Shogun 2 dev diaries talk about series’ past

Monday, 28th February 2011 06:39 GMT By Johnny Cullen

Sega’s released two new diaries for Total War: Shogun 2, as it preps for launch in two weeks.

The two videos sees The Creative Assembly talk about the series as a whole, which is at eight releases with Shogun 2. The first in the series was the original Shogun back in 2000.

Get the two videos below, via BigDownload.

Shogun 2 takes place in Feudal Japan during the 16th Century, where the country has now broken into “many warring clans”, having once been a unified government.

Game releases on March 15 wordlwide for PC. A demo is out now on Steam.



  1. Grimrita

    Although I did enjoy Empire and Napoleon despite all its flaws, since Sega have bought the studio, the final product of late has been wanting. The price you pay for announcing a release date early in the cycle and racing to the finish line – unfinished!

    Throw in a few bits of empty DLC and leave to fester for 8 months, release patch and then announce the next series.

    Such a shame because these used to be such amazing games, with superb expansions but now have turned into a Tesco Value product at branded product prices.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. DSB

    Recently picked up Empires for about the fourth time, and it’s simply amazing how poorly supported that game is. It’s still got the same bugs, the same horrible AI, that just keeps grinding its infantry into your defensive lines, and the worst part of it is that it would be a good game about an important war, if it wasn’t so sloppy and crippled.

    I think it’s sad to see Creative Assembly actually withdraw back into swordfighting, instead of simply doing a better job where they were. We’ve had no less than 4 games with swords and axes, it’s been done.

    One thing that could probably have saved the whole series is modding capabilities. I guess that would prevent Sega from selling pointless units for a couple of euros, but I’m fairly sure it would earn them a lot more customers.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Big_Boss

    @2 Actually it’s a good thing they’re going back to hand-to-hand combat. There really isn’t all that much you can do with 17-18th century era, certainly a competent AI would have made the game much better. I’ve been playing total war games since Rome, and I’m very happy that they decided to go back to Shogun, next game will hopefully be Rome or a new era but still no gun based battles. Btw, are you saying there are no mods for empire or that they aren’t supported? Though, in any case you should know that Total War games have on of the largest modding communities. In fact, one could argue that mods made Total war what it is today. It’s too bad Creative Assembly hasn’t supported them much since Empire. Rome was easy to mod, Empire was not mod friendly at all. Fortunately, it wasn’t too long that the community found a way to get mods on the game and there are some very impressive ones out there.

    #3 4 years ago

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