It looks like Creative Assembly is heading back into the distant past for its next Total War Saga. A trademark published earlier this month suggests that the new game is heading to Troy.
Earlier today, Reddit user zhwxs posted a link to the game’s official subreddit (via PC Gamer), outlining the trademark, which was filed with the UK’s intellectual property office on July 23, before being officially published earlier this month. The trademark is classed under classes nine and 41, suggesting both digital and physical releases, and attached to Creative Assembly, but beyond that, there’s very little information to go on. Apart from a name – Total War Saga: Troy.
While the previous Total War Saga game, Thrones of Britannia, might have offered a little more ambiguity in terms of its exact setting, I can’t imagine that a game based around the famous city of Troy is going to take place at any other time than during the Trojan War. As a big classics buff, that’s very exciting
Given that this is set to be a Total War Saga, rather than a main series game, it won’t be set on the same kind of territory-wide domination that the mainline Total Wars are known for. That makes the Trojan War perfect fodder for this kind of game, but the semi-fantasy setting – the war is best documented by Homer’s Iliad, which features a whole lot of divine intervention – it’s a little different to much of what we’ve seen from CA before.
That said, the Iliad’s heroes are likely to be the perfect match given the success of Total War: Three Kingdoms. Swap ancient China’s Lu Bu for ancient Greece’s Achilles, and it’s easy to see how the new feature would fit onto a game about the impressive killing sprees of just a handful of Greek and Trojan warriors.
As mentioned above, official information is pretty sparse, and with no announcement from Creative Assembly, it could be a while before we find out anything concrete. That said, Gamescom is just around the corner, so we could be heading back in time sooner than we thought.