Posts tagged Total War: Rome 2
Sega and Creative Assembly have finally announced the release date for the long awaited sequel in the massively acclaimed Total War series, Rome 2. To celebrate the September 3rd launch across all regions and platforms, info on the collector’s edition and bonuses to those who pre-order have also been announced.
For players that pre-order the title from participating retailers, they will be entitled to the game’s first DLC pack free of charge. The Greek States Culture packs will add three playable factions – Epirus, Athens and Sparta – to the game for day one of release.
As well as that, the Rome II Collector’s Edition will be limited to 22,000 copies. In a uniquely carved, steelbook case, the edition will also feature playing cards, Tessarae dice, a canvas campaign map, a Tabula set – the forerunner to Backgammon – and a Roman Onager siege catapult model.
Hate paying for day one DLC? Like free things? Creative Assembly feel exactly the same way and have announced free DLC for Total War: Rome 2, coming to all players launch day. A playable faction, the Pontus bring the current total up to nine. Situated in the cold mountains surrounding the Black Sea, they are characterised by their scythed chariots, able to slice straight through enemies. But Creative Assembly can tell you a little better in the above video.
Fans of Total War have likely already seen the recently released video walkthrough of the Battle of Teutoburg Forest, which was a spoil enough after whetting our appetites with a trailer of the same battle. Likewise, I’m personally excited to play (also free) MOBA Total War: Arena and my eyes are staying peeled on that. Creative Assembly clearly like their fingers in lots of pies, as I wouldn’t be surprised to hear about a possible Alien title soon too (which is nothing to do with that Aliens title, either!)
If you weren’t excited enough by the recently released trailer for the Battle of Teutoburg Forest, Creative Assembly have released a follow up video walkthrough of the battle, narrated by the staff themselves. It’s pre-alpha footage so not entirely representative of the final product, and covers the battle that saw German tribesman spring a surprise attack on Roman forces.
Rome 2 is expected in the later part of the year, and Creative Assembly fans might also be interested in their newly announced free-to-play MOBA Total War: Arena, the rumoured Alien title that may still be in production and the fact Creative Assembly director Tim Heaton is currently overseeing Relic Entertainment coming up to their launch of Company of Heroes 2.
There’s been rumours that some gamers have been doubting the the capabilities of Total War: Rome II‘s in-game engine. In response developer Creative Assembly have created a secret weapon to convert all non-believers; an absolutely humongous screenshot.
Weighing in at a hefty 30000 x 9785 pixels (no, that’s not a typo) the panoramic shot of The Battle of the Teutoburg Forest is breath taking. The battle, in which a group of Germanic tribes slaughter several Roman legions, will be playable in Total War: Rome II, which is due for release later this year.
Check out the screenshot on the official Total War Wiki and let us know what you think in the comments below.
In the summer of 2012 a Total War fan by the name of James was invited to play the upcoming Total War: Rome 2 at UK based Creative Assembly Studios far before the game had even reached an alpha stage. James and his brother toured the building, met and spoke with key developers and even offered his own suggestions as to how to improve on the game from previous titles. Perhaps the greatest part of his trip though was being immortalised as a Roman soldier who will be present in the game’s reenactment of the Siege of Carthage.
James was given this fantastic opportunity by British charity Willow who organise incredibly special days out for the terminally ill. Sadly, James succumbed to liver cancer shortly after his visit to Creative Assembly. Total War community manager Craig Laycock shared his memories of James in a recent article on Eurogamer:
When I recently learned that James had died, it was devastating. Even though I had only spent a few hours in his company, it was absolutely devastating, because he was able to show us all here in the studio how passionate he was for our games.
In many ways, James represented what’s best about working in video games: crafting games that people enjoy and that stay with them. It’s why we all do what we do, and why we’re so passionate about it. He really brought that home to us.
More words from Laycock on James’ visit can be read via the source.
