Total War: Attila

Alternative title(s)
Antiquity gameEAG
ReleaseFeb 17, 2015
DeveloperCreative Assembly
Platform(s)OS X, Windows; Linux
ModeSingle-player, multiplayer
GenreStrategy game; empire-building
SettingRoman history from 395 CE onwards. The player can play as the Eastern or Western Roman Empire alongside many other European factions (Alans, Franks, Huns, Ostrogoths, Sassanid Empire, Saxons, Vandals, Visigoths, DanesDLC, JutesDLC, GeatsDLC, LangobardsDLC, AlamansDLC, BurgundiansDLC, PictsDLC, EbdaniansDLC, CaledoniansDLC, SuebiansDLC, TanukhidsDLC, HimyarDLC, AksumDLC, LakhmidsDLC, White HunsDLC, GaramantiansDLC, AnteansDLC, SclaveniansDLC and VenediansDLC) in a vast map from Ireland to the Khwarezmian Empire. The Age of Charlemagne Campaign Pack allows the player to play in the Middle Ages.
Notable charactersBAttila, Alaric, Arcadius, Honorus, Valentinian, JustinianDLC, BelisariusDLC
DLCViking Forefathers Culture Pack (2015), Longbeards Culture Pack (2015), Blood & Burning (2015), Celts Culture Pack (2015), The Last Roman Campaign Pack (2015), Empires of Sand Culture Pack (2015), Age of Charlemagne Campaign Pack (2015), Slavic Nations Culture Pack (2016)


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Additional keywords

history, Late Antiquity

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