napoleon-total-warGreat news for the fans of the real time strategy genre! Sega has just announced a new game in the Total War franchise, Napoleon: Total War. The game is expected to change things around – it will be a story-driven game, but rest assured that the full scale battles will still be there to delight our socks off.

The turn-based campaign is split into three different story-driven campaigns, telling the story of the rise and fall of Napoleon Bonaparte through his most famous battles – and you’ll be part of that piece of history! You will be playing as Napoleon himself, but if you wish you can also choose to represent one of his opposing factions. You will experience battles in Italy and Egypt, you’ll drive your armies towards Moscow and, eventually, you will take part in the historical Battle of Waterloo.

“In Napoleon: Total War you get to actually be Napoleon – to face the problems he faced, to win the battles he won, and to build the Empire he built. Or better,” commented Mike Simpson, Creative Director at The Creative Assembly. “However, the game allows you to step in the shoes of his opposing generals as well, allowing the player to rewrite history as they see fit.”

The game promises to take all the elements that gamers loved in the previous games (like the full 3D land and naval battles, the detailed campaign map, and an in depth diplomacy system) and take them one step further, so we are really curious to see Sega and Creative Assembly’s game. We’ll have to wait until February 2010 until that happens, but we have this Napoleon: Total War trailer to keep us busy until then (OK, it will only keep us busy for a couple of minutes, but it’s still very nice!):