Sega Europe Ltd has announced that they have bought Creative Assembly, the development company behind the successful Total War series of RTS games. The first game to be released under Sega will be Spartan: Total Warrior, the first time Creative Assembly has created a game for the home consoles.

Spartan: Total Warrior puts the player in control of a great warrior as you fight great armies, mythical beasts and legendary monsters. The game will feature massive battles, melee and projectile weapons, a wide variety of battlefields.

"All of us at CA are delighted to be working with SEGA, who share our vision of creating genre defining games," said Tim Ansell, Managing Director of The Creative Assembly. "Spartan: Total Warrior is an original game-play experience based upon dynamic, epic action-combat and we could find no better global partner than SEGA, who wrote the book on console gaming."

"'With Spartan: Total Warrior, CA has developed a title that offers both dynamic, real-time combat sequences and epic-sized battles; a combination that has never been technically accomplished on this generation of hardware," said Scott A. Steinberg, vice president of marketing, SEGA of America. "This partnership underscores SEGA's strategy to publish more great game content designed to appeal to western gamers."

"The Creative Assembly has delivered outstanding games from day one and Spartan: Total Warrior is another quality title befitting the exceptional standards of the team, Comments Matt Woodley, Marketing Director of SEGA Europe. They've delivered an epic game-play experience and have laid the foundation for what will be another hugely successful brand."

So, everyone seems pleased. We'll have to wait until September 2005 to find out if their happiness is justified, when the game will be released on PlayStation 2, Xbox and PC.