Sega has revealed that the first installment in Creative Assembly’s new Total War Saga brand, Thrones of Britannia will release for PC on April 18, 2018. This standalone return to the British Isles is set in a tumultuous and uncertain time period where Gaelic, Anglo-Saxon, and Viking factions are fighting for control.

Based on the potential success of this game, Sega and Creative Assembly have plans in making the Total War Saga a spin-off series that hones in on major conflicts spanning a couple hundred years, rather than the longer wars that the franchise is known for. Although no price point has been set, Sega and Creative Assembly said that it will be lower than the standard $60/£40 price point, reflective of the smaller, yet substantial content the Total War Saga games are designed to offer. That said, Thrones of Britannia will still be as feature-rich as any other Total War game, employing the franchise’s familiar gameplay mechanics like Faction Politics, War Fervour, and Diplomacy.

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A Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia will be available as a digital download. For those who prefer a boxed product, there will also be a limited edition physical version available in some territories from selected retailers. It comes in an embossed steelbook inspired by ornately decorated Anglo Saxon helmets of the period. Along with the game discs, the limited edition will include a double-sided poster showing the campaign map and collectable art cards featuring five of the most prominent in-game faction leaders.

Developer Creative Assembly is primed for a busy 2018 as it makes a return to historical warfare after two Warhammer spin-offs in 2016 and 2017. The last Total War game based on history was Total War: Attila in 2015, which was set at the beginning of the Dark Ages. Creative Assembly is also due to release Total War: Three Kingdoms later this fall, which marks the series’ debut in Ancient China.

Sega has also shared the game’s system requirements:

MINIMUM:

  • OS: Windows 7 64Bit
  • Processor: Intel® Core™ 2 Duo 3.0Ghz
  • Memory: 5 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 460 1GB | AMD Radeon HD 5770 1GB | Intel HD4000 @720p
  • Storage: 60 GB available space

RECOMMENDED:

  • OS: Windows 7 / 8 (8.1)/ 10 64Bit
  • Processor: Intel® Core™ i5-4570 3.20GHz
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 4GB | AMD Radeon R9 290X 4GB @1080p
  • Storage: 60 GB available space