Friday Sep 28, 2012
Total War’s weekend invasion of Steam continues! In addition to the Total War Master Collection on sale for 75% off, we have additional Team Fortress 2 and Spiral Knights items to highlight … and some awesome news for fans of Total War mods!
Total War: Shogun 2 on Steam Workshop
One of the lasting features most-loved by our Total War community has always been the ability to mod the game and create scenarios, tweak historical accuracy, and create wholly alternate ways to play. Now, the ability to share and manage mods for Shogun 2 is available on Steam’s Workshop!
The Steam Workshop is a recently introduced feature allowing Steam community members to upload and organize mods for a wide variety of games — Total War’s long history of community support made it a natural addition and we are proud to have it there!
Daily Deals: Empire & Napoleon 75% Off
Empire was a technological leap forward for a series that has always combined deep tactical gameplay with breathtaking technical depth, particularly on the real-time strategy battlefields. Napoleon helped refine these ideas and allows the player to put themselves into the Napoleonic Wars that tore Europe apart in the 19th century.
Keep checking back through the weekend, there’s more Daily Deals on the way.
Featured Spiral Knights Accessory: Tricorne Hat
Whenever you buy any of the Total War games featured on Steam, you’ll get a corresponding accessory item for Spiral Knights. Today’s featured item — buy either Empire: Total War or Napoleon: Total War and get the ever so dashing tricorne hat!
This hat might as well be made of Blue Velvet because it is seriously suave. According to Wikipedia, the tricorne hat fell from its peak popularity around the year 1800, but that is bogus, because at no time is this thing not dashing. Just look at it!
Featured Team Fortress 2 Items: Distinguished Ascot / Sniper Shako
Speaking of suave and distinguished, if you are one of the high society types of 18th or 19th century empire-making nations, why not also accentuate your favorite wild and crazy class-based shooter with a little haute couture neck warmer? Keep your physician in fashion and you spy supplied — in the latest style, so long as that style is this fancy neckwear. That is to say: if you buy (or happen to already own on Steam) Empire: Total War, you will receive the “Distinguished Ascot” or “Foppish Physician” accessory, usable for both the Spy and Medic classes.
Those who purchase (or already own) Napoleon: Total War, meanwhile, will arm their snipers with a jaunty stovepipe shako. If you like to put stylish things on your head and then shoot people who never even see you, this is absolutely an accessory you might want to consider acquiring.
Click here to see the items featured yesterday — they are available all weekend! Tune in each day until October 1st for additional deals.
Once again: Special thanks to Steam community members [WDZ] The Ronin,BANG!, and Svdl for making this possible with their awesome collaborative work designing these Team Fortress 2 items and helping with the promotional artwork.
Monday Apr 11, 2011
SEGA Europe Ltd. and SEGA of America, Inc. today announced that the powerful in-game soundtrack for the critically acclaimed Total War title, Total War: SHOGUN 2 is now available in full on iTunes. Grab the links to download at the bottom of this blog!
Creative Assembly’s Composer & Audio Director Jeff Van Dyke, creator of previous BAFTA award winning soundtracks for the series said of the Total War: SHOGUN 2 soundtrack:
“Creating the Total War: SHOGUN 2 soundtrack was an amazing experience. The feel of the era, alongside working with talented musicians like Taikoz who performed the Japanese Taiko drums, and learning the subtleties of traditional Japanese instruments was truly inspiring.”
In addition to Total War: SHOGUN 2’s Japanese themed tracks, the classically inspired, soaring pieces of Napoleon: Total War are also available now. Having been nominated for a prestigious Ivor Novello award the Napoleon: Total War soundtrack is another truly stirring collection.
So whether you use your music to practice a little kendo, or sail the world’s oceans in an 18th century galleon pursuing global dominance, these are the soundtracks you’ll need.
Total War: SHOGUN 2 pushes forward the hugely successful Total War series by perfecting the features from previous games such as full 3D land and naval battles and a detailed campaign map, whilst adding an exciting new multiplayer experience. Total War: SHOGUN 2 was released in March 2011.
