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Total War: Pharaoh

Platform(s): PC
Genre: Strategy
Publisher: SEGA
Developer: Creative Assembly
Release Date: Oct. 11, 2023

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'Total War: Pharaoh' Shows Off Hittite Faction, Early Access Begins This Weekend - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Sept. 27, 2023 @ 4:44 p.m. PDT

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.

In Total War: Pharaoh immerse yourself in ancient Egypt at the zenith of its power and experience the dramatic events that threaten its destruction.

With dynamic real-time battles and incredible turn-based empire management, can you rise above your adversaries to become Egypt’s last great Pharaoh and stand against the collapse of an iconic civilization?

With the end looming for the great Pharaoh Merneptah, the people of Egypt cry out for a new leader. Many desire the power of the throne, but the path to becoming Pharaoh is a perilous one. Unearth a breathtakingly vibrant recreation of the Bronze Age Collapse as you battle societal disarray, face natural disasters and fight to protect your people against waves of invaders.

SEGA and The Creative Assembly Limited have today announced that Total War: Pharaoh will be releasing digitally on the 11th of October 2023, with a physical Limited Edition releasing in Europe on October 23rd, 2023.

Players can pre-order directly from the developers at the Total War: PHARAOH store or Steam to gain access to 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. 

The Early Access Weekend allows players to venture into the breathtaking world of Ancient Egypt on Steam from this Friday, September 29th (05:00 PDT / 08:00 EDT) to Monday, October 2nd (05:00 PDT / 08:00 EDT). The prestigious Ramesses and the barbaric Irsu will be at your command as you wage war across 60 turns of strategic campaign gameplay with unlimited replays available within the timeframe.

An empire divided. In Anatolia, the once mighty kingdom of Hatti crumbles as civil war and a great family feud between two rival cousins plunge it into darkness. Here, blood doesn’t run thicker than water; will you command their last Great King, or will you rally behind a usurper who believes themselves to be the avatar of a god?


  • Suppiluliuma, the Defender, was the last Great King of the Hittite Empire. He has but one aim and that is to rebuild and defend Hatti from insurgents both from within and outside of his borders. As such, he is a very defensive character, commanding legions of heavy and medium armored units, including powerful chariots. What his armies lack in agility, they more than make up for in raw power. 
  • Kurunta, the Usurper, wants what his cousin values most – the throne of Hatti. He intends to grow in power, take the Hittite Empire for his own, and inflict misery upon those who would dare stand against him. Unbound by conscience and believing that warfare exists without rules, he seeks to exploit any given opportunity, enacting sabotage and subterfuge to exploit weakness outside of battle. Either join his new kingdom or be sacrificed in his glory. 


If the Egyptians were the surgical knife of Bronze Age warfare, then the Hittites are the wall of near-impenetrable iron. As such, they are normally found deploying much heavier units than their Egyptian and Canaanite counterparts, and they specialize fighting in the heavy rains, thunderstorms, and fogs of Anatolia. Their two primary fighting traits are Mistwalker, which allows units to traverse fog unseen, and Storm Warrior, with which units suffer less penalties when fighting in rain or thunderstorms.

Key Features:

  • Strategy Gameplay: Total War: PHARAOH is a game of two halves. One a turn-based open-world campaign with statecraft, diplomacy and exploration and the other intense, tactical real-time battles with thousands of troops across vivid Bronze Age battlefields. 
  • Events Inspired By History: Experience an authentic recreation of Ancient Egypt and witnessthe death of Pharaoh Merneptah as you prepare your people to stand against the civilization defining events of the Bronze Age collapse. 
  • Diverse Playstyles: Wage war with three unique Bronze Age Cultures; the Egyptians, Hittites and Canaanites and choose one of their historical leaders to command your armies. Charm the courts as peerless diplomats, charge into battle as unwavering commanders or cause chaos as fearless warlords. 
  • Conquer The Bronze Age: Prove your legitimacy to become Pharaoh, or Great King, and expand your growing empire on a campaign map that spans the rich cultural hubs of Egypt, Canaan and Anatolia.
  • Near-Infinite Possibilities: With a brand-new Campaign Customization feature, no two campaigns will ever feel the same. Determine how you play with an extended range of options, such as random starting positions for all factions, detailed resource settings, the ability to toy with natural disasters and much more.
  • Dynamic Weather: Lead your soldiers through sudden and dramatic shifts in weather, such as torrential rain and sandstorms, and witness the tides of battle turn as it directly impacts the surrounding terrain.
  • Worship The Gods: Pledge your allegiance to the gods of this ancient world with nineteen deities to choose from, spread across each of the cultural pantheons. Show enough reverence to earn gameplay bonuses but disrespect them at your peril. 
  • And Much More: Emulate the deeds of past Pharaohs, customize your bodyguard, embark on grand sieges, manipulate the courts, fight back against the mysterious Sea Peoples invaders and much more. 

Total War: Pharaoh is coming to PC (Steam / Epic Games Store) in October 11, 2023.

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