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A Total War Saga: Troy

Platform(s): PC
Genre: Strategy
Publisher: SEGA
Developer: Creative Assembly
Release Date: Nov. 27, 2020

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'A Total War Saga: Troy' Rhesus & Memnon Faction Pack Coming Later This Month - Trailer

by Rainier on Dec. 1, 2021 @ 6:10 p.m. PST

Inspired by Homer’s Iliad, A Total War Saga: Troy will let you forge a heroic legacy in the late Bronze Age, the furthest back in time the critically acclaimed franchise has ever traveled.

In A Total War Saga: Troy, the fate of Aegean civilization will be in your hands; each choice you make will shape the lands from the mythical heights of Mount Olympus to the arid deserts of Lemnos. Experience history as it may have happened or shape the legend for yourself in this unique chapter of Total War.

Homer’s Iliad is rich with myth, legends, gods and monsters. A Total War Saga: Troy casts these stories through a historical lens to consider what might have really happened but ultimately lets you decide which heroes will fall in battle and which will be immortalized in legend.

The battlefields will tremble under the feet of renowned warriors like Achilles and Hector but it will take more than brute force alone to lay claim to the legendary city of Troy. You will need to deftly manage a barter economy, conduct diplomacy among friends and foes, and curry the very favor of the Gods themselves before etching your name in the annals of history.

The Rhesus & Memnon Faction pack unleashes two of the most renowned heroes from the Iliad onto the blood-soaked battlegrounds of A Total War Saga: TROY: Rhesus, The Thracian King and Memnon, King of Aethiopia. These formidable characters welcome in unique campaign mechanics, devastating hero and unit abilities, as well as two brand-new army rosters consisting of 49 diverse troop choices.


Mighty Rhesus is a driven and relentless commander who hails from the deep-forested valleys of Thrace, home to countless warrior-tribes and fearsome primordial gods. His armies rely on strong early engagements, decisive charges, and his units fight predominantly without shields; however, they have good chargers, good armour-piercing and excellent morale.

Campaign mechanics:

  • Countless Host: Rhesus must seek out and unite the various inter-warring Thracian tribes and unite them under one banner. Doing so unlocks the summoning of powerful host armies to ravage the land of eternal enemies.
  • Thracian Rituals: Blessed with immense religious powers, Rhesus enacts to please the old cults of Thrace. These grant a variety of bonuses, including access to elite units, settlement bonuses, and army buffs.

Rhesus’s new unit roster includes: Plainsmen, Woodsmen, Mountaineers, War Chanters, Thracian Spearmen, Worshippers of Pan, Thracian Guards, Androphones, Dasophylakes, Warriors of Pangaion, Devoted to Zalmoxis, Forest Skirmishers, Thracian Hunters, Forest Ambushers, Thracian Bowmen and Thracian Archers. The Thracians are renowned for their chariots, so Rhesus’s roster includes five chariot units: Thracian Light Chariots, Thracian Chariots, Mares of Diomedes, Thracian Archer Chariots and Thorns of Thrace.


Warrior-king, Memnon, is a distant cousin of princes Paris & Hector and leads the mighty multicultural armies of Aethiopia, a vassal state of Pharaonic Egypt. He is known for a battle prowess akin to that of courageous Achilles, and his roster consists of quick, lightly armored warriors that have the tools to stay engaged in battle, while each culture within his roster provides powerful strategic advantages.

Campaign mechanics:

  • Horde: Memnon seeks but one thing – to raze every inch of Achaea. Therefore, his military expedition cannot inhabit settlements but can take advantage of War Spoils to further power his war efforts in defense of Troy.
  • Pharoah's Servant: Memnon relies on the influence and wealth of his Pharoah to reinforce his ranks with soldiers from far-off lands. He must enact Royal Decrees to unlock units from each of the four regions: Aethiopia, Egypt, Canaan, Susa.
  • Resourceful Strategist: Memnon does not have access to Spy, Envoy or Priestess Agents to aid his war efforts. Instead, his prestige attracts camp followers to bolster his armies or grant him special actions before battle.

Memnon’s new unit roster includes: Aethiopian tribesmen, Aethiopian Spearmen, Nefru Infantry, Philistine Swordsmen, Hupshu, Manfyt Infantry, Chariot Runners, Irtjet Staff Bearers, Henkhu Guards, Nakhtu-aa Infantry, Medjai Warriors, Sherden Warriors, Egyptian Slingers, Aethiopian Hunters, Aethiopian Javelinmen, Aethiopian Archers, Elamite Stoneslingers, Archers of Wawat, Egyptian Archers, Maryannu, Light Seneny Chariots and Seneny Chariots.

In addition to the new Rhesus & Memnon DLC content Creative Assembly are introducing six new features, aiming to improve governance and the strategic experience.

  • Island Trading ‒ Factions can trade their island regions to other factions who don’t own a settlement in the province.
  • Balance Deal ‒ Players can optimize deals with positive evaluation by requesting an automatic Single Barter from the AI.
  • Instant Construction ‒ Players can construct queued buildings instantly by paying additional gold.
  • Settlement Abandonment ‒ Players can abandon settlements, having some building costs refunded and leaving a ruin.
  • Embed Informant ‒ A new diplomatic action that reveals a faction for a set number of turns, costing gold.
  • Auto-resolve Predictions ‒ Casualties display prior to auto resolving battles, which shows the units that will be eliminated entirely or partially. This aims to encourage players to fight battles to keep any units that they would not like injured or dead.

A Total War Saga: Troy - Rhesus & Memnon DLC will launch on Steam and the Epic Games Store on 14th December 2021 at 3pm GMT for £7.99 / $9.99 / €9.99, with a 10% pre-order discount until launch.

The Rhesus & Memnon DLC will be a part of the Ultimate Edition bundle pack, which also includes the base game, MYTHOS DLC, Amazons DLC and Ajax & Diomedes DLC, where you can save 40% with your purchase.

Total War Saga titles channel the grand strategy and real-time battles of a core Total War game into an intense flashpoint in time, letting you determine the outcome of pivotal moments in history. This change in scope and perspective makes Total War Saga the perfect home for innovation, often leading to new ideas that go on to influence future tentpole titles.

A Total War Saga: Troy is available for PC on the Epic Games Store and Steam for £34.99 / $49.99 / €49.99.

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