After a ten year hiatus, Shogun: Total War seems set to make a comeback, as Sega announces the sequel to the much beloved classic.
The existence of this game has hitherto been hinted at, and speculation was rife after a series of leaks recently. Sega ultimately formally announced the game last night.
Like its predecessor, Shogun 2 is set is Feudal Japan. Japan has now broken into many warring clans, as oposed to the unified government which they once formed.
With developers Creative Assembly announcing a spate of new features and enhancments for the sequel, including 3D full blown battles on land and sea and a new AI system, it is clear we can look forward to another solid and addictive RTS title.
The Press Release is given below:
TOTAL WAR RETURNS TO SAMURAI WARFARE
Shogun 2: Total War Celebrates 10 Years Of Strategy Domination.LONDON & SAN FRANCISCO (June 2nd, 2010) – SEGA® Europe Ltd. and SEGA® of America, Inc. proudly announce Shogun 2: Total War™, the sixth instalment of The Creative Assembly’s multi award-winning Total War™ strategy franchise on PC. Shogun 2: Total War returns to Feudal Japan 10 years after the release of the original Shogun: Total War™, and sees Creative Assembly using a wealth of new ideas and development experience to make Shogun 2 the revolutionary strategy game that their first title has proven to be.It is the middle of the 16th Century in Feudal Japan. The country, once ruled by a unified government, is now split into many warring clans. Players take on the role of one Daimyo, the clan leader, and will use military engagements, economics and diplomacy to achieve the ultimate goal, re-unite Japan under his supreme command and become the new Shogun – the undisputed ruler of a pacified nation.Shogun 2: Total War will feature enhanced full 3D battles via land and sea, which made a name for the series, as well as the tactical campaign map that many refer to as the heart and soul of Total War. Featuring a brand new AI system inspired by the scriptures that influenced Japanese warfare, the millennia old Chinese “Art of War”, the Creative Assembly brings the wisdom of Master Sun Tsu to Shogun 2: Total War. Analysing this ancient text enabled the Creative Assembly to implement easy to understand yet deep strategical gameplay.
“Developing Shogun 2: Total War gives us the opportunity to use recent technology to portray one of history’s most exciting civil wars.” commented Mike Simpson, Creative Director at The Creative Assembly and father of the Total War franchise. “Ever since we developed Shogun: Total War 10 years ago, the team at The Creative Assembly has always dreamt of using our accumulated experience to revisit Total War in Feudal Japan.”
Shogun 2: Total War will be released exclusively for PC in 2011. For more information please visit www.totalwar.com. For assets and press registration please visit www.sega-press.com