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Total War: Star Wars Looks To Be In The Works At Creative Assembly

Revenge of the RTS.

It sounds like at least one more new Star Wars game is on the horizon, and this time it’s set to be a tactical title full of large-scale battles as part of Creative Assembly’s legendary Total War franchise.

This comes from outlet DualShockers, which is reporting that it’s learned of the title along with two other new Total War games being in development at the studio. Creative Assembly has released a new entry in the series almost every year for the last decade or more, so even with three games in the pipeline (and a major update coming to last year’s Total War: Pharoah) it may not be long before we see this alleged new Star Wars-themed title.

Creative Assembly, which is owned by SEGA and also developed the excellent Alien: Isolation, was struck with the cancellation of its in-development multiplayer extraction shooter, HYENAS, late last year, with staff on the project either let go or moved onto other teams.

During a financial report panel a couple of months later, SEGA said that Creative Assembly’s focus would return to the RTS genre in which it thrives, with CEO Haruki Satomi saying, “Each studio has its own strengths and weaknesses, but the favorable winds of the early COVID-19 period, coupled with the strong performance of each title, led us to adopt a strategy of accelerating more, even in areas where those studios have not tried yet for further growth. However, some studios did well and some did not, so we have decided to focus again on the strengths of each studio.

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“To put it simply, Creative Assembly was good at offline games in the RTS genre, but they took on the challenge of developing Hyenas, an online game in the FPS genre. However, although the game itself was good, we decided to cancel the development of Hyenas because we did not think it would reach a quality that would satisfy our users when we considered whether we could really operate this as a competitive online game for a long period of time.”