While the rise of the MOBA has been a fascinating one, it's a shame that so few bandwagon-hoppers have tried to do anything particularly new with it. Or come up with a better name. The Creative Assembly today threw its hat in the general direction of the battle arena, announcing Total War: Arena, which does try something new. The free-to-play PC game will see 10v10 matches where each player controls three squads.
Players will have manual control over charges, aiming and firing--things that the AI previously handled--so it'll be a bit more twitchy, to make up for having fewer units. Of course, do remember that each unit in Total War games can contain hundreds of man-killers.
Russell said during a Q&A session afterwards that the game won't be set in a fixed time era and may see units from other periods introduced as add-on content, so we may get to answer important questions such as, who'd win in a fight between samurai and Roman legions?
You can sign up for beta testing at the official site.