The title/description is missing the "h" in Pharoah. I checked to make sure that wasn't correct in British English either, and it looks like the "h" has been present since 1611 with the publishing of the King James Bible. Although that means you would be correct in Elizabethan times... are you a medievalist by chance?
But this is exciting! And pretty soon all things considered. I'm all about history over fantasy, so I've been disappointed with the general direction Total War has taken over the last 8 years or so - Three Kingdoms but also three Warhammers. I've really been hoping for a Medieval III
, but this also looks pretty exciting and is new historical ground in an era that should play to Total War's
strengths in hand-to-hand combat and chariotry (I could never get into Napoleon
as much with its gunpowder).
The trailer doesn't really say anything about the game, but the FAQ does. Eight playable
factions from three cultures
- so it looks like the Egyptians, Hittites, and Canaanites are
the playable faction. Though they already indicate there will be three faction DLCs, and a campaign one, which isn't surprising as Rome II
followed a similar pattern. I see Kush as roughly the southern area of the preview of the printed map, which makes sense.
And it says it'll take place at the time of the Bronze Age Collapse. Certainly an interesting choice. Will we see Sea Peoples? I would expect so.
Still limited to two-player co-op, which is a bummer, I could sell copies to friends a lot more easily if multiplayer supported even one or two more factions. I guess we'll have to keep playing Civilization
when we have larger groups.
Also interesting that Arabic isn't among the fairly extensive list of languages they plan to support. I would have thought the Arabic market, including Egypt, would be an obvious area to try to expand their audience given the theme.