Tuesday Dec 21, 2010
Get your votes in now for the 1UP Reader’s Choice Awards! SEGA games are nominated in several categories, including Best 360 Game and Best PS3 game. Show some love for favorites like Bayonetta, Vanquish, Sonic 4 Episode 1 and Napoleon: Total War by voting now!
Spread the word… vote SEGA!
Wednesday Jun 23, 2010
SAN FRANCISCO (23rd June, 2010) – SEGA® of America, Inc. today announced that Napoleon: Total War – The Peninsular Campaign is now available for PC exclusively via Steam™. This expansion pack includes a brand new campaign map featuring 32 controllable regions divided amongst four different factions of which three are playable. In addition to France and Britain, Spain is also added as a playable faction exclusively on this campaign map.
Napoleon: Total War – The Peninsular Campaign is available for US $9.99. For a full list of features on The Peninsular Campaign, please visit www.totalwar.com.
It is 1811 and the war in the Spanish Peninsula has been raging for over two years with mixed fortunes and heavy casualties for both sides. Napoleon’s Armée d’Espagne, led by Marshal Masséna, has invaded Portugal once again, but thus far, the network of entrenchments has proved impossible for the French to successfully assail. Although forced back to the edges of their Peninsula by France and the traitors who helped them, Spain is not yet out of the fight. The Supreme Central Junta and its successor, the Supreme Regency, authorized the forming of local bands to fight guerrilla – the “little war” – against the invaders.
Head to Steam and pick up the Peninsular Campaign today!
Wednesday Jun 23, 2010
Do you love Napoleon: Total War? Can you command the battlefield like no other or write a story that rivals the historical battles Napoleon is known for? If you have what it takes, you can enter to win some Napoleon Total War prizes and compete alongside the Napoleon community for swag and notoriety! With the help of the Total War community, we have a wide range of competitions available including in game tournaments, screenshot competitions, lotteries, or an After Action Report competition.
For prizing, we have some very special swag in the form of T-Shirts, Sweatshirts, and the very limited edition Napoleon Figurine from the Australian Special Edition. I’m a big fan of the sweatshirt, which sports a handy pocket at the middle for an MP3 Player and the classic Napoleon Total War logo across the top. I wear it every day, it’s a nice quality bit of swag and something we’re really looking forward to passing out to the fans of Napoleon.
TWCenter.net is lining up a few different competitions and the first out of the gate is an online tournament! It’s easy to compete, just head on over to the board and register. There are a few key rules, including:
1. All players must register in the proper thread, one for the American tournament and one for the European tournament. You must include your Steam user name when you register.
More information is available at TWCenter.net – be on the lookout for more opportunities to win these prizes with different competitions!
The largest Steam Napoleon Fan Group is running a bunch of different competitions over on the Official Total War forums, including a Video Contest, After Action Report contest, and a Video Contest. You’ll have to enter quick to get in on the action, as you have 7 days to produce and submit your materials. Head on over and read about the contest specifics and see what best suits your style!
Tuesday May 25, 2010
The Peninsular Campaign Downloadable Content is a new and independent campaign for Napoleon: Total War based on the conflict in the Spanish Peninsula between 1811 and 1814. It was during this era that the Spanish resistance gave their style of fighting its name: Guerrilla, or the “little war”.
It is 1811 and the war in the Spanish Peninsula has been raging for over two years, with mixed fortunes and heavy casualties for both sides. Following the withdrawal from the Madrid area of the combined armies of Great Britain, Portugal and Spain after the Battle of Talavera in July 1809, Viscount Wellington retreated into Portugal and consolidated his forces. Now Napoleon´s Armée d’Espagne, has invaded Portugal once again but thus far the network of entrenchments has proved impossible for the French to successfully assail. Wellington has planned a fresh offensive to drive the invaders out of Portugal and eventually out of the Peninsula altogether. Although forced back to the edges of their Peninsula by France and the traitors who helped them, Spain is not yet out of the fight. The Supreme Central Junta and its successor the Supreme Regency authorised the forming of local bands to fight guerrilla – the “little war” – against the invaders.
