Yes, the last thread posted in here was about the same topic but let's start from scratch again just for fun b/c let's face it...theres not too much activity here.
What will be their next installment? I'm thinking first they're gonna have to release at least an expansion for Medieval 2 first but what would that be? They wouldnt just re-release the same kind of expan they had for the original Medieval...the Viking Invasion one...maybe something more oriented on the very early conquering of South America by Spain...
For the next full game though I think that wont be till a few years from now. The only things I could imagine them doing with the next installment would be either to go back and redo Shogun: Total War which wouldnt be a bad thing, or I could see them going in kinda the same direction and giving us a China: Total War where the map would include China, Mongolia, Japan, Southeast Asia, and such and be based on the Medieval Oriental warfare back when China was dominated by different factions.
Another way I could see it going is like a Colonial: Total War where you play in the eras of late 1600s-early 1800s taking America, South America, while fighting your enemies at home.
Also the one which I think they'll probably end up doing Napoleon: Total War set from like the 1500s-1800s with Napoleon (France) and other such empires as Bismarck and Prussia, Austria, Russia, England, Italy, etc etc...kind of like a more detailed map version of Medieval only with a different time period
well firstly if they did an expansion i'd love it to move more into africa and aisa but they'd also need to make naval battles playable
africa and aisa but they'd also need to make naval battles playable
It would be interesting to see them go more in a direction of making naval battles playable...yet i think that would be most effective if the game took place in a time of cannons and such (like the naval battles in Sid's Pirates game).
A medieval expansion reaching further into asia and africa wouldnt produce much...no european nation ever really went deep into africa nor asia. The mongols and Timurids ran through Asia conquering everything there was to conquer and the African tribes fought amongst each other at random.
They would be better off just making a more asia or africa centered game instead.
You know what I would like to see though? I would like to see the Total War series become more content providing...Rome had the cheap downloadable Alexander expansion plus they had the free downloadable Spartan model for Greek hoplites...it would add so much more to the games if they were to churn out downloadable content like new units, factions, and expansions up for download or low price purchase online.