Total War dev: iPad is a console

After years of making the Total War series of strategy games for PC and console, The Creative Aseembly has hit the mobile market today with the release of Total War Battles: Shogun. And, while the iPad platform may seem different to outside observers, the project lead for the team said creating the game was much like developing it for a console.

In an interview with Develop, Creative Assembly's Renaud Charpentier said a brand new team was created to develop the game. But because the iPad is 'fixed hardware,' the development was much the same as creating games for the PS3 or Xbox 360. Developing games for the PC requires adaptation for less-powerful systems, while iPad requires no such limitations, he said. "From a working perspective now the game is finished I can say it is a console."

Total War Battles: Shogun debuts on the App Store offering 27 main missions, numerous side quests and plenty of unit upgrades. The game also offers three multiplayer modes for one-on-one combat. The game sells for $6.99.