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.

What “persistent” means in this context is that your battles contribute resources that you can then use to expand a home city, a la all those iOS games with similarly noun-heavy names. Your battles then take place in lanes, with the tactics focused primarily upon which units you choose to field rather than on hiding banks of horsey soldiers behind a nearby treeline. If this seems like a terrifying bastardisation of the Total War you know and love, keep in mind that this is a sequel to a previous game, Total War Battles: Shogun, and the world hasn’t ended yet. While that last game focused on singleplayer, this one lets you (total war) battle with other players, and switches up the Japanese setting in favour of the 10th century Dark Age.

The iPad is lousy with these kinds of experiences, but is there an appetite for them on the PC amid the pantheon of strategy games? Any of you play the closed beta since it launched at the start of the year?

8 Comments

  1. Richard Nixon says:

    So it’s Total War Battles without tactical control, or really anything that makes Total War battles Total War battles, except for a lot of mans on a map fighting…

  2. Maksa says:

    “This item is currently unavailable in your region” – Steam
    :(

    • AngoraFish says:

      Buy most accounts you’re not missing anything. Reading the reviews, the game seems to be a pay to win casual mobile-style game with a ton of waiting and the Total War brand tacked on more or less arbitrarily.

  3. Kerr Avon says:

    *sigh* CA seriously need to “mount the Medieval III milestone” sooner rather than later, not this… joke. You know, something we might actually want to buy? Even after Rome II I’d still blindly throw a few gold coins at anything with ‘Total War: Medieval III’ written on it, at least given how sublimely superb the last version was (and still is). Surely it can’t be just me? Saying that, we shouldn’t get our hopes up… CA now are clearly nothing like the (defunct) studio responsible for Medieval II (based in Australia). So what do we have now? Cringe-worthy marketing and PR execs telling us how great they are, the antics of Laycock & Lusted, Simon Pegg’s “comedian” nephew and to add insult to injury, FTP tablet games. Lovely. Thanks guys, nice to know you’re spending your wages and dev time so wisely…

    • Thurgret says:

      Attila’s actually pretty good, CA’s penchant for inserting borderline fantasy stuff into their games in places and their horrendous DLC policies notwithstanding.

    • DarkFenix says:

      Right now I think I’m perfectly poised to avoid Medieval 3 like the plague. Rome 1 was great, Rome 2 is an abomination, Medieval 2 was probably the best of the series so frankly Medieval 3 can only go downhill from it. The nicest thing I’ve been able to say about any recent TW game was “It’s decent, but it’s not Medieval 2”.

  4. yan spaceman says:

    The player reviews on Steam are scathing. CA are wiping their fat, farting arses on one of the greatest franchises inherited by any company of game developers.