Creative Assembly's Total War: Arena is having an open beta. The beta test brings a new faction - Carthage. The game doesn't have a set release date. All progress from the beta will carry over into the full release.
Creative Assembly currently has a bunch of turn-based strategy series in development. Those include Warhammer 2, Saga: Thrones of Britannia, Rome 2 and Three Kingdoms. Their Total War: Arena - the online only 10 vs 10 title - that will be published by Wargaming Alliance is having an open beta.
The open testing phase kicks off on 22 February 2018 and will "welcome all players, new and experienced", promises the announcement. The beta will bring a new faction along for the ride.
Carthage will fight alongside the current roster's Greeks, Romans and Barbarians. With the so-called "Father of Strategy" Hannibal Barca in charge, players will be given a chance to go to battle with war elephants and cause mammoth levels of destruction.
"We are proud and excited to share the results of our work with players all around the globe," Evgeniy Shukin, of publisher Wargaming Alliance, said in a statement. "Together with beta testers, we’ve crafted a game that easily lets newcomers jump in and start battling, while fulfilling the promise to seasoned veteran strategy players who have been at war for years."
Game director Gabor Beressy offered insight from Creative Assembly's perspective and said that "a passion for history and multiplayer gaming, combined with years of fine-tuning and hard work from both our developers and our valued players, has gone into bringing this Open Beta to the public. We can’t wait for new players to try out this unique Total War multiplayer experience, while we work on more factions and features to add to the Total War: Arena experience."
Total War: Arena doesn't have a set launch date yet, but the publishers from Wargaming have assured the players that all progress from the open beta will carry over to the fully released copy. Open beta sign-ups are through here.