Choose one of the three nations involved – France, Great Britain or Spain – and experience one the most intense conflict of the Napoleonic era.
A new and independent Iberian Peninsula campaign map featuring 32 controllable regions.
Three playable nations: the brand new Spanish nation and the existing but revamped France and Great Britain, each with its own unique set of Objectives and Missions.
Play the campaign from three different perspectives, each with a unique feel:
5 new Guerrilla unit types, recruitable by all nations, adept at battlefield stealth and with the added ability to deploy outside of their faction’s deployment zones: Tiradores (Skirmisher Infantry), Cazadores, Lanceros (Lancer Cavalry), Husares (Light Cavalry), Leader (General).
28 new units in total, spread across the three playable nations including the British 95th Rifles, the French Vistula Uhlans and the Spanish Coraceros Espanoles.
Two new agents to enforce political conversion:
Political Alignment system which sees the French battle to increase pro-French sentiment throughout the peninsula.
More information on the Peninsular Campaign is available on the Napoleon: Total War website.
Wednesday May 05, 2010
SEGA today announced the second downloadable content available for Napoleon: Total War will be available via Steam today. The Coalition Battle Pack will bring six new units to bolster the ranks of the Coalition armies, whilst adding a new spectacular battle, The Battle of Friedland to the Historical Battle section of Napoleon: Total War. Napoleon: Total War builds on the successful Total War series by including all the features from previous games such as full 3D land and naval battles, a detailed campaign map, and an in depth diplomacy system. Napoleon: Total War takes Total War a step further by adding features such as a multiplayer campaign mode, a narrative structure and drop-in battles.
The Coalition Battle Pack includes:
Lifeguard Hussars are members of Russia’s Imperial Guard cavalry, and all are elite servicemen. Dressed in impressive uniforms and riding the fastest of horses, they enjoy a high status in the Russian army, and are supremely sure of their abilities, sometimes to the point of arrogance. They have excellent morale and speed, making them exceptional when charging, and ideal for chasing down skirmishers or attacking artillery units. However, they sacrifice some strength for speed and are vulnerable if pitted against heavier cavalry in melee or infantry units in square.
Czar Paul I (1754-1801) formed his own personal guard cavalry in the Lifeguard Hussars, Chevalier-Garde, Horse Guards and Lifeguard Cossacks when he was crowned. These new bodyguards replaced the existing guard cavalry created by his mother, Catherine the Great (1729 -1796). Disgusted by what he saw as the decadence and corruption of the old nobility, Paul I devoted his reign to renewing the medieval notion of chivalry through a reorganisation of the Russian hierarchy. Unfortunately, Paul I’s long-held fear of assassination was justified: he was soon murdered by disgruntled members of the nobility.
The Coldstream Guards are expensive to maintain, but for good reason: they are superb troops who can reload quickly, charge home with the bayonet and then give a good account of themselves in melee. Their overall competence and excellent morale inspire nearby troops to fight all the harder. However, in common with ordinary line regiments, the Coldsteamers are vulnerable to artillery bombardment and skirmishers’ sniping.
At the Battle of Waterloo in 1815, the Coldstream Guards defended Hougoumont. The farm was important for Wellington’s Anglo-Dutch army as it protected his right flank. Despite assault after assault, the Guards and their comrades managed to hold the place against the French. The Coldstream Guards are still in service today and continue to celebrate their victory with the ceremony of “Hanging the Brick”. A large stone from Hougoumont is marched through their barracks by the officers while the junior ranks attempt to steal it. Naturally, these utterly solemn proceedings involve wearing fancy dress and quite a lot of drinking!
Archduke Charles’ Legion
As part of the Archduke’s military reforms, these troops are trained in the latest military style in a bid to copy the success of Napoleon’s Grande Armée. This training improves accuracy, reloading and close combat skills. There is also a morale effect: the men are filled with a renewed confidence that makes them unlikely to rout. However, as with most line infantry, they have little defence against units such as artillery or skirmishing snipers and will be at a disadvantage against elite infantry.
