Creative Assembly and SEGA have announced the first Saga spin-off of the historical Total War games, Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia, set in 878 AD, set in early Britain after the Viking invasion. It will be the same size as previous Total War games, but offer a more detailed, focused look at a specific location and time period than other Total War games. Details below.
Thrones of Britannia is set in 878, following the Viking Invasion of Britain. The Norse warlords are established, but the various kings of Britain will fight back - including Alfred The Great. Despite being a spin-off the game will not be a smaller experience - the campaign map previously has been compared in size to Shogun 2, which Creative Assembly are now calling "the most detailed Total War campaign map ever made". Saga won't cover as wide an area geographically, or over a long period of time, as other Total War titles - it instead will focus on one time period and a more detailed map of a specific area.
Saga Series Director Mike Simpson explains:
"Our aim with Total War Sagas is to explore key flashpoints at distinct places and times in history. Unlike our era-spanning titles, we’re putting defined geographical areas under the microscope, building super-detailed campaign maps with a strong cultural focus and flavour that players can dive into. This will complement our broader-scope titles perfectly."
Game director Jack Lusted had previously talked about the Saga series, saying "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." He's compared Thrones of Britannia in particular to Fall of the Samurai for Shogun 2, saying that it's "an extension or magnification of the previous game’s time period".
The next major release for Total War is the Empire Divided expansion for Total War: Rome II, out on November 30. After that Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia will follow in 2018, with a full new historical Total War due after that along with Total War: Warhammer 3.