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GDC 2013: Creative Assembly announces the all-multiplayer Total War Arena

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Total War Arena

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During a talk given GDC today Creative Assembly revealed a new direction for its Total War series: Total War Arena (opens in new tab) , a multiplayer and free-to-play MOBA with RTS elements.

In this slide (opens in new tab) from the presentation, several features are listed that indicate a focus on "streamlined action-oriented design," 10 vs. 10 team battles, co-op play, and three different unit types. The developer's website (opens in new tab) elaborates a little further, describing Arena as a chance "to pitch history's greatest commanders and their armies against each other in massive, team-based battles."

Creative Assembly is also asking for players to sign up for Arena's closed beta on the game's website (opens in new tab) , though the URL leads nowhere as of this writing.

Omri Petitte is a former PC Gamer associate editor and long-time freelance writer covering news and reviews. If you spot his name, it probably means you're reading about some kind of first-person shooter. Why yes, he would like to talk to you about Battlefield. Do you have a few days?