In 1806, Austria was still reeling from her defeat by France at Austerlitz. Austrian conservatism and tradition had resulted in an outdated and outmatched army, and its defeat by the French forced them to accept the harsh terms of the Treaty of Pressburg. Archduke Charles, a highly respected field-marshal, recognised that the Austrian army needed modernising and introduced a number of military reforms. These improvements were tested during the Peninsular War period when the Austrians formed the Fifth Coalition against France. It was during this coalition that the Legion took part in the Battle of Aspern-Essling, Napoleon’s first defeat in over ten years.
The men of Luetzow’s Freikorps have immense pride in their regiment and as a consequence exhibit excellent morale. These fast, light cavalry are an effective fighting force whether charging home or fighting in close quarters. Their flexibility in battle makes them ideal for use against artillery and skirmishers, but will be of little utility against heavier cavalry in melee. As with any cavalry unit their biggest threat is infantry in square formation.
A certain amount of romance is attached to Luetzow’s Freikorps. Following a crushing defeat on 17th July 1813, the Freikorps began recruiting in earnest; during this time a large number of intellectuals, artists and poets were drawn to Luetzow’s regiment. This was thanks in part to his reputation for personal bravery and the regiment’s reputation for derring-do. This reputation that was upheld by one of the Corps most famous members, Eleonore Prochaska: she disguised herself as a man and fought alongside her fellow soldiers until she finally met her end at the Battle of Goehrde. It was only as Prochaska lay wounded, still beating time on a stolen French drum, that she admitted her deception to her lieutenant. She was removed from the field and lived for three weeks before succumbing to her wounds.
The steadiness displayed by the men of the Semenovski Lifeguard is amazing, and on the battlefield they inspire nearby troops to hold fast by their example. These men are incredibly disciplined, and they are excellent marksmen with fast reloading times, though their close formations leave them vulnerable to artillery fire and skirmishers. Being an elite unit, the regiment is expensive to recruit, but the men’s abilities more than justify the extra cost.
The Russian Lifeguards were famed for their fine appearance. They were hand-picked for looks and stature, and even had jackets padded around the chest and shoulders to enhance their impressive physiques. Lady Burghersh (wife of the Military Commissioner at the Allies’ Headquarters and a prolific letter writer) believed them to be “the handsomest of the empire… all gigantic; they are composed of the tallest men in Russia.” Even von Schubert was forced to concede that these men were “the focal point of the balls and every other kind of society.” However, their immaculate good looks did not imply equally good manners and, at a banquet held in their honour, Napoleon’s own guards were appalled to see the Russians tearing meat with their hands, draining glasses of wine in one gulp, and even vomiting to make room for more gluttony and drinking!
The Coalition Battle Pack is now available across Steam
Friday Apr 02, 2010
Our good friends at Intel are doing a promotion that could end with you and a Core i7 Extreme processor. For those who don’t follow the tech side of things, that’s a pretty fancy bit of hardware and something that will surely up your game on Napoleon Total War, which we’re also passing along to sweeten the deal.
How to win this fabulous prize? The contest is a twitter based contest, so you’ll need to have a client and login to get started. From there, it’s simple: Follow @Intel on Twitter – and RT @Intel with the hashtag #corei7extreme for a chance to win. Winners will be DM’d from the @Intel account. That’s it… now go RT #corei7extreme
See full contest rules for details: http://bit.ly/dkzKXP – US & CAN only.
Friday Mar 26, 2010
We are proud to unveil that the first downloadable content available for Napoleon: Total War will be free of charge. Entitled the Imperial Guard pack, this DLC will bring 6 new units to bolster the ranks of the French and British armies, giving players the chance to play as Britain in an alternative version of the Battle of Waterloo. For more information on the Imperial Guard Pack, please visit www.totalwar.com
The Imperial Guard Pack is available now, head on over to Steam to pick it up free of charge!
Thursday Feb 25, 2010
Intel has a great article up about Napoleon: Total War, including some behind-the-scenes interviews with the Creative Assembly team, and the Intel tools that were used to create the game. I’ve excerpted the article below, and you can read the rest on Intel’s site.
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