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War Like an Egyptian With Total War: Pharaoh, Coming This Year

Total War Pharaoh

Want to muster the armies of Ancient Egypt and stain the pyramids with the blood of your enemies? Total War: Pharaoh could be just what the high priest ordered.

The latest in the long-running Total War series, Total War: Pharaoh will take place “..in ancient Egypt at the zenith of its power and experience the dramatic events that threaten its destruction.”

That’s from this strategy game’s Steam Store page, anyway. The trailer itself is, right up until the last few seconds, about a dung beetle getting mugged by another dung beetle. We get what the trailer was going for but now we want an actual game about warring dung beetles.

The game, developed by Creative Assembly, concerns the reign of Pharaoh Merneptah who ruled from 1213 – 1210 BC. With the people becoming disenchanted it’s up to you to step up and cement power as one of eight faction leaders.

In reality, Seti II, Memeptah’s son, was the next ruler. So it seems as if Total War: Pharaoh will diverge from history a little. But the recently remastered Pharaoh: A New Era (no relation) wasn’t 100% accurate and we still had fun with that.

It won’t just be invaders you’re dealing with, either. There are natural disasters to content with. And, on the battlefield, sandstorms and the like could prove problematic. We have our fingers crossed that there’s also a way to use these to your advantage.

You won’t have to wait long to get sand under your fingernails. Total War: Pharaoh is set for an October 2023 release date. It’ll be landing on PC and can be pre-purchased via the Steam Store or Epic Games Store, in one of three editions.

And, once October’s here… any chance of getting to work on Alien: Isolation 2, Creative Assembly? Please? Pretty Please?

Weekend Editor // Chris has been gaming since the days of the Acorn Electron, which was allegedly purchased to 'help him with his homework'. You can probably guess how well that went. He’ll tackle most genres – football titles aside – though he has a taste for games that that are post-apocalyptic, horror-oriented or thought provoking in nature.