Creative Assembly, the studio behind the Total War strategy series and survival horror game Alien Isolation, is working on a new project.
Following the release of Total War: Warhammer 3 earlier this year, the studio confirmed in a blog post (opens in new tab) which is developing an “action project that will establish a new franchise”. The post suggests that the as-yet-unnamed game will be played in third-person and built on Unreal Engine 5.
Creative Assembly was keen to temper expectations, saying it will be “a significant wait before more details are revealed”. While the game is being developed by Total War Saga: Troy maker, CA Sofia, the studio’s work on future Total War releases will not stop as a separate in-house team picks up this new title.
no stranger to action
While Creative Assembly is best known for its acclaimed Total War series of strategy games, it’s no stranger to action. The first games released in the late 1980s were platform games, and it has since released a fair share of action-oriented titles.
He launched the Spartan: Total Warrior spin-off in 2005, a hack-and-slash clone of God of War that casts him as a Spartan soldier. You are tasked with defending your homeland from a Roman invasion while invoking the powers of the ancient Greek gods. It was followed by Viking: Battle for Asgard in 2008, which followed a similar formula but was based on Norse mythology.
Creative Assembly turned more heads in 2014 with the release of Alien: Isolation. The survival horror game has won a lot of praise for its dense atmosphere and clever adaptation of the Alien movies. Earlier this year, the studio unveiled Hyenas, a sci-fi multiplayer FPS set to release in 2023. It launches as a fast-paced arena shooter built around zero-gravity battles.
All this is not to say that Creative Assembly is relinquishing its strategic roots by any means. The blog post suggests that the studio already has future Total War installments lined up. He also recently told Gaming that he plans to return to Total War: Medieval 3.
More tantalizingly, Creative Assembly appears to have an unannounced second game cooking in its oven. The blog post says the upcoming action title “will be alongside Total War, Hyenas, and another yet-to-be-announced studio project.” At this rate, Creative Assembly fans will have plenty of options.