The first Total War Saga is Thrones of Britannia, set in Britain after the 878 AD Viking Invasion

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Creative Assembly have announced the first Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia. It will be set in the British Isles in the year 878 AD, after the first wave of the Viking invasion, and is due for release some time in the year 2018 AD.

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In 878, the Vikings have established themselves on the British mainland, but the native kings have not yet been subjugated - and certainly not Alfred of Wessex. It's a safe assumption that Alfred - one of only two English monarchs to be styled 'the Great' - will be the focus of one of the campaigns, but he was just one of many leaders vying for dominance at this turbulent time in British history. The diplomatic, political, and military possibilities should excite any strategy fan.

And that's the point of Total War Sagas. First announced in July, these are a spin-off series with a more zoomed-in focus on “flashpoint” moments in history. That means Thrones of Britannia is not the next main sequence historical Total War game - that's coming further in the future.

Some of the occupants of the Thrones of Britannia

“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,” says series director Mike Simpson. “This will complement our broader-scope titles perfectly.”

Creative Assembly claim that Thrones of Britannia will have “the most detailed Total War campaign map ever made.” You can wishlist the game at its Steam page now, and it's due for release some time next year.

Also: just saying, not to brag, no big deal or anything, but we totally called this in our video on Total War Sagas we’d like to see. For more predictions of future games from the team with a 100% success rate so far, see below.

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In other Total War news, Rome II is getting a new campaign expansion focusing on the Roman Empire's disintegration. Play that and then Attila, and you'll have a nice lead-in to Thrones of Britannia.

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