Total War: Shogun 2 expansion announced with trailer

Sega has announced a standalone expansion for The Creative Assembly’s latest strategy game, Total War: Shogun 2. Titled Fall of the Samurai, it takes place 400 years after the events of the original game and explores the conflict between the Imperial throne and the last Shogunate in 19th century Japan.

As shown in the trailer above, the particularly interesting twist here is the introduction of bullet spewing modern weaponry going up against the traditional Samurai culture. Players will guide Japan into the modern age as the arrival of America, Britain and France sparks the Boshin War that will shape the future of the nation.

Several new features will be introduced to the game, including 39 new land units. A very interesting note on the game’s official page specifically mentions the Gatling gun and Armstrong gun, and how they are controllable from a first-person perspective. Does this mean we are getting a Total War with FPS elements?

Ten new naval units also make an appearance, with steam powered artillery platforms entering the fray. This opens up the new port siege battles, where attacking fleets must run a gauntlet of coastal defences to sail into the harbour and capture the port.

Railways are also introduced to the campaign map for the first time in the Total War series. They can be used to ferry your troops quickly across a vast rail network, but are also vulnerable to ambushes and sabotage.

Total War: Shogun 2 – Fall of the Samurai is due for release in March 2012 and will not require the original game to play.

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