Sega today released a new trailer for their upcoming addition to the Total War series by Creative Assembly, Rome II. A playable battle within the game, it features Rome’s crushing defeat to united Germanic tribes in The Battle of Of Teutoburg Forest.
The trailer exhibits some of the title’s new features, including their “true line-of-sight system, deployable battlefield technology” and their “tense new style of ambush scenarios.” It also features some seriously angry dogs. You can also catch the game’s first gameplay trailer here.
We can expect Total War: Rome II this October.
To promote the upcoming Total War: Rome 2, Sega has set up a four book series deal with publisher Thomas Dunne Books. The novels are due to hit late next year starting with the first launching next October. The books are due to be written by David Gibbins, a successful writer who has been known to draw from his archaeologist background for his various adventure stories.
When talking to The Book Seller publisher Jeremy Trevathan explained his excitement for the upcoming cross-promotion:
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 ‘story-telling’ within the games and around the games.
So it looks like Total War fans have a lot of stuff to look forward to! However with the games release date still unannounced it will be a while until these goodies surface. In the meantime we’ll keep you updated on all the cross-promotion that’s sure to continue until the game launches next year.
Sega has just released the trailer you see above, along with this description of the game’s story:
The year is 146BC, brilliant tactician Scipio Aemilianus is dispatched by Rome to break the three-year-long siege of Carthage, an unforgivable blight on the glory of the growing Empire. Ruthless determination and an almost suicidal amphibious assault is required, but the young consul is uncomfortably aware that the price of victory may be much higher than the senate realizes.
As you might expect from anything done by Creative Assembly, Rome II is already looking stunningly beautiful. I don’t know about you, but I didn’t even realize there was gameplay in this trailer until I was finished watching it. The visuals are just that pretty.
Even with the limited information we currently have, the latest entry in the Total War series is already looking like the perfect continuation to the fan favorite original. Anyone frothing at the mouth yet?
Total War fans and those eager for the recently announced Total War: Rome II will be glad to hear that series developer Creative Assembly have stated at this year’s Gamescom that the company and the atmosphere within has not been affected by the Sega’s restructuring earlier this year. Communications manager Al Bickham had the following to say on the matter:
It hasn’t affected us in any way, in terms of our aims. We have a fantastic relationship with SEGA, and they trust us to make great games, which we’ve been doing for 25 years now. They see us as one of the jewels in their crown. Total War consistently scores around the 90 mark on Metacritic, every iteration has done well, and we have a really strong philosophy of support in terms of new content after launch.
So yeah, we’re just going to keep doing what we’re doing. And with Rome II, that’s a big job. We’ve got a lot to do still, but we’re in a really good place, and we’ve opened the doors on what we think is going to be the most spectacular, epic-in-scope but focused in details version of Total War.
Sega Europe’s offices may be officially closed, but that hasn’t killed the publisher’s ongoing relationship with European developer Creative Assembly and their popular Total War series. In fact, a brand new entry has been unveiled, and it will be bringing the series back to its most lauded chapter, the Roman Empire.
While Shogun 2 has been showered with praise for pushing the genre to its limits with an ambitious, sweeping scope and endlessly deep gameplay, Rome is still held by many as the pinnacle of the series nearly a decade after its initial release. The folks at Creative Assembly are acutely aware of this, and as Brand Director Rob Bartholemew points out, it’s the perfect place to take the series to the next level,
“In our 25th year of games development, it feels fitting to return to our most critically acclaimed era. There’s been a multi-generational leap in technology since the original game and we are ready to set another benchmark in gaming.”
Based on what we’ve seen from the series so far, it’s easy to take this undertaking very seriously. Unfortunately, we won’t see if these promises come to fruition until the game is released in 2013. For now you can check out the epic live-action trailer above and dream of what could be.
Anybody shocked and/or psyched about this announcement? I’ve never been a fan of the series, but I can totally see why people dig into such immersing, historically engaging games. As one of Sega’s four “safe” major IPs, it has to be doing something right.