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May 23, 2023

Creative Assembly takes to Ancient Egypt with Total War: PHARAOH, releasing in October

From Press Release:

LONDON – MAY 23rd, 2023 – SEGA® Europe Limited and Creative Assembly™ Limited are proud to reveal Total War™: PHARAOH, the next installment in the award-winning strategy franchise, will release in October 2023. Total War: PHARAOH will immerse players in the turbulent events of the Egyptian New Kingdom period where they’ll determine the fate of three great cultures as they fight for survival amid the cataclysmic Bronze-Age Collapse.

“There are few periods more iconic than Ancient Egypt; fraught with political intrigue, cataclysmic events and grand war campaigns, it’s the perfect setting for a Total War title,” said Game Director, Todor Nikolov. “As Pharaoh, you must save Egypt from the cusp of destruction and guide your people through the calamitous Bronze-Age collapse. It is up to you to either survive or fade into history.”


The Pharaoh is dead, and the people of Egypt, Canaan, and the Hittite empire cry out for a new leader. Many desire the power of the throne, but the path to becoming Pharaoh is a perilous one. As the leader of these great nations, you must overcome societal collapse, face natural disasters and fight to protect your people against invaders from far off lands.

With a choice of eight Faction Leaders from three rich cultural hubs, step into their unique playstyles and take charge of deadly and diverse unit rosters. Whether you’re charming the courts as a peerless diplomat, charging into battle as an unwavering commander or causing chaos as a fearless warlord, become a leader that history will remember.


On your journey to becoming Pharaoh, uncover a beautifully lush and vibrant recreation of Ancient Egypt at the height of its power. From the fertile banks of the river Nile to the windswept, arid deserts of the Sinai Peninsula and the mountainous crags of ancient Anatolia, this magnificent visual reimagining brings the beauty and brutality of Egypt’s most tumultuous era to life.


Enemy armies aren’t the only challenges to overcome on the battlefield. Lead your soldiers through sudden and dramatic shifts in weather, such as thunderstorms and sandstorms, and witness the tides of battle turn as it directly impacts the surrounding terrain. Beware the threat of fire too, as battles can become engulfed in flames, striking and spreading across the battlefield as it burns forests and damages the foundations of enemy settlements.


With a brand-new Campaign Customisation feature, no two campaigns will ever feel the same. Determine how you play with an extended range of campaign customisation options, such as random starting positions for all factions, detailed resource settings, the ability to toy with natural disasters and much more. With an abundance of options, stack the odds against yourself for an added challenge or become an unmatched power to breeze your way to victory.


By pre-ordering now, players can gain access to a Pharaoh’s trove of early-adopter bonuses including the ability to take part in an Early-Access Weekend, the Avatar of the Gods Cosmetic Pack, and the Heart of the Shardana Cosmetic pack. For more information regarding each, please visit the Total War: PHARAOH FAQ.

Pre-order now from the Total War: PHARAOH store.


Total War is a strategy game, where turn-based civilisation management and real-time strategy battles with thousands of troops and war machines collide in a unique gaming experience. On the campaign map, lead your chosen race and manage their empire in matters of diplomacy, economy, and military strength. Command great heroes and customise them with a wealth of options pertaining to skills and personal quests. Strike the balance between survival and conquest as you expand your empire.

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What is Total War: PHARAOH?
Total War: PHARAOH is the newest entry in the award-winning grand strategy series from the developers at Creative Assembly. Experience Ancient Egypt during the vibrant and tumultuous era of the Bronze Age Collapse and master dynamic real-time battles and turn-based empire management to rise above your adversaries and become Egypt’s last great Pharaoh.
When will Total War: PHARAOH be released?
Total War: PHARAOH will hit (digital) shelves in October 2023.
What playable factions will be available at launch?
The base game contains eight playable factions from three diverse cultures. 
Egyptian: Ramesses, Seti, Tausret, Amenmesse
Canaanite: Bay and Irsu
Hittite: Kurunta and Suppiluliuma.
Where can I play Total War: PHARAOH and how much does it cost?
Total War: PHARAOH will be released for PC on Steam and the Epic Games Store. 
Base Game: £49.99 / $59.99 / €59.99
Deluxe Edition: £61.17 / $72.87 / €72.87
Dynasty Edition: £77.96 / $91.46 / €91.46
What is included in the Deluxe and Dynasty Editions?
In addition to the base game, there are two digital bundles for Total War: PHARAOH available for pre-order on Steam and the Epic Games Store. 
The Deluxe Edition contains:
Total War: PHARAOH base game
DLC Faction Pack 1
Digital Soundtrack
The Dynasty Edition contains:
Total War: PHARAOH base game
DLC Faction Pack 1
DLC Faction Pack 2
DLC Faction Pack 3
DLC Campaign Pack
Digital Soundtrack 
Compared to paying full price for each individual item, the Deluxe Edition offers players a 10% discount and the Dynasty Edition offers a 25% discount. 
The DLC packs will be released as part of the post-launch content roadmap. Details of this roadmap will be provided at a later date. 
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What do I get if I pre-order the game?
If you pre-order Total War: PHARAOH now, you will be able to take part in an exclusive Early Access Weekend before the game is released. You will also receive the Avatar of the Gods Cosmetic Pack and Heart of the Shardana Cosmetic Pack for the full game.
The Early Access Weekend will be available for a limited period where you can play and enjoy part of the game before launch! Details of the Early Access Weekend will be shared at a later date.
The Avatar of the Gods cosmetic pack contains a unique skin for each playable faction leader (eight in total) and the Heart of the Shardana cosmetic pack contains unique Sherden outfits for bodyguard units. These will be available on release of Total War: PHARAOH. The cosmetic pack pre-order bonus offer will be available up until one week after release.
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Will there be a physical edition? 
Yes, there will be a physical standard edition available at select retailers that includes a digital download code for Total War: PHARAOH, the Avatar of the Gods Cosmetic Pack and the Heart of the Shardana Cosmetic Pack, plus a printed double-sided poster. The physical edition will be released after the game’s digital launch later this year and available at select retailers in Europe. The digital download code is applicable for Steam only.
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What languages will Total War: PHARAOH be available in?
Text and subtitles will be available in the following languages: English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Czech, Polish, Turkish, Korean, Portuguese (Brazilian), simplified & traditional Chinese.
Full audio will be available in English, German and Mandarin.
Partial audio will be available in French, Italian, Spanish and Polish. This is for the advisor only.
Will the game have multiplayer support at launch? What about cross-play?
Total War: PHARAOH offers two-player co-op and Head-to-Head mode. Steam and Epic users will have cross-play enabled.
Will the game be released on Mac and Linux?
Yes, the game will be released on Mac and Linux after the launch on PC.