Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Creative Assembly

Alien: Isolation *beep … beep-beep* tracked for October release

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Over the weekend, Sega announced that Creative Assembly’s Alien: Isolation will be launching online and in stores on October 7. The survival-horror adventure title is taking a less action-oriented approach in comparison to its shooter predecessors, and will instead focus on the sense of paranoia and fear felt by the crew in the original film.

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CA details approach to Alien: Isolation in new developer video

A new behind-the-scenes trailer has been released from Total War creator Creative Assembly’s upcoming Alien: Isolation. The nearly three-and-a-half-minute video features several members of the development team discussing their plans to recreate the feelings of isolation and powerlessness that were so prevalent in the 1979 original film. One way the studio hopes to achieve this is by breaking from the trend of basing gameplay around scripted events and opting for a more reactive design.

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Total War: Rome II to get Hannibal at the Gates, free DLC this month

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Creative Assembly will be following up their Caesar in Gaul downloadable expansion for Total War: Rome II with a new add-on, Hannibal at the Gates. Scheduled to launch on March 27, the new pack will focus on the Second Punic War with a new 19-province campaign map, three new playable factions (Arevaci, Lusitani, and Syracuse), 12-turn years, and new diplomacy-centric civil tech trees for Carthage and Rome. Free DLC was also announced, but no details were given. Additionally, a tenth patch is currently in beta and should also be out soon.

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Creative Assembly releases beta Assembly Kit for Total War: Rome II

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Creative Assembly has released a beta version of their new Assembly Kit for Total War: Rome II. The suite of mod tools is a free download from Steam’s Tools section, and has been designed to allow for easier modification of Rome II’s databases as well as graphical assets—animations, models, textures—and initial campaign starting positions. The download comes packed with example data, including animation sets and soldiers, as well as the game’s entire database backend. Completed mods can then be uploaded to Steam’s Workshop, and are subsequently available for download from the game’s launcher. The release noted that there are already over a thousand mods.

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Call the ashigaru! Total War: Shogun 2 Gold Edition launches for PC

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The new Shogun collection, Total War: Shogun 2 Gold Edition, has hit store shelves. The set includes the original title, Shogun 2, as well as its two expansions, Rise of the Samurai and Fall of the Samurai. The various downloadable clan packs are not included.

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Total War: Rome II – Battle of Teutoburg Forest trailer released

Sega has released a new trailer for Total War: Rome II featuring the famous ambush of Teutoburg Forest, a lethal blow for Rome’s ambitions in Germania and one of the playable historical battles. The minute-long clip showcases the series’ new graphics engine, and the scenario will feature the new true line-of-sight system and deployable battlefield tech.

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Total War: Shogun 2 Gold Edition announced, coming in March

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Would-be Shoguns awaiting their time to strike will get their chance with the epoch-spanning Total War Shogun 2 Gold Edition. The collection will include Shogun 2 as well as both Rise of the Samurai and Fall of the Samurai. Missing are the many clan packs, which add new factions, agents, and soldiers, as well as the blood back. Europe and Australia, however, get all downloadable content to date, save for the blood pack.

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Two new behind-the-scenes videos released for Total War: Rome II

Creative Assembly has released two new behind-the-scenes videos for their upcoming strategy title Total War: Rome II. The first video, The Unmaking of Carthage, details the new tactical map as well as how naval battles will be combined with land combat. The second video is a more laid-back discussion about unit and city variety with lead unit designer Jack Lusted.

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Shogun 2 gets sizable optimization patch, Otomo Clan Pack DLC

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The legions of Rome might be on the march, but that doesn’t mean the Shogun gets a rest. Creative Assembly has launched two new downloads for Shogun 2 today, a one-gig-plus patch chock-full of fixes and tweaks as well as a new DLC drop, the Otomo Clan Pack.

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Viking: Battle for Asgard enhanced for PC, launches on Steam

Viking: Battle for Asgard (360, PC, PS3) PC Steam Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

Sega has announced that Hardlight Studios’ updated PC version of Viking: Battle for Asgard is now available on Steam. The Creative Assembly’s 2008 action title, originally released for 360 and PS3, pits players and their allies against the demonic forces of Hel, goddess of the dead and daughter of Loki. The PC version includes Steam integration, improved lighting and shadowing, ambient occlusion, anti-aliasing, gamepad support, and remappable keyboard-and-mouse controls.

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