Total War: Shogun 2 was one of our favourite games of 2011, nabbing the #17 slot on our countdown of last year’s finest releases, and the first official stand-alone expansion pack – subtitled Fall of the Samurai – has just had its release date announced by SEGA. It’s due to hit the PC towards the end of March this year, and is now available for pre-order at zavvi.com.

This massive-scale, standalone expansion to Total War: Shogun 2 offers a completely new experience to players. Six new playable clans, including those supporting a modern imperial Japan such as the Satsuma, and those allied with the old Shogun like the Nagaoka, are now available. Three great foreign powers must also be dealt with: America, Britain and France all have a vested interest in Japan’s future. How will you treat them? All this plays out across an expanded and improved campaign map, covering new island provinces in the far north and featuring all-new building and technology trees as well as brand new features such as railways and naval bombardments, seen for the first time in a Total War title.

As well as the upgrades to the campaign map, brand new units and abilities are also added to Total War: Shogun 2’s epic battles. On Land, thirty nine new units are introduced including Gatling guns, US Marines and British Royal Marines. War at sea also changes, with ten new ship types including massive, artillery-bearing steamers, torpedo boats and mighty Ironclad battleships, allowing you to call naval artillery strikes directly into land battles. Coastal batteries can also attack your shipping, so watch out for well-defended ports!

With three new agent types on the campaign map to choose from, four new historical scenarios, brand new siege-battle mechanics and a huge upgrade to Total War: SHOGUN 2’s multiplayer game, the list of additions is as epic as the conflict in Total War: Shogun 2 – The Fall of the Samurai.

Fight one last time for Japan’s future, as the age of the Samurai comes face to face with the explosive power of modern weaponry. The fate of all Japan is in your hands.

Total War: Shogun 2 – Fall of the Samurai is currently due for the release on the PC on Friday, March 23rd 2012.

Watch the trailer for Total War: Shogun 2 – Fall of the Samurai below:

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