Total War: Rome 2 Emperor Edition announced

New campaign, feature changes, and free for current players.

Sega has announced Total War: Rome 2 Emperor Edition, a new version of the strategy game that adds new content and feature changes.

It collects all the free content released so far as well as a new campaign pack expansion, Imperator Augustus.

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Existing Rome 2 players get all that for free when the Emperor Edition launches in September as an automatic update for PC and Mac.

Developer Creative Assembly said Imperator Augustus adds hundreds of hours of gameplay across a new map based on the Second Triumvirate War, which saw Octavian, Marc Antony and Lepidus vying to become the very first Emperor of Rome. You can tackle the campaign as various Roman and non-Roman factions, including Armenia for the first time.

It also includes a tweaked politics system, overhauled building chains, rebalanced battles and better visuals in campaign and battle.

"Rome 2 was far and away our most ambitious game," Total War creative director Mike Simpson said.

"We see more people playing, and playing for longer, than any other game in the Total War series. However, we take our players' feedback very seriously. Through the multitude of improvements and free content updates we've brought to Rome 2 since its launch, we've worked hard to try and meet their expectations. We want Emperor Edition to be remembered as one of our finest games."

Rome 2 launched in September 2013 and became the most successful game in the series, but many fans were left unhappy with frustrating bugs, puzzling AI behaviours and performance problems. Creative Assembly has released a raft of updates since in a bid to improve the game.

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