When we think of military campaigns there’s arguably none more famous than that of the siege of Troy. After many games seeing us wage war across medieval and Roman periods, shogunate Japan, and Napoleonic eras, it’s time to head back in time further than we’ve ever gone before. Back to ancient Troy itself.
Total War Saga: Troy is the latest in this more bite-size series of Total War games, and even though they may be smaller in scale than the full Total War releases, there’s still plenty to chew on. Any Total War veteran will find that Troy is a meal fit for a commander, and one that you’ll savour with each bite.
With a fully fledged campaign filled with factions to play as, fight against, and scheme with, Total War Saga: Troy is a Hellenistic commander’s dream. There’ll be enough to keep you busy for a long time. Each faction features its own heroes, styles of play, and diplomatic requirements. You’ll even find different deities shining their benevolence down upon you, or incurring their wrath, depending on the faction you choose.
But who shall you choose, which phalanx will you form, who shall face your heroes on the plain of battle? Thankfully we’re here to give you the full list of factions you’ll be playing as in Total War Saga: Troy.
When you first start Total War Saga: Troy, there’ll be eight different factions available for you to dive into and start playing as. Some feature names you may be familiar with, especially if you’ve read a little Homer, but each feature their own heroes, benefits and drawbacks.
Here’s who you can choose from in the base game:
- Hector’s Trojans
- Paris’ Trojans
In addition, currently two other factions have been confirmed for the game as part of the Amazon DLC, giving you control of the legendary warrior women:
- Hippolyta’s Amazons
- Penthesilea’s Amazons
With ten factions overall for you to play as, you might think that’s enough. But no, Total War Saga: Troy gives you a whole host of other NPC factions that you can fight against, pit your wits against, or ally with.
Examples of these are the Amazons if you don’t own the Amazon DLC, the Ascanian Phyrgians, Thrakes, Ionia, Rhodes, Thessalians, and of course – Troy itself.
Each of these factions have their own needs and wants, and are fighting over territory and resources just like you. So it’ll be crowded out there behind the walls of Troy or on the beaches as you land your thousand ships, but that’s what makes the siege of Troy so exciting to be a part of.
Total War Saga: Troy’s release date is the 13th of August, 2020. Are you a Homeric scholar, a fan of Virgil, or a stalwart Total War commander? Let us know what you think of the game, and who your favourite faction is, over on our community forum.