Sega announces Total War spin-off Thrones of Britannia

“Our aim with Total War Sagas is to explore key flashpoints at distinct places and times in history”

Total War’s new spin-off series now has a name.

It will go by the moniker ‘A Total War Saga’, and we already have confirmation of the first entry – Thrones of Britannia. The hook for the series is that it will focus on pivotal historic moments rather than more broadly looking at wider periods in history.

“The year is 878 AD, the embattled English king Alfred the Great has mounted a heroic defence at the battle of Edington, and blunted the Viking invasion. Chastened – but not yet broken – the Norse warlords have settled across Britain. For the first time in nearly 80 years, the land is in a fragile state of peace,” the game’s Steam description reads.

“Throughout this sceptred isle, the kings of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales sense a time of change approaching; a time of opportunity. There will be treaties. There will be war. There will be turns of fortune that become the stuff of legend, in a saga that charts the ascent of one of history’s greatest nations.

“Kings will rise. One will rule.”

The game currently has a vague 2018 release date and in confirmed only for PC.

“Our aim with Total War Sagas is to explore key flashpoints at distinct places and times in history,” series director Mike Simpson said. “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.”

Here's the animated teaser trailer: