Sega announced today the upcoming release of Total War: Shogun 2 – Fall of the Samurai, a new stand alone expansion of Total War: Shogun 2. The new expansion will not require owning or installing the original game, and will play completely on its own. It will be released in March 2012.
The campaign will start in 1863, as the age of the Samurai is coming to a close, replaced by the influence of western powers like the United States, Britain and France, letting the player chose if to support the raising Imperial power and its western allies, or stay on the side of the Shogunate of old.
Fall of the Samurai will include six new playable clans including the Satsuma and the Nagaoka, an improved and expanded map that will add the northern island of Hokkaido to the one included in the original game (Hokkaido didn’t play much of a role during the Sengoku era, so it wasn’t included in Shogun 2). New buildings and features like railways and naval bombardment will also be available.
The expansion will also feature 39 new land units and 10 new ships, including Gatling guns, US Marines,British Royal Marines, Steamers, Torpedo boats and Ironclads. There will also be coastal batteries to counter naval bombardment actions.
Finally, Fall of the Samurai will include three new agents, four new historical scenarios, new single battle mechanics and a completely revamped multiplayer mode.
I wonder if we’ll find “Algren-san” between the new units… One thing is for sure: I have unfinished business with those Gatling-using cowards. You can see the official trailer of the expansion below, together with the official box art and three screenshots.