Creative Assembly has announced Thrones of Britannia, its first ever Total War Saga title. Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia is the same grand campaign strategy we’ve come to know and love from the Total War series, but focused in on key periods and areas in history. To that end, Total War Sagas won’t introduce new eras, but they will offer new settings, factions and mechanics. They’re a lot bigger than the usual campaign DLC then, but not quite as epic as the new mainline releases.

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

Thrones of Britannia kicks off in 878 AD, just after the invasion of the Great Heathen Army, and runs through to around 1066. That puts it bang in medieval territory then, which means knights in armour taking maces to the face. Glorious stuff. There will be ten new playable factions and a highly detailed map of the British Isles to conquer with more regional distinctions.

“You can also enjoy new, unique faction and culture mechanics with deep narratives and character development, and we’ve worked hard to introduce all sorts of tweaks to various campaign systems to enable the player to make more powerful and impactful choices,” explains Creative Assembly.

Total War Sagas: Thrones of Britannia is going to be out at some point in 2018. It’s a totally standalone game so despite being based largely on Total War: Attila, you only need to purchase Thrones of Britannia as a one-off. Pricing has yet to be announced, although we expect it's going to be slightly, but not much, cheaper than a brand new mainline Total War game.

Because of the Total War: Attila connection we're going to guess the system requirements for TW: Thrones of Britannia are going to remain much the same as well.

Does the smaller focus of Thrones of Britannia appeal to you? Or are you (im)patiently waiting for a brand new historical era?