Sega Europe is extending the universe of its popular Total War franchise of strategic war games, into the world of adult fiction for the first time with its latest title Total War Rome II.
The deal with Pan Macmillan will see a series of four historical adventure novels based on the popular game, written by best-selling author David Gibbins.
Gibbins, a prolific adventure novel writer, will work with the brands game developers, Creative Assembly, to create the original stories.
The first book in the series is due for release worldwide in September, alongside the release of the latest game.
Luigi Bonomi, who handled the deal on behalf of Sega, said: "I have been a great fan of the Total War games series for years and when asked to represent them with a view to finding the right author to novelise the games.
"I couldn't think of a more perfect match than David Gibbins."
A previous teacher of archaeology and ancient history, author Gibbins, said: "I'm thrilled to be part of this venture.
"What really attracts me about the Total War games is their historical authenticity and attention to detail, as well as the contexts ranging from antiquity to more recent times that closely match my own range of interests.
"My novels will not only enrich the experience for Total War players but also stan alone in the wider market, where I see huge potential and an even bigger audience for the Total War franchise."
Jeremy Trevathon of Pan Macmillan, added: "We are delighted to be working with one of the most successful games franchises on the market.
"What is also particularly exciting is that they have an in-built, committed community of players who are emotionally engaged with the games and who have told their researchers that they are hungry for more storytelling within and around the games."
Sega and Pan Macmillan will work together to cross-promote the original novels, including innovative marketing within the game itself.
For more information and to watch the exclusive teaser trailer, head to www.totalwarbooks.com.
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