A school gym in England, mid-'90s, and two local rugby players await orders. One is small and wide and called Adrian, and one is tall and weighs about 20 stone. He's Big Dave. Adrian has been getting flattened by Big Dave all day but he keeps getting back up. It's the rugby training in him: you bloody well get back up if you're knocked down. But this instinct is starting to annoy the people he's in the school gym for, the people making the sports game. They're trying to motion-capture for a rugby game and would rather Adrian lay still. They should be careful what they wish for.
Rome: Total War, the whole thing, has been released on iPad. Can you believe it? Seems like only yesterday I was studiously sat at my computer conquering Europe and defying the Pope, and now you can do it on an iPad. What's that? It was 12 years ago? Right I see. That's... cheered me up.
Rome: Total War, one of the best strategy games ever made, will be playable on a flipping iPad.
The outstanding Total War series has been around for 15 years, and to celebrate, you can play the games for free this weekend via Steam. Should be just enough time to conquer a continent.
Eurogamer has spoken to Creative Assembly studio director Mike Simpson about the future of Total War. What new historical settings are under discussion? Will there be more remakes? What about consoles? Those questions, and more, are answered in the article below.
Total War developer The Creative Assembly will appear at Rezzed: The PC and Indie Games Show to exclusively show the future of its strategy series.
Attendees at the Eurogamer event will get the first look at the developer's next project during a presentation celebrating the studio's 25th anniversary, scheduled to take place 6th July at 1pm UK time.
"This year, The Creative Assembly is celebrating a quarter of a century making games," said Total War lead designer James Russell. "I'll be at Rezzed giving a talk on the making of the Total War series, and showing a sneak peek of what we're doing next. Exciting times - see you there!"
Minecraft maker Markus "Notch" Persson is being courted by Creative Assembly for the next Total War game.
Game Domain International has announced the public beta launch of its new digital distribution platform, AWOMO, which allows you to play big PC games while they download data in the background.
According to CEO Roger Walkden, this allowed users to start playing games "up to 20 times faster than convention download services" in private testing.
For the public beta, users are invited to try Creative Assembly's Rome: Total War for free, by supplying a username and email address and installing a 1.8MB browser plug-in.
Steam is offering Rome: Total War Gold Edition free to anyone pre-ordering Empire: Total War.
Development studio Creative Assembly is hard at work on an add-on for its top-selling historical epic Rome: Total War, according to PC Zone magazine.