Total War, released an impressive 10 years ago, was a truly revolutionary game that managed to mix 3D RTS gameplay with turn based elements in a game that was since many times copied and built on. Now, nearly a decade after the release of the original, Creative Assembly revealed Shogun 2: Total War, a title that once again promises to redefine the genre.

The game will take place in the middle of the 16th century in Medieval Japan. The country, once ruled by a unified government, is now split into many warring clans. The player takes on the role of one Daimyo – the clan leader – and will use military engagements, economics and diplomacy to achieve the ultimate goal: re-unite Japan under his supreme command and become the new Shogun – the undisputed ruler of Japan. In other words, Total War – redefined!

Choose from 9 different clans and compete on and offline for the undisputed supremacy of Medieval Japan. Gain experience to level up your own character-warlord as well as your generals and agents. The game can be played in single player or in multiplayer – both competitively and cooperatively and, of course, there will be online leaderboards where the best of the best will battle for the top position.

The developers also promise that Shogun 2: Total War will deliver an improved AI system that’s able to constantly analyze its situation and react to your every move with greater precision and variety. Add to that improved land and naval battle gameplay and you’ll have quite a few reasons to place this upcoming game on your most wanted list. There’s just a little problem: no release date has been announced for Shogun 2: Total War, but I’ll keep my eyes open and let you know as soon as things change.