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The Republic has sent out the call for service and summoned new units to the legions in Hegemony Rome: The Rise of Caesar’s Mercenaries DLC pack. The $4.99 download adds six new mercenary units: Dacian swordsmen, Garamante spearmen, Iberian swordsmen, Sarmation lancers, Suione raiding ships, and Thracian peltasts. For early adopters who haven’t updated in a while, the ability to hire mercenaries in lieu of traditional soldiers was added after the game was released.
Longbow has announced that Hegemony Rome: The Rise of Caesar will make the leap from Steam Early Access to full launch on May 15. A boxed retail version will also ship out on May 30. As the famous dictator, players will battle Gallic tribes throughout Western Europe as they relive the events depicted in Caesar’s famous Commentaries on the Gallic War and go beyond to fight in new battles. The latest installment of the Hegemony series is said to feature ten times the terrain detail over previous entries, the ability to appoint officers as governors, new construction options, a refined supply system, and “over one million square kilometers that are seamlessly zoomable, from the Mediterranean coast to the shores of Britannia.”
Another update has hit for the Steam Early Access version of Longbow’s Hegemony Rome: The Rise of Caesar. The new download adds campaign Chapter 4 (Men Believe What They Wish), which pits Rome’s final dictator against the fabled Gallic leader Vercingetorix, rebalances siege mechanics, addresses problems with group formations, and fixes several bugs. The new features are still being worked on, so be sure to keep an eye on the forum.
The Senate has extended Caesar’s command in Gaul today, courtesy of Longbow Games. The Steam Early Access version of the studio’s in-development title Hegemony Rome: The Rise of Caesar has received its second major update. The download includes a number of bug fixes, improves enemy combat AI, and adds some new features as well as the third chapter of the campaign. The full list of additions and changes, as well as a new developer walkthrough, is available below.
The next entry in Longbow’s Hegemony series, The Rise of Caesar, will be joining Steam Early Access on February 12. As part of the program, players will be able to purchase the title at a discounted price and try the campaign’s first two chapters and most of the features, offering an estimated 12 hours of gameplay. Longbow will also be hosting a walkthrough of the game on their Twitch.tv channel on February 12 at 3 PM (CST) and on 13 at 7 PM (CST). Questions can be submitted to Longbow and publisher Kasedo beforehand on Kasedo’s Facebook page and during the demonstrations via the hashtag #Hegemony_Live at @KasedoGames on Twitter, both sets will be answered after the stream.
Kalypso has announced the first title to be distributed under their digital-first label Kasedo Games (formerly Kobalt Games), Hegemony Rome: The Rise of Caesar. The upcoming strategy game from Longbow Digital Arts is a follow-up to Hegemony: Philip of Macedon, and will feature four campaigns modeled after Caesar’s famous campaign using his own commentary, Commentarii de Bello Gallico. There will be over 100 objectives for players to tackle throughout Gaul, Germania, and Britannia. A sandbox mode will be included as well, with over 20 playable factions. In addition to Philip of Macedon’s emphasis on maintaining efficient supply lines, Rome will add the ability to construct bridges and forts as well as appoint experienced officers as governors.
Longbow Games’ excellent strategy title Hegemony Gold: Wars of Ancient Greece is now available on Steam. The $19.99 download ($9.99 if you are upgrading to Gold) includes three campaigns and a sandbox mode. Gamers dreaming of a glorious Macedonian empire can play The Rise of Philip to set the groundwork as Philip of Macedon. The famous Peloponnesian War is also represented, with the two remaining campaigns, The Archidamian War and The Ionian War, pitting players against Sparta as Athens and then against Athens as Sparta.