Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia Map Revealed11 Dec 2017 0
A new blog post by Creative Assembly has detailed the campaign map of Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia, and it's a doozy. Roughly 23 times larger than the pre-United Kingdom present in Attila, Britannia's map is "most detailed version of the British Isles featured in a Total War game". A map this big of such a small geographical area allows CA to use actual terrain height data as the basis for the height maps, both in battle and campaign modes.
As with previous entries, the title is staying loyal to the provinces and cultures that inhabit the map. The team reconstructed Old Norse names via available research, and used them to name all factions, sea regions, and provinces in the game.
The way provinces work has been slightly changed, and small settlements can no longer be transformed into whatever the player wants. Like in Shogun II, small towns' buildings are determined by what their region can support, and they have no garrisons to protect them -- adding another layer of tactical consideration for rulers who wish to protect them -- or drawn an army from the fortified walls of a capital.
In order to keep gameplay balanced, they broke large factions into small parts. The West Seaxe (Wessex), for example, had their nine provinces separated into Ealdorman (Anglo-Saxon equivalent of later Earls or Dukes) and Welsh domains that had been recently captured or allied to future-Wessex folks. This keeps starting positions consistent, while adding narrative possibilities as the game progresses.
Finally, we now know there are 10 playable factions in Thrones of Britannia, and all will be revealed as the release date approaches. For more information, check out Creative Assembly's blog post.