Total War: Pharaoh Announced; Coming in October

Published: May 23, 2023 11:25 AM /


Total War: Pharaoh, the Pharaoh is fascinated by a dung beetle... apparently.

Today Sega and Creative Assembly announced the next Total War game, and it's Total War: Pharaoh

With a rich roadmap for updates for Total War: Warhammer established, the franchise prepares to go back to historical settings, and this time to ancient Egypt. 


The new game will release for PC on Steam and Epic Games Store in October 2023, and it'll come in three formats. 

You can grab the standard version for $59.99, the Deluxe Edition for $72.87, and the Dynasty Edition for $91.46. Here's what they contain:

Deluxe Edition:


  • Total War: PHARAOH base game
  • DLC Faction Pack 1
  • Digital Soundtrack

Dynasty Edition:

  • Total War: PHARAOH base game
  • DLC Faction Pack 1
  • DLC Faction Pack 2
  • DLC Faction Pack 3
  • DLC Campaign Pack
  • Digital Soundtrack 

According to the announcement, the Deluxe Edition lets you save 10% on the total price of its content, while the Dynasty Edition brings the savings up to 25%.

At release, we're getting the following factions:


  • Egyptian: Ramesses, Seti, Tausret, Amenmesse
  • Canaanite: Bay and Irsu
  • Hittite: Kurunta and Suppiluliuma.

Pre-ordering the game grants you access during an early-access weekend, the Avatar of the Gods Cosmetic Pack, and the Heart of the Shardana Cosmetic pack. 

You can watch the trailer below, featuring... dung beetles?


Here's what you can expect from Total War: Pharaoh.

The Pharaoh is dead, and the people of Egypt, Canaan, and the Hittite empire cry out for a new leader. Many desire the power of the throne, but the path to becoming Pharaoh is a perilous one. As the leader of these great nations, you must overcome societal collapse, face natural disasters and fight to protect your people against invaders from far off lands. 
With a choice of eight Faction Leaders from three rich cultural hubs, step into their unique playstyles and take charge of deadly and diverse unit rosters. Whether you’re charming the courts as a peerless diplomat, charging into battle as an unwavering commander or causing chaos as a fearless warlord, become a leader that history will remember. 
On your journey to becoming Pharaoh, uncover a beautifully lush and vibrant recreation of Ancient Egypt at the height of its power. From the fertile banks of the river Nile to the windswept, arid deserts of the Sinai Peninsula and the mountainous crags of ancient Anatolia, this magnificent visual reimagining brings the beauty and brutality of Egypt’s most tumultuous era to life. 
Enemy armies aren’t the only challenges to overcome on the battlefield. Lead your soldiers through sudden and dramatic shifts in weather, such as thunderstorms and sandstorms, and witness the tides of battle turn as it directly impacts the surrounding terrain. Beware the threat of fire too, as battles can become engulfed in flames, striking and spreading across the battlefield as it burns forests and damages the foundations of enemy settlements. 
With a brand-new Campaign Customisation feature, no two campaigns will ever feel the same. Determine how you play with an extended range of campaign customisation options, such as random starting positions for all factions, detailed resource settings, the ability to toy with natural disasters and much more. With an abundance of options, stack the odds against yourself for an added challenge or become an unmatched power to breeze your way to victory. 

The press release also included a comment from Game Director Todor Nikolov:

There are few periods more iconic than Ancient Egypt; fraught with political intrigue, cataclysmic events and grand war campaigns, it's the perfect setting for a Total War title. As Pharaoh, you must save Egypt from the cusp of destruction and guide your people through the calamitous Bronze-Age collapse. It is up to you to either survive or fade into history.

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