SEGA today announced that Total War: ARENA is now entering Closed Alpha, and interested players can sign-up to get involved in shaping its future development. Total War: ARENA is described as a free-to-play, team-based strategy game, putting players in the middle of epic-scale battles.
Using key elements of award-winning Total War design, Total War: ARENA is made from the ground-up for multiplayer real-time strategy fans, with two teams of ten players going head-to-head.
Each player controls three units of warriors, led by an iconic commander from history, each with their own battle style.
“Players level up commanders and units to open up more specialist skills, weaponry, armour and abilities. Decisive strategies, combat tactics and teamwork decide who is victorious.”
First announced at Game Developers Conference in March 2013, the game represents a new direction for the Total War franchise, and is in development by a dedicated team at Creative Assembly, focused on a purely multiplayer experience.
Gabor Beressy, ARENA Project Lead, said:
“We have spent time since the announcement evolving both the gameplay and the supporting technology, to ensure we deliver smooth online service for multiplayer gamers. We are excited to say that the game is now in Closed Alpha, and we welcome feedback from players to inform the next stages of development.”