Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia recently teased the uglier side of battle (opens in new tab), but today showcases the prettiest. Named 'Land of Hope', the war series spin-off's latest cinematic looks at pre-invasion England—moments before Viking longboats breech its shores.
On St. George's Day, Thrones "pays homage to its English heritage", so reads a statement. Twitter (opens in new tab) also reliably informs me Kate Middleton has given birth to another sprog. Topical celebrations all round.
"It was under Alfred the Great and his immediate successors that a unified Anglo-Saxon kingdom was first forged," says game director Jack Lusted. "As the only major kingdom left standing after the Viking Invasion, it was under the banner of Wessex that the lands the Great Viking Army had conquered, known as the Danelaw, were retaken. The name of this kingdom changed from Wessex to England."
Creative Assembly teased the King of Wessex in action (opens in new tab) earlier this year. Lusted adds that the reconquest of Danelaw "led to an adoption of many elements of Viking culture," some of which are still prevalent today.
Lusted adds: "A number of towns across Northern England bear Viking names for instance, and there are well over a hundred common English terms that can be traced back to Nordic origins. This new English kingdom would go on to be seized by William the Conqueror in 1066 at the Battle of Hastings."
Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia is due May 3, 2018. Before then, check out its system requirements (opens in new tab)—and read Tom's tragic but humorous tale of betrayal and collapsing kingdoms (opens in new tab).