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The Total War series has been going strong for nearly two decades now and, moving ahead, the team at Creative Assembly is showing no signs of slowing. In fact, they've announced a brand new spin-off series for their banner titles called Total War Saga.

Anyone who has played the Total War games knows that they typically live up to that grandiose title, focusing on epic, sweeping moments in history where massive conflicts changed an entire era. In general, Total War games boast campaigns that follow a tale years in the making. With Total War Saga, the combat and features players have come to expect will remain intact, but the scope will be zoomed in a bit, focusing instead on smaller moments in history with less earth-shattering battles that still altered the course of history.

This news comes to us directly from the Total War blog, where the development team is offering a glimpse at what the new Saga series will be all about. Based on what the guys are saying, the only major change is to the types of stories the games will focus on.

In previous Total War games (as well as upcoming games under the standard banner), the campaign typically focused on an entire era. The examples given include Rome or Empire, where all of the major conflicts of a given civilization are tackled. In previous spin-off games like Attila, the focus was on the many conquests of a single individual.

According to the devs, that still meant a lot of landmark confrontations were not being touched on by the Total War series simply because they were not included in any civilization's sweeping history and were not the result of a storied leader rushing into battle.

But just because the scope of the story is more focused, the blog states that fans of the series should expect the same gameplay they've grown to know and love.

So, Total War Saga games will be the same mix of turn-based campaign strategy, real-time battle tactics and hundreds if not thousands of hours of gameplay as a regular Total War game, but focused down on a distinct moment. Sagas won't be revolutionary new titles or introduce brand-new eras; they'll follow-on from previous Total War games and inhabit the same time-period, or at the very least relate to it. But these are certainly Total War games.

So if you're a fan of the Total War series, it sounds like you've simply got more to look forward to in the coming years. And if you're a newcomer to the series, a Saga game might be a perfect introductory point since it will feature all of the same gameplay, but maybe a story arc that isn't quite so intimidating.

Unfortunately, it sounds like we're a ways out before we learn much more about plans for the Saga games. The team isn't ready to talk details on which confrontation will serve as the backbone of the first entry and will offer new info in the coming months. We feel pretty confident the platform will remain PC though because we don't even want to imagine playing these games with a controller.

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