sucks!

  15. Pema says:

    CA has a good past record with only one aberration: ETW.
    But made an excellent comeback with NTW.
    Even if that era didnt appealed to me I logged to many hours on it.

  16. DarkFenix says:

    I’ve generally pre-ordered Total War series games in the past, but since CA’s priorities have shifted towards churning out unfinished games as fast as possible I’m going to be a bit more cautious here. I think it’s a ‘pirate first then buy if it meets expectations’ deal for me.

  17. Mirqy says:

    OK, so do we know the release date for the first patch yet?

  18. Heynes says:

    Surprising that it’s coming out so soon, relative to the last bit we heard about them not releasing until the AI was “perfect.” Not sure what to think about that, really.

  19. BubbaNZ says:

    Got roggered by E:TW too. Then I played Nappy: TW and while it wasn’t such a bugfest or seemingly as incoherent, the campaign AI in still sucked. It wasn’t even a speedbump on the way to world domination, it was roadkill. So I’m waiting this time. Honest.

  20. anduin1 says:

    Seems like theres a lot of “Im waiting” from the comments

  21. VonFIDDE says:

    Wont get this game for sure, and after watching that terrible movie “The Last Samurai” i just feel sick when i see a samurai. Btw most Samurais = faggots :O just read some history its kinda kinky.

  22. `-Silent-Pariya says:

    I will purchase this game to try it out. I am not a child and the single player campaign aspects do not interest me. They are going back to the original concepts before gunpowder dominated warfare. Good, because there is no thought or strategy that goes into gunpowder warfare, unless it is a first person shooter game…. which total war games are not. Empire was a oooh awe game where the graphics were supposed to impress you. I was not impressed and the game fundamentals were appalling and disgusting. They pretty much ripped off the Napoleon mod that was made by the community on an earlier version of the game, which redesigned the units and gave them all guns. personally i think the Mod for the earlier version of Total War was better than Empire TW itself. The only reason that mod was even popular was because it was a breath of fresh air, something new to try, not something to develop and market a whole game on. But they did it, and they made some money doing it. But it is by no means something which can be reproduced or refined like the original game concept (swords/ spears/ and arrows) can. I don’t think we will ever be seeing another gunpowder version of TW again…. and THANK GOD FOR THAT!

    The most important thing here is what they will be doing to multiplayer. The pre deployment options available to the players is what is most important: weather, maps, money, well balanced factions, or if there not well balanced it can be made up for by giving the host of the game even more options in pre deployment.. The host of the game should have so many options available that it should take half a day just to set the game up. *DO YOU GET THE FUCKING POINT CA?* THAT IS WHAT WE WANT. Multiplayer is the way of the future. GET ON THE BUS BEFORE IT LEAVES TOWN AND YOUR LEFT IN ITS DUST TRAIL.