Total War Saga: Thrones Of Britannia now pre-loading

“Never pre-order,” we say, then youse go and pre-order A Total War Saga: Thrones Of Britannia right into the Steam top ten. Ah but sure, you know what’s coming: it’s another Total War, and you can already read Nic Rueben’s Total War Saga: Thrones Of Britannia review for our official word on it. So hey, you cheeky pre-orderers: know that you can now pre-load Thrones Of Britannia on Steam ahead of its Thursday launch.

If you’ve pre-ordered the game all the kids are calling ATWSTOB, as of four minutes ago you can download 5.8GB of it in advance – though not play until it’s actually out, obvs. Look for it in your Steam library. I don’t know how substantial the preload lump is; the system requirements say ATWSTOB needs 30GB of free hard drive space, but those always include a nice safety margin. Still, that’s 5.8GB you won’t need to download on Thursday.

A 10% pre-order discount makes Thrones Of Britannia £27/€36/$36 on Steam right now but OBVIOUSLY don’t pre-order even though people OBVIOUSLY are. It’ll hit Windows first, with Mac and Linux versions to follow “shortly after.”

Here, a chunk of Wot Nic Thought:

“Faction-specific units are few, so personality comes from unit specialities. West Seaxe has some seriously nasty late game cavalry, for example, and a few units of Welsh archers with flaming arrows will make short work of an approaching siege tower. Those coming from Total Warhammer might be disappointed that the most novel thing on offer here is units of ferocious war dogs, but it’s still satisfying to watch a charge of pugilistic puppers who’ve just decided the opposing frontline have biscuits in their pockets.”

Doggos, you say?


  1. Faldrath says:

    I glanced at the picture and thought “wait why is there a bathroom drain in the screenie”? Cannot unsee :(

  2. ThePuzzler says:

    Surely it no longer counts as a pre-order if the reviews (and ‘Wot I thinks’) are already out?

    • Cederic says:

      That depends whether you trust the reviewers.

      Computer gaming is replete with examples of reviewers omitting key issues with a game because, “That’ll be fixed when we go gold, honest!” or because it’s only a mass release that reveals just how many issues exist, or because the journalist doesn’t want to lose out on the next jolly courtesy of [publisher].

      Even RPS can’t escape one of those reasons a WIT may not be completely reliable ahead of actual release.

  3. MiniMatt says:

    Alice alt-text musical references best alt-text musical references

  4. bramble says:

    I’m one of those people who did a bad thing and pre-ordered this :(. I have no excuse at all. I even have a distinct memory of my intense regret pre-ordering Rome II and feeling so disappointed in how bad that game was at launch and for paying full price for it. And now this game is getting middling reviews and it’s too late, I had already done it again. Is there something wrong with me? Can I not be trusted around TW games despite my better judgement, the same way a heroin addict can’t be trusted around a loose $20?

    • Imperialist says:

      Idk, the game isnt being sold full price, and its 10% off on preorder. I guess it depends on your expectations.
      The least amount of hours ive clocked in a TW game is 68, and that was TW: Napoleon. Attila was almost 400, TWW was around 300, TWW2 was around 400, Rome 2 was 350ish. Im practically guaranteed to get my $ worth. But even the “bad” TW games have afforded me many hours of entertainment. I expect this one will be no different.

  5. Stunpi says:

    I don’t mind pre-ordering a game after watching a few different streamers and seeing the product myself. Doing it blind without any kind of preview is obviously a bit daft.

  6. 1Derby says:

    Watched Pixelated Apollo’s YouTube play of one of the factions over the past few days. Made my decision to pre-purchase and grab the 10% discount.

    Looking forward to this.