Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Creative Assembly

Alien: Isolation has gone gold, beware the approaching xenomorphs

Sega has announced that Alien: Isolation has gone gold. To begin the final countdown until its release next month, developer Creative Assembly has revealed the first of a new set of trailers focused on the theme of survival—well, a hashtag focused on the theme of survival, “#howwillyousurvive?” As might be expected, things don’t end well for the unnamed human trying to outrun rampaging xenomorphs.

Alien: Isolation is scheduled to launch on October 7 for 360, PC, PS3, PS4 and Xbox One.

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Total War: Rome II – Emperor Edition launching September 16

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Sega has announced that the upcoming Emperor Edition of Total War: Rome II will launch on September 16 for both Mac and Windows PC. Marked as the definitive version of the game, Emperor Edition will include all updates, all free DLC, and the upcoming free Imperator Augustus Campaign Pack. The Augustus pack will overhaul the building chains, politics system, and add a new campaign centered on the Second Triumvirate War. Steam users can currently opt-in to the latest beta patch to experience most of the changes now, though the campaign won’t be available until final release.

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Rome II – Emperor Edition, free Imperator Augustus pack announced

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Sega will be releasing an all-in-one version of Total War: Rome II, the Emperor Edition. This version will include all of the patches and free DLC released to date, which have added several factions and units since launch, and a new Campaign Pack expansion titled Imperator Augustus. Current owners should be happy to hear that Imperator Augustus will be a free download for them, which will add a new campaign map based on the Second Triumvirate War. Players will be able to select between Lepidus, Marc Antony, and Octavian in the three-way struggle for the Republic. The pack will also offer “an improved politics system, overhauled building chains, rebalanced battles, and improved visuals in both campaign and battle.” Some of the changes include the ability to avoid civil wars, the rebellion of the player’s own general and units if civil war does break out, and a greater emphasis on managing gravitas.

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Total War: Rome II gets one free, one for-pay character DLC pack

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Creative Assembly has released two new character packs for Rome II. The first, August Warriors Update, is a free add-on that includes three female warrior units (the sword-and-shield infantry Hex-Bearers for the Suebi garrison, the mounted archer Amazonian Riders for Royal Scythia and as mercenaries for Sarmati and Ponto-Caspia , and the mounted archer Scythian Noblewomen for Royal Scythia), four units for the Suebi (the Horse Runners elite skirmishers, the Spear Wall spear-and-shield infantry, the Round Shield Swordsmen, and the Riders of the Hunt spear cavalry). The for-pay pack, Daughters of Mars, includes seven new units for Rome, Lusitani, Sparta, and Suebi, which can slo be recruited as mercenaries in certain provinces. Additional info on each of the seven is available below.

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Alien: Isolation *beep … beep-beep* tracked for October release

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Over the weekend, Sega announced that Creative Assembly’s Alien: Isolation will be launching online and in stores on October 7. The survival-horror adventure title is taking a less action-oriented approach in comparison to its shooter predecessors, and will instead focus on the sense of paranoia and fear felt by the crew in the original film.

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CA details approach to Alien: Isolation in new developer video

A new behind-the-scenes trailer has been released from Total War creator Creative Assembly’s upcoming Alien: Isolation. The nearly three-and-a-half-minute video features several members of the development team discussing their plans to recreate the feelings of isolation and powerlessness that were so prevalent in the 1979 original film. One way the studio hopes to achieve this is by breaking from the trend of basing gameplay around scripted events and opting for a more reactive design.

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Total War: Rome II to get Hannibal at the Gates, free DLC this month

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Creative Assembly will be following up their Caesar in Gaul downloadable expansion for Total War: Rome II with a new add-on, Hannibal at the Gates. Scheduled to launch on March 27, the new pack will focus on the Second Punic War with a new 19-province campaign map, three new playable factions (Arevaci, Lusitani, and Syracuse), 12-turn years, and new diplomacy-centric civil tech trees for Carthage and Rome. Free DLC was also announced, but no details were given. Additionally, a tenth patch is currently in beta and should also be out soon.

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Creative Assembly releases beta Assembly Kit for Total War: Rome II

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Creative Assembly has released a beta version of their new Assembly Kit for Total War: Rome II. The suite of mod tools is a free download from Steam’s Tools section, and has been designed to allow for easier modification of Rome II’s databases as well as graphical assets—animations, models, textures—and initial campaign starting positions. The download comes packed with example data, including animation sets and soldiers, as well as the game’s entire database backend. Completed mods can then be uploaded to Steam’s Workshop, and are subsequently available for download from the game’s launcher. The release noted that there are already over a thousand mods.

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Call the ashigaru! Total War: Shogun 2 Gold Edition launches for PC

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The new Shogun collection, Total War: Shogun 2 Gold Edition, has hit store shelves. The set includes the original title, Shogun 2, as well as its two expansions, Rise of the Samurai and Fall of the Samurai. The various downloadable clan packs are not included.

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Total War: Rome II – Battle of Teutoburg Forest trailer released

Sega has released a new trailer for Total War: Rome II featuring the famous ambush of Teutoburg Forest, a lethal blow for Rome’s ambitions in Germania and one of the playable historical battles. The minute-long clip showcases the series’ new graphics engine, and the scenario will feature the new true line-of-sight system and deployable battlefield tech.

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