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Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Rome: Total War
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.
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.
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.
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.
Creative Assembly has released two new behind-the-scenes videos for their upcoming strategy title Total War: Rome II. The first video, The Unmaking of Carthage, details the new tactical map as well as how naval battles will be combined with land combat. The second video is a more laid-back discussion about unit and city variety with lead unit designer Jack Lusted.
Sega has released a new trailer showing in-game footage from Creative Assembly’s upcoming Total War entry, Total War: Rome II. But don’t let the length fool you: most of the run time is from an extended post-footage ad that shows the previous live-action trailer. Those wanting to see more of Carthage getting their comeuppance from Scipio and the legions will have to wait a bit longer.