Lead the Huns to Victory in Creative Assembly's Total War: Attila

Lead the Huns to Victory in Creative Assembly's Total War: Attila

Creative Assembly's latest Total War title will focus on the reign of Attila the Hun.

Creative Assembly's Total War series has been a long-running favorite of strategy fans, so they will be happy to hear that the dev just announced the latest entry, Total War: Attila. As the name would imply, Total War: Attila is set during the fall of Rome with an emphasis on the infamous Attila the Hun.

As per course, Total War: Attila will be a PC exclusive, and currently has a release date of "2015". You can check out the reveal trailer, which accompanied the game's announcement at this year's EGX expo, to the right.

Janos Gaspar, lead designer on the project, said "We've brought a darker side of the war to the series," explaining that "If you load into that battle after a [prolonged siege of attrition] you'll see walls are already damaged, there are some fires already started, buildings already destroyed and - later on - defenders start to lose people through starvation."

You'll also have options to do some pretty dastardly stuff outside of battle, like raze your own settlements, causing huge morale decreases, but preventing attackers from capturing and exploiting the infrastructure there.

Gaspar added that elements like this will affect the way battle sequences play out, by increasing or decreasing troops morale and thus their effectiveness in battle.

Senior battle designer Simon Mann described Total War: Attila as a "survival-strategy game", especially for certain factions.

"For example: Rome, you've just got to hold on and try and survive, whereas people like the Saxons are also pushed, they've also got to try and survive."

The game certainly looks very impressive, and for die-hard strategy fans, it may be exactly what they have been waiting for.

Source: Now Gamer via Creative Assembly

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Also known by another name: BARBARIAN INVASION 2!

I need to get my Saxon and Frankish conquests rolling. This is gonna be sweet!

Seems interesting. I'd personally like to see Total War Ganghis Khan though.

sb666:
Seems interesting. I'd personally like to see Total War Ganghis Khan though.

Strange that the society that came closest to actual total war has so far not had their own game. BUT that said I know why. Its because the Mongols waged war on such a massive scale that it would be difficult to imitate accurately in the game without sacrificing the all important graphics or making it a complicated paradox style game. Whats the point of imitating war if you can't zoom in to the bead of sweat on a dying mans brow, who cares if to get to that fidelity that we have to sacrifice accurate sizes of armies and tactics of the era or sacrifice meaningful context to war, get us to the action. We must see all the blood we must see duals in the middle of battle that could never of actually happened!
I really hated Rome II because it wasn't just bad but it made me realize just how bad the previous titles were which I think is the absolute worst thing a entry can do to its franchise. Its closer to fantasy battles like Lord of the rings then it is to historical battles.

But really, they aren't fooling me again after the mess of Rome 2

yeah seriously, you gonna buy this after Total War Rome 2?

Nurb:

But really, they aren't fooling me again after the mess of Rome 2

I'm not sure Disney ever realized that the Huns never attacked China.... and that the Huns depicted in Mulan were the Xiongnu nomads.

Were Mongols trademarked or something?

Soviet Heavy:

Nurb:

But really, they aren't fooling me again after the mess of Rome 2

I'm not sure Disney ever realized that the Huns never attacked China.... and that the Huns depicted in Mulan were the Xiongnu nomads.

Were Mongols trademarked or something?

Mongols are harder to fit into songs. Huns are a single syllable and easy to rhyme.

sturryz:
yeah seriously, you gonna buy this after Total War Rome 2?

I want to love these games but Creative Assembly has a whole lot of trust they need to earn back. Buggy launches would be more tolerable if they actually managed to improve the formula and/or end their case of consoleitis with all the DLC crap.

First of all, is this a new game or an expansion for Rome 2?

If it's an expansion, I don't care. Rome 2 missed the point of TW games so hard and still managed to be mediocre at best and utter dogshit at launch. When you streamline and simplify a game, you're expected to make the remaining mechanics and gameplay elements smooth and polished. You don't get to put out a dumbed down game and still have it be bugged to all hell and poorly balanced.

Here's an example from the Total War series itself: Empire: Total War. That game had a ton of bugs and problems. But it also had a slew of new features, a focus on ranged combat not seen in the series before and in general, the bugs and such were somewhat tolerable due to the scale and scope of the thing.

