And that's the point of Total War Sagas.
In 878, the Vikings have established themselves on the British mainland, but the native kings have not yet been subjugated - and certainly not Alfred of Wessex.
"Unlike our era-spanning titles, we're putting defined geographical areas under the microscope, building super-detailed campaign maps with a strong cultural focus and flavour that players can dive into", says series director Mike Simpson.
A Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia will be available as both a digital download and a physical boxed product from selected retailers. "This will complement our broader-scope titles perfectly".
Thrones of Britannia will feature the same tactical, turn-based strategy gameplay that the Total War series is known for. Britannia is a furnace of possibilities, from which the template for modern Britain will be forged, across the most detailed Total War campaign map ever made. While all the factions are yet to be revealed so far CA confirm that Viking settlers, Anglo-Saxons and "certain Gaelic clans" will be among them.
Throughout this sceptred isle, the kings of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales sense a time of change approaching; a time of opportunity. There will be war.
King Alfred was, in fact, so good at fighting Vikings that he's one of only two English monarchs to have been given the epithet "the Great".