A Total War Saga: Troy is a strategy computer game developed by Creative Assembly Sofia and published by Sega. It is part of the Total War Saga sub-series and was released on the 13th of August, 2020 on the Epic Games Store, then on Steam in the Summer of 2021. As part of the 12 month exclusivity promotional deal with Epic Games, Troy was free of charge for the first 24 hours of its release.
The game is set during the Trojan War in the Bronze Age, taking place the furthest back in time the series has ever covered.
Troy is a new period for Total War and is the furthest back the franchise has ever gone in history. Unlike the major era Total War Games, the Total War Saga titles tend to focus on key flashpoints in history, often within a singular culture, meaning the 20-year war Trojan War was an ideal choice of setting. This period is also rich in myth, legend, heroes and monsters, which allowed the developers to explore a variety of new ideas.
A unique approach was taken in regards to research, using both mythological sources such as Homer’s Iliad as well as historical data such as archaeological recordings and expert materials on the Bronze Age Collapse. This merging of source material provided the developers with their key design pillar, portraying a more accurate world that might have inspired the legendary accounts of this era. For example, the game will feature historical representations of renowned mythological monsters, such as a hulking man wearing hides and a bull’s skull to evoke a Minotaur.
The legendary setting also inspired the use of a romanticised art style for Troy, visible throughout the campaign overview and user interface. It blends the Hellenic artistry of the Iliad with a real-world representation of the Bronze Age Mediterranean.
The Greek gods featured in Troy can influence the game in similar ways to their Homeric counterparts, with their influence spanning entire factions, rather than directly intervening on the battlefield. Gaining favour with the different gods requires players to invest time or sacrifice resources, but also provides various benefits as the game progresses.
Although there is little documentation of Bronze Age naval warfare, naval combat has been included in the form of island battles, inspired by that featured in Total War: Warhammer II – Curse of the Vampire Coast. The Greek god Poseidon will play a major role in these battles.
Hero versus hero combat has been implemented in Troy, wherein two fighting heroes will be given room by nearby units, creating a circular battle area and preventing other units from intervening. Some heroes have an active battle ability called Divine Challenge, which taunts opposing characters into one-on-one combat. Eight heroes are included in the game, such as the Greek champion- Achilles, and the Prince of Troy- Hector.
A Trojan horse mechanic plays a major role within the campaign, appearing in the campaign at specific moments, and providing significant bonuses to players should it be acted upon quickly enough.
Troy introduces a new multiple resource economy that reflects the advancing pre-monetary barter economy of the Bronze Age setting. The five different resources are food, wood, stone, bronze, and gold, which can be found within different regions to varying degrees of scarcity. Food and wood are used to recruit early game units and construct simple buildings, whereas more formidable structures will require stone, and higher tier units will require bronze. Gold is vital for trade due to its universal rarity.
The diplomacy system in Troy builds on that featured in Total War: Three Kingdoms, allowing you to appease allies, your enemies in their place, allowing the player to change the entire course of the Trojan war. Other new diplomatic features which are unique to Troy will also be introduced.
Troy features 3 campaign game modes. Two of which come with the base game and the third, Mythological mode becomes available with the acquisition of the Mythos Expansion Pack. Initially Troy launched with just a single campaign mode, the Truth Behind the Myth. The other two modes were added with the launch of the Patch 1.6.0 and the Mythos Expansion Pack.
|Historical||Truth Behind the Myth||Mythological [DLC]|
The game features 9 culture groups.
- Main article: Factions (Troy)
There are 12 playable factions.
- Hector's Trojans
- Paris' Trojans
- Hippolyta's Amazons (DLC)
- Penthesilea's Amazons (DLC)
- Argos (DLC)
- Salamis (DLC)
There are 12 playable unique heroes at the start of the campaign. More unique heroes can be acquired by confederating factions.
- Achilles leads Phthia
- Aeneas leads Dardania
- Agamemnon leads Mycenea
- Hector lead Hector's Trojans
- Menelaus leads Sparta
- Odysseus leads Ithaca
- Paris leads Paris' Trojans
- Sarpedon leads Lycia
- Hippolyta leads Hippolyta's Amazons (DLC)
- Penthesilea leads Penthesilea's Amazons (DLC)
- Ajax leads Salamis (DLC)
- Diomedes leads Argos (DLC)