The Creative Assembly says Saving Private Ryan has been a big inspiration for Total War: Rome 2.
Brand director Rob Bartholomew told MCV that the studio is attempting to ratchet up the drama in the upcoming strategy game in a bid to "affect you more deeply this time around".
"We've got naval battle and land battles interacting for the first time, so you can throw ships up beaches and have people 'Saving Private Ryan-ing' it up the beach," he said.
"When I say Saving Private Ryan, that's a phrase we're using around the office a lot because we're trying to inject that real feeling of horrific warfare."
The studio plans to achieve this by using facial motion capture and investing more in animations.
"We want to create that level of human strife, drama and character on a very macro-scale amongst these gigantic battles at the same time," Bartholomew added.