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Shogun 2: Total War Announced

After a decade, Creativity Assembly is crafting a sequel to its original Total War title.

After 10 years of cranking out Total War games, Creative Assembly is still down with making another Total War game. In fact, Sega has announced that the studio is currently crafting a sequel to its original Total War game, creatively titled Shogun 2: Total War. Like its predecessor, you'll be tasked with re-uniting a splintered feudal Japan. But in order to do this you'll need to use pansy crap like diplomacy and economics along with the manly sport of warfare. The end goal, of course, is to become the shogun.

The press release notes that Shogun 2 will feature a new AI system inspired by Sun Tzu's Art of War, a book that already happened to be on my top ten list of "Things AI Should Be Designed After."  Considering that the game is a sequel, you shouldn't be too surprised to see improved visuals, as well as better land and sea battle elements (including, for the first time, coastal warfare).
 

     
Shogun 2 will also purportedly sport an eight-player competitive multiplayer component on top of separate competitive and cooperative modes inside its campaign multiplayer mode. Expect character progression frills, too, if a leaked fact sheet (via Ace Gamez) is legit. 
 
Some artwork has been released on top of these details. Highlight? In one of the images there's a rather colorful scene of a couple of dudes getting stabbed by arrows. 

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"Developing Shogun 2: Total War gives us the opportunity to use recent technology to portray one of history's most exciting civil wars," Creative Assembly creative director Mike Simpson said in a statement. "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 is slated for a PC release in 2011.
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Posted by BradNicholson

After 10 years of cranking out Total War games, Creative Assembly is still down with making another Total War game. In fact, Sega has announced that the studio is currently crafting a sequel to its original Total War game, creatively titled Shogun 2: Total War. Like its predecessor, you'll be tasked with re-uniting a splintered feudal Japan. But in order to do this you'll need to use pansy crap like diplomacy and economics along with the manly sport of warfare. The end goal, of course, is to become the shogun.

The press release notes that Shogun 2 will feature a new AI system inspired by Sun Tzu's Art of War, a book that already happened to be on my top ten list of "Things AI Should Be Designed After."  Considering that the game is a sequel, you shouldn't be too surprised to see improved visuals, as well as better land and sea battle elements (including, for the first time, coastal warfare).
 

     
Shogun 2 will also purportedly sport an eight-player competitive multiplayer component on top of separate competitive and cooperative modes inside its campaign multiplayer mode. Expect character progression frills, too, if a leaked fact sheet (via Ace Gamez) is legit. 
 
Some artwork has been released on top of these details. Highlight? In one of the images there's a rather colorful scene of a couple of dudes getting stabbed by arrows. 

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"Developing Shogun 2: Total War gives us the opportunity to use recent technology to portray one of history's most exciting civil wars," Creative Assembly creative director Mike Simpson said in a statement. "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 is slated for a PC release in 2011.
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Edited by gosukiller

fierstr
 
Edit: There you go, stupid quest. Take a 'fierstr'.

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Posted by Bakumatsu

oh man...

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Posted by jkz

Oh my god, yes. Thank you. This was the best option for the total war series, second only to a Rome re-make (only in my opinion, because I love the Romans and that time-period in Europe)

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Posted by fwylo
@gosukiller: Don't you only get the quest from video's?
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Posted by Daveyo520

I'm looking foreword to it greatly. I love this series and the 1st one was cool.

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Posted by rohanspear345

WOOOOO i played the first one as a kid and grew up with total war. i skipped napoleon tho cuz it seemed to much like empire to be a new game i will get this hopefully my computer wont melt 

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Edited by gosukiller
@fwylo said:

" @gosukiller: Don't you only get the quest from video's? "

Nope, you get it from these as well. Gave me the questreward and everything
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Posted by Carlos1408

Awesome!

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Posted by kishan6

YAYAYAYAYAYA!

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Posted by D0tti

Man I hope the map style and all that is similar to the first, really loved that game, even more than the new Total War games.

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Posted by xxizzypop

This makes me extremely happy. I just installed the first one on my computer again to play around with and was thinking 'Man, why haven't we seen a sequel to this?'

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Posted by skjeggen

Fuck yeah!! The first one was freaking awesome.
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Posted by Kefkaesque

Hopefully the small scale will result in a highly polished final product.
 
Also, I really like the style on display. Really looking forward to it.

