'Total War: Battles Kingdom' Beta Now Open On PC, Trailer Shows Off The Free-To-Play Features [VIDEO]

By Matthew Buzzi , Updated Apr 10, 2015 01:58 PM EDT

The Creative Assembly has been busy with multiple releases, preparing content updates for Total War: Attila, working on Total War: Arena, and developing whatever other unknown projects are in the works.

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Another one of these titles is Total War Battles: Kingdom, which is now available in beta. The free-to-play game is a mobile game that can be played across tablets and computers. As you may suspect, it's quite different from the traditional Total War games, with time-based elements and other F2P mechanics. You can watch the beta trailer below.

The beta is open, so anyone can sign up and begin playing. It's only available on PC right now, but the full game is saved online to keep a persistent world across your devices at any time. You can create your own kingdom with the ability to place roads and cut down trees, building cities and terraforming the land to suit your desires. The game takes place in England, at the start of the 10th century. The battles are more of a rock-paper-scissors of unit types than the traditional experience (in which that system is an element, but not the basis of each battle) and you'll have to choose wisely.

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The initial user reviews (read: a grain of salt) on the Steam page are not particularly kind, but you should try it out for yourself if interested. Phrases such as pay to win are thrown around derisively, but many of them center on the idea that free to play games don't belong on computers. If you're not morally opposed to the concept, check it out on the Steam page here.

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