One of our most played mobile games continues to be the fantastic Port of Rome: Total War, along with its spin-offs Barbarian Invasion and Alexander. The team that brought this to mobile as well as the Tropico and XCOM 2 ports, Feral Interactive, has returned to the Total War series for their next port.
The developer has announced that its next title coming to iOS and Android will be Total War: Medieval II which, as you can probably tell from the name, is set in medieval times.
You’ll be able to download the title in the spring of 2022, according to the developer. Based on past form, we wouldn’t be totally surprised if the game released on one operating system before the other, but we don’t usually see exclusives from Feral’s ports.
Feral Interactive also released a brief trailer for the game, but if you’re familiar with the title, there’s nothing entirely surprising here.
We don’t know the compatibility yet, so which phones will be able to play the game or how up-to-date your OS needs to be, but hopefully we’ll hear that before the game releases.
This game looks fun, but what’s arguably the biggest news is that Feral clearly hasn’t stopped with Rome: Total War, and is working to bring more Total Wars to mobile. over time. However, Medieval II wouldn’t be our first choice if we had to guess what was to come.
Analysis: a good choice, but an odd choice
Total War: Medieval II was the next game created by Creative Assembly (the developers of Total War) after Rome, so it follows that it would be the next title to port, but unless Feral brings every Total War game to mobile, we think it’s an odd choice.
Don’t get me wrong: Medieval II is a great game – this writer has almost 200 hours logged on Steam – but it’s an odd choice compared to Rome.
First, there’s the reception of each game: on Metacritic (admittedly, that’s an extremely difficult way to compare popularity), Medieval II is one of Total’s few classic games. War scored below 90, with 88 (which is still impressive).
But more importantly, Medieval II and Rome are pretty similar in terms of gameplay, even for Total War games: in the grand scheme of things, the time periods they’re based on aren’t that far apart chronologically, and the war isn’t was not that far off. different.
So while Empire: Total War has guns and Warhammer (and later) Total Wars has heroes, both of which bring significant gameplay shakeups, Medieval II and Rome feel quite similar to play.
But it’s possible that these similarities are what make Medieval II an easy port: the map is quite similar to Rome (although much larger) and Feral doesn’t need to find a way to bring weapons and characters with abilities to battles.
So the choice to port Medieval II makes sense, and we’re far from disappointed – we’ll definitely be putting hours into it when it comes out. We’re just surprised another game like Empire (that writers favorite) or Shogun 2 (one of the fan favorites) didn’t get picked first.