On the other hand, we have Shogun 2. Coming after Empire, it scaled things back, limited the scope of the game and went for a more focused experience. But it then provided a fairly polished, well made product that was a joy to play. Sure, it had less going on than Empire, but it did it much more smoothly.

Rome 2 took the worst of both worlds, providing a scaled down experience compared to many of the earlier games while failing to deliver on the level of quality seen in Shogun 2.

I honestly hope CA learned from Rome 2 and that Atilla will be a return to glory...

Soviet Heavy:
Also known by another name: BARBARIAN INVASION 2!

I need to get my Saxon and Frankish conquests rolling. This is gonna be sweet!

my thoughts exactly.. hmm barbarian invasion 2

Stayed up to watch the presentation. Was possibly the least impressive thing they could have unveiled.

Game reeks of 'what Rome 2 should have released like'. Few gimmicky extra features like burning buildings that give armies defending towns a morale hit the longer the battle goes. Oh and the ability to level cities/scorched earth tactics (which should have been in the series ages ago to be honest)

And worst of all, not ONE damn word about their Warhammer game. At the very least they could throw us a bone and say whether it's going to be a Total War style title or not. Sick of getting my hopes up.

Soviet Heavy:

Nurb:

But really, they aren't fooling me again after the mess of Rome 2

I'm not sure Disney ever realized that the Huns never attacked China.... and that the Huns depicted in Mulan were the Xiongnu nomads.

Were Mongols trademarked or something?

Or maybe they wanted the Chinese protagonist to win? Not a lot of winning happened against the Mongols...

SEGA have forced CA to totally alienated their core player base at this point. Unfortunately I won't be playing this, not until I can finish an hour of Rome 2 without it crashing to desktop, or without a boat travelling across land when it wants to dock, or the AI attempts to defend itself during a siege.

After the terrible slap in the face that was Rome II, I have trouble justifying buying a Total War game anymore. And that's terrible, because it's one of my favorite franchises. This had better debut to rave reviews from actual gamers for me to give it a look. They seem to be going for Rome II But Not Terrible. They had better meet that goal.

Ftaghn To You Too:
After the terrible slap in the face that was Rome II, I have trouble justifying buying a Total War game anymore. And that's terrible, because it's one of my favorite franchises. This had better debut to rave reviews from actual gamers for me to give it a look. They seem to be going for Rome II But Not Terrible. They had better meet that goal.

When was the last time you looked at it? It's seen a pretty massive improvement patch recently and now I consider it roughly on par with Medieval 2, which is my second favorite TW game. I'd still rather have a family tree, but the politics system has a purpose beyond just civil wars and occasionally draining your bank account.

Yes Rome 2 sucked but its not that bad they fixed some issues and fans have fixed some more.

Everyone has a bad game now and then. I'm so going to be excited for this.

Now we are talking. Such a neglected time period.

I honestly thought this was another DLC for Rome II. Had no idea it was a new game.

Its Napoleon to Empire TW as Attila to Rome II

Rome II cost them a lot of good faith from. I'm staying away from this until all the reviews come out.

Soviet Heavy:

I'm not sure Disney ever realized that the Huns never attacked China.... and that the Huns depicted in Mulan were the Xiongnu nomads.

Were Mongols trademarked or something?

Its still a matter of debate, if the Xiongnu were Huns or not. If you go China, the verdict there is the Xiongnu are Huns.

Same as most here, I won't give this a try until I start seeing the user reviews come out. I started doubting Total War games when Empire came out, and thanks to Rome 2 I will never preorder/buy one of their games at release ever again. That said, I am glad they are sticking to older time periods as I never thought they really did a good job of matching gunpowder units with any units using older technology.

Well, I'm excited for it. I didn't get Rome II, so I've got no bad blood with Creative Assembly, and it sounds interesting. I'd really like it if they did FMV for the little cutscenes, but that's just because No Right Answer put that thought in my head.

Cautiously optimistic. I'd love to see this game do well, but Rome II has me nervous. At the end of the day, if Atilla ends up being horrible, it's not a huge loss - I still have Medieval II, Empire and Shogun II.

So it's Barbarian Invasion 2 eh? I was hoping for another Medieval game but largely because I've been reading so much Medieval fiction lately - looking forward to what they come up with.

 

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