Total War: Arena fans on Reddit saw an announcement yesterday that no one expected… Total War: Arena Shutting Down in February. In a developer newsletter, it was announced that service for the game would be ending on February 22nd after the results of the open beta test didn’t meet expectations.
The newsletter goes on to say that the technological advancements the development team made while working on the game would go on to be used in future Total War titles. As a thank you to all Total War: Arena players Creative Assembly are offering a free piece of Total War content that can be chosen from the following four.
Total War: MEDIEVAL II – Definitive Edition
Hannibal at the Gates (Total War: ROME II DLC)
Age of Charlemagne (Total War: Attila DLC)
Grim and the Grave (Total War: Warhammer DLC)
This is only available to those who have previously played Total War: Arena and registration of new accounts is now closed. To take advantage of this offer follow the link provided in the in-game news. In addition, if you have spent any real money in Total War: Arena’s premium shop or bought a starter pack your unspent gold and premium time can be transferred to World of Tanks, World of Warplanes, or World of Warships at a 1 to 1 exchange rate.
They also released one final patch to the game yesterday for players who remain to enjoy until the game shuts down. The patch makes some changes to compensate for a smaller matchmaking pool.
For Total War: Arena fans there is a full FAQ that goes into great detail on how to claim the various benefits and free items as well as briefly discussing why the game is shutting down. The final question in the FAQ asks if this means Creative Assembly will be moving away from multiplayer focused games. They say that they will not and that they’re still committed to exploring high-quality multiplayer experiences in the future.
A new online competitive RTS with a pretty big genre name tied to it has begun its first steps into the wider online gaming world. Today marks the launch of the Total War: Arena open beta, complete with a brand new faction being added to the game’s lineup.
The Carthage faction joins the existing Greeks, Romans and Barbarians in the online 10v10 theater of war. Players will take command of Carthage’s Hannibal Barca and his brother Hasdrubal, who bring with them new units such as the intimidating war elephant.
According to the announcement, open beta will operate a bit more like a soft launch, as all progress made by players during this phase will carry over once the game launches in full. In the meantime, the devs promise additional factions and features to be added later.
“We are proud and excited to share the results of our work with players all around the globe,” says Wargaming’s Evgeniy Shukin. “We’ve crafted a game that easily lets newcomers jump in and start battling, while fulfilling the promise to seasoned veteran strategy players who have been at war for years.”
Details about Total War: Arena can be found on the game’s site and a trailer heralding the start of open beta is below.
The online RTS arena is definitely seeing some expansion, so we hope that the Total War pedigree will be enough to make it rise above other similar titles while still owning up to that same pedigree. Here’s to a successful and enjoyable soft launch for both Wargaming and TWA’s players.
Call it an open beta on a timer. The Total War: Arena beta, which was previously closed, will open to everyone for a week, granting strategy-minded players their opportunity to both try out the online team-based strategy title and help push the game’s servers to their limit.
From today, November 24th until Monday, December 4th, anyone can hop into the 10v10 strategy title provided they have a Wargaming account and install the Wargaming.net Game Center launcher.
The open week appears to have no restrictions of any sort and those who do take part will be granted permanent access to the rest of closed beta. Participants will also receive three Premium units as a gift: the Roman Tier 4 Auxiliary Cavalry spear cavalry unit, the Tier 4 Bloodsworn Barbarian sword unit, and the Tier 4 Telesillas Argives Greek spear unit.
“The open week is another exciting step in the game’s development,” says game director Gabor Beressy in a statement. “We continue to be very grateful to our committed players who have been part of the development so far, and welcome new players to join the growing community.”
For everyone involved in the testing, there will also be a variety of boosts to XP and Silver earnings. All of the information about these boosts as well as information on how to access the test can be found on the game’s website.
It’s interesting how the game will only have the beta open for a week but will grant those arrivals access to testing after that. Why not just have a full, “normal” open beta at that point? Regardless, we do hope that the testing provides useful data to the TWA devs and that players new and old have a good time in-game.
With PAX West and Gamescom behind us it’s time for a whole lot of new things on the beta list! But first, we said goodbye to Destiny 2 which launched on console this week.
This weekend Tale of Toast and Valnir Rok are both holding limited time alpha events.
Meanwhile, City of Heroes spiritual successors Ship of Heroes and City of Titans laid out plans for their alphas. City of Titans will also be holding another Kickstarter campaign in the near future.
Fairy Tale: Hero’s Journey, Dauntless, and Total War: ARENA announced they’re making the leap to closed beta.
INSIDIA is now in Open Beta.
Ship of Heroes
Third person shooter Raiders of the Broken Planet will be holding an open beta weekend next week on September 15th and 16th.
War of Conquest started a Kickstarter campaign.
And finally, we once again got confirmation that Funcom is working on another Conan title, this one will be a turn-based strategy game. They made a public announcement after some concerns that the studio would be abandoning Conan Exiles for this title, which they aren’t.
As always you can find all of this and much more in the list below. Keep an eye out for the new flag which will show you what is new this week.
The online team-based strategy game has started to advance one step closer to its full release. Total War: Arena closed beta testing has officially kicked off, bringing commanders three factions and ten leaders to command.
The closed beta will feature the Romans, the Greeks, and the Barbarians, along with iconic historic leaders such as Alexander the Great, Leonidas, and new to the test Boudica. The new leader’s arrival introduces a new Tech Tree for the Barbarian units such as War Dogs. Battles can be waged on one of nine different maps from history such as Thermopylae or Hadrian’s Wall.
Closed beta is automatically granted to those who have played through the game’s alpha test or for those who buy one of several different Founder’s Bundles. As of the beta, there is no NDA in place. More details can be found on the game’s official site.
With the pedigree of the Total War games, we hope that Total War: Arena delivers for franchise fans as well as fans of online strategy games. We’re looking forward to seeing impressions from players of this game, so since the NDA gag order has been lifted, feel free to share your experiences below with us.