Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

General

What is Medieval II: Kingdoms?
Medieval II: Kingdoms is the newest addition to the popular Total War series, released by the folks at The Creative Assembly and published by SEGA. It is an expansion to the popular Medieval II: Total War game.
How is it different from Medieval II: Total War or previous expansions to Total War games?
This is an expansion with so much more to offer than previous expansions. There are four diverse campaigns and these are: Brittania; Teutonic Crusades; Holy Land Crusades and the New World. There are 23 playable factions including Aztec and Native Americans as well as the awesome Crusader order, the Teutonic Knights. There will be over 150 new units including the Greek Flamethrower. You will be able to control multiple armies in battle and generals will have new abilities & traits with the possibility of getting actual historical leaders. Forts on the campaign map will become permanent features and the game will feature the hotseat multiplayer mode.
What is the timespan of the game?
It varies depending on the campaign you play. The Americas campaign begins in 1519, the Brittania campaign in 1258, Crusades in 1174 and the Teutonic campaign in 1250.
Tell me more about each campaign.
Americas Campaign
This campaign is set in 1519, when Hernán Cortés and the Spanish arrive in The Americas. Playing as Spain, players will have to rely on the Spanish homeland for reinforcements and supplies. The map covers Central America and the southern edge of Northern America.

Britannia Campaign
Starting in 1258, this campaign focuses on the wars in the British Isles, including baronial uprisings as well as the late Viking Invasions. The map covers the British Isles.

Crusades Campaign
This campaign, which starts in 1174, is about the Crusades and players can choose to be either the Crusaders or the Muslims in the fight for the Holy Land. The campaign covers the area from Constantinople to Baghdad. There will be several non-playable factions from the original game who will join crusades randomly.

Teutonic Campaign
Set in 1250, this campaign focuses the struggle between religions in Eastern Europe and the expansion of the Teutonic Order. The map covers the North-East Europe, from Denmark and Germany to Russia.

What are the minimum requirements?
We don't know yet what the minimum requirements will be to run the game but if you can run Medieval II: Total War on your computer, you should be okay. The requirements for Medieval II: Total War were as follows:
  • English version of Microsoft® Windows® 2000/XP.
  • Celeron 1.8GHz Pentium 4® (1500MHz) or equivalent AMD® processor.
  • 512MB RAM.
  • 8x Speed DVD-ROM drive (1200KB/sec sustained transfer rate) and latest drivers.
  • 11.0 Gigs of uncompressed free hard disk space.
  • 100% DirectX® 9.0c compatible 16-bit sound card and latest drivers.
  • 100% Windows® 2000/XP compatible mouse, keyboard and latest drivers.
  • DirectX® 9.0c.
  • 128MB Hardware Accelerated video card with Shader 1 support and the latest drivers.
  • Must be 100% DirectX® 9.0c compatible.
  • Monitor must be able to display 1024x768 resolution or above.
Is there a demo available?
No not yet but we will be linking it the minute it becomes available. It will probably have a playable battle for fans to get a taste of the action they can expect when they buy the full expansion.
About how much will it cost and when it is released?
It has not been released yet but Amazon have it on their page as being STG£14.98 on pre-order. Play.com have it available for EUR 23.49. Hope you can wait till the end of August which is when it will be released!!!
What is the game rated?
The game has a PEGI rating of Ages 16 and Over

Gameplay Information

How many and what factions are available?
There are 23 playable factions. Here is a complete listing of factions for each campaign.
Americas Campaign:
Playable Factions:
* Spain - yellow and red
* Aztecs - light blue and yellow
* Mayans - green and white
* Apachean Tribes - blue and brownish tan (brownish tan dominant)
* Chichimeca - black and red
* Tlaxcalans - orange and white
* Tarascans - yellow and black
Nonplayable Factions:
* France - blue and white
* England - red and yellow

Brittania Campaign:
Playable Factions:
* England - red and yellow. Three lions.
* Ireland - yellow and green. Harp.
* Scotland - dark blue and white. Saint Andrew' cross's.
* Wales - green and red. Dragon.
* Norway - dark blue and dark red (dark red dominant) Lion holding axe.
Non-Playable Factions:
* The Baron's Alliance

Crusades Campaign:
Playable Factions:
* Kingdom of Jerusalem - white and gold (white dominant). Gold Cross.
* Principality of Antioch - blue and red
* Egypt - gold and black. Crescent.
* Turks - green and yellow
* Byzantium - purple and white
Non-Playable Factions:
* The Mongols - dark green and cream
* Venice - dark red and yellow
* France - blue and white

Teutonic Campaign:
Playable Factions:
* Teutonic Order - white and black (white dominant)
* Lithuania - dark blue and red (dark blue dominant). Mounted soldier.
* Denmark - red and white.
* Novgorod - yellow and dark blue (yellow dominant)
* Poland - red and white.
* Holy Roman Empire - black and yellow.
Non-Playable Factions:
* Norway

For players new to Total War

What exactly is the Total War series?
The immensely popular series began with Shogun: Total War. After that was released Medieval: Total War, then Rome: Total War. After almost seven years in development, the current iteration is Medieval II: Total War.
How is the game played?
It is classified as an historic Real-Time Strategy game (RTS). You control your armies and your cities instead of playing through levels and shooting people down yourself. This type of game genre really allows for great amounts of strategic planning.
What is the campaign map?
The campaign map is almost a game in itself. It allows you to administrate settlements, armies, and conduct diplomacy between factions. In M2:TW, there are a great wealth of new features compared to the earlier games, from minor interface changes, to the large addition of papal elections and cardinals. This is likely to continue and be developed further for the new expansion.
What is the battle map?
When you attack or defend against an enemy army, you may choose to fight the battle yourself, controlling your army, against the foe[s]. This is where the graphics and most of the gameplay really shine. It is another “plane”, and you must use strategy to overcome your opponents.

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