Total War: Rome 2 has suffered a Steam review bombing run over women characters and a recent update - but it turns out the game is working as intended.
Creative Assembly's PC strategy game, which came out in 2013, saw hundreds of new negