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Creative: It's "absolutely important" to take history and "ham it up!"
Posted: 04.10.2010 11:13 by Simon Priest Comments: 10
Developer Creative Assembly is deep in production with Shogun 2: Total War and the studio admit it's essential to 'ham up' history to find the fun in it.

A contest between fun and history? "...fun will win," declares Total War's Mike Simpson. Shogun 2 ditches the world scope for Japan, and drama.

"Oh yes; it's absolutely important to ham it up!" said Creative's Mike Simpson, creator of Total War. "It's supposed to be fun. I mean, it is fun. If there's ever a contest between something that's fun and something that's historical, fun will win."

The first ever Total War game was all about the Japanese Shogunate so with Shogun 2 it's a 'return home' for the long-time PC strategy series. "Going back is like going back to an old friend. It's probably our - it's certainly my favourite period," he said.

"It's the coolest of all of them. It has the most interesting units, it has the coolest content. The whole of that era and setting is more alien than most of the other periods." Could the Total War name be propelled back even further into mankind's past?

"Cavemen: Total War? Well that would be slightly restricted," pondered Simpson. "Oh we could have dinosaurs? Hmm. That would be slightly inaccurate." It's here he remembers his own mantra "It would be fun though, yes, you're right." A dino dynasty!

Shogun 2: Total War releases exclusively on PC next year.

Source: Eurogamer

Comments

By Knave (SI Core) on Oct 04, 2010
Knave
I know there are some really cool LoTR and Warhammer mods for Total War Medieval 2, but I'd be interested to see what the Creative Assembly people could make if they went with a fantasy setting.
By eloqui (SI Core Member) on Oct 04, 2010
eloqui
agreed...anyone remember Myth? (1 or 2, but not 3)
By Eversor (SI Elite) on Oct 05, 2010
Eversor
They just keep getting better and better with the Total War series. But I have to say that my favorites are RTW and MTW:II.
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Oct 05, 2010
herodotus
Why is CA totally ignoring the middle era of China where hundreds of thousands died in pitched battles between the three kingdoms? Talk about brilliant content for a strategy game.
I don't mind going to a smaller map for gameplay though I'm just not that enamored with the subject matter.
As for hamming up history...burning "HMS Victory" on the beach was the 'hammiest' moment for me in "NTW".
By Eversor (SI Elite) on Oct 06, 2010
Eversor
That's an inspiration Hero. The era where the chinese fought each other would be a great setting for TW.
By Ridgy (SI Core Member) on Oct 06, 2010
Ridgy
Never played NTW, lol @ the burning of HMS victory :P
By Eversor (SI Elite) on Oct 06, 2010
Eversor
@ Ridgy. The closest I got ot playing NTW was the ETW demo.
By Mercy (SI Core) on Oct 07, 2010
Mercy
Well I now what I getting for someones B day.
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Oct 07, 2010
herodotus
NTW is a difficult game, even on Easy setiing. The historical battles can be a real challenge and the Mini-Campaigns are time-limited and laced with insurgencies by local militia. Overall a much more refined game than ETW. I can see this will carry over even further into S2TW, but I will need a beefier GPU to run it (NTW taxes my rig as it is).
By Eversor (SI Elite) on Oct 09, 2010
Eversor
@ Hero. I couldn't hardly play the demo of ETW on my Rig. So if I get S2TW I will have to have to get a totally new and way more powerfull computer. Surely the new Crysis won't be too demanding.