One of the most promising entries in SEGA’s historical strategy franchise finally arrives on PC.

By Jason Venter | @jasonventer | 2-18-2015 | 12:00PM

If you are the sort of person who is inclined to believe historians, then you probably accepted a long time ago that Attila the Hun was not a nice guy. Okay, fine. His villainy is certainly no reason to refuse him top billing in a new video game, and the team at Creative Assembly must have realized as much. Accordingly, the next title in the Total War series is called Total War: Attila, and it features the warmongering general.

“The Dark Ages approach,” wrote a SEGA PR person in today’s press release. “A time of famine, disease and war, where refugees in their thousands flee from a sweeping tide of destruction and death. Desperate barbaric tribes rally against the ailing might of a dying and divided Roman empire; the light of civilization gutters and dims. In the great steppes of Scythia, a vast and terrifying force gathers, led by a warrior king whose thirst for conquest is utterly unequalled.”

In case it’s not obvious, Attila the Hun would be that warrior king. He’s not the game’s hero, though. You are the noble individual, and you have a problem: Attila has chosen to invade your homeland. Now, you must lead your people in a desperate struggle to survive.

“In the next installment of the multi award-winning Total War series of strategy games,” adds today’s press release, “Total War: ATTILA introduces exciting new gameplay mechanics which improve and add to numerous core turn-based and real-time Total War systems.”

SEGA is calling the resulting concoction “survival strategy.” We’ve embedded a brief trailer in case you’d like to catch a glimpse of everything in motion. The footage mostly shows what you’d expect: a lot of soldiers, horses and close-quarters combat, with corpses lying about as flames and smoke rise in the distance.

Total War: Attila is available now for PC and Mac, with an MSRP of $49.99.

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