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Posted by HeavyDuty32

FINALLY!

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Posted by EvolutionX0
Nice! Shogun Total War was one of my favourite games back when I was playing on the PC.
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Posted by ToxicFruit

yes ! , I spend so much time with the original Total war  
 
approve 100% 

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Edited by cortez95

this is some great news..i enjoyed the total war series man ^^ Sega's best game in this genre and one of the best newer Sega games
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Posted by Hourai

Good news, but it's too bad my PC won't be able to run it without dying. It was bad enough with Empire Total War. 

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Edited by kwyee

Excellent! Loved the setting of the first one.
I was wondering if CA was gonna go into more modern conflicts, b/c the line-combat that Total War is renowned for simulating kinda goes out of vogue around 1918.

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Posted by DannyJ

Woooo! this is the best news ive heard all day

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Posted by HombreGato

 Ah.. HAHAHAhahaaaafinally!!!!!
 
Shogun was the best of the series and is in my Top10

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Posted by TheVelourFog

Squeeee!

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Posted by deadly_polo

I need a new PC, seriously it occasionally finds GTA:SA hard to run

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Posted by Milkman

I really like the Total War series but I've never played Shogun. Yeah, I know. I'm horrible. Excited about this nonetheless.

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Posted by Meteora

Certainly wasn't expecting them to go back to fedual Japan. Good call I suppose.

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Posted by Contra

Hell yes.
 
Though they were running out of theaters of war without going over the same ground over and over.

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Posted by GozerTC

Nice.  Shogun and the Mongol Invasion were the only Total wars I ever finished. (Though I did like Rome) I look forward to a sequel, though if it's not on the Mac (and I won't hold my breath) I'll probably wait longer to get it.   
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Posted by PureRok

Been waiting for this for a long time. This will be glorious.

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Posted by DeadMonkeys

Anyone else misread it as Shotgun 2? I was wondering how I missed Shotgun 1.

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Posted by RJ

YES!!!!!!

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Posted by Joeybagad0nutz

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I want another Rome Total War!!!!!!!!!!!
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Posted by z0m

A Rome 2 would have been better, but heck! I'll take it!

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Posted by wizall

Fuck.Yes.

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Posted by nyxywyxy

I am extremely happy about this. I used to play Shogun: TW all the time. I wonder if it'll run on my computer, this might put me over the threshold of buying a new motherboard, etc.

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Edited by MeatSim

Good setting, glad they went back instead of doing a wolrd war 2 or a modern warfare Total War game.

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Posted by lordofultima

SHOGUN 2, YES

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Posted by theMuse

Awesome. I think any fan of the Total War series has been waiting for Shogun 2. Shogun is still definitely my favorite Total War.

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Posted by myghart

A Tom Cruise joke? Nah, Tom Cruise *is* a joke.

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Posted by Beomoose

Really Really looking forward to this. Didn't get into TW until Rome, but been a huge fan ever since. Concentrating on better AI? Hell yes!

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Posted by ShoddyGo

Oh hells yeah.
I can never get enough of total war.

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Posted by Subach

I would be more excited for a second Rome, honestly, but Samurai are pretty awesome, and there's not a lot of quality Feudal Japan wargames for the computer.
Looking forward to the enhanced AI, that was the one thing that Rome could have used, and from what I understand, it hasn't really gotten as better as it should in the following entries.

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Posted by Alcamin

I thought as much. It's been a long time coming, and was the obvious next step in the series. I can't say I'm hugely interested in it, from a historical perspective, but as a Total War fan I'll definitely be keeping an eye on it. Actually, it will be really interesting to look back at the series as a whole when this is released and reflect on TW's impact on the genre. I predict good things. :)
 
Thanks for the info, and good luck CA! Keep up the great work!

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Posted by FlyWelshGuy

Holy crap! Still play the 1st game and love it!
 
Really can't wait for this, the first game was my favourite of the series. (I've got most of them bar Rome)

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Posted by Jertje

Incredible news!

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Posted by crazymexicancarpi

Well. Looks like I got fapping material for the night.

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Posted by Blood_for_the_blood_God

armor mustaches should be a concept page

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Posted by giyanks22

Yeah this was definitely the best total war game. 

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Posted by c1337us

Hopefully this game won't murder my lap top because I would like to play it.

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Posted by Phantom_Crash

I have never played the Shogun TW. What can I expect from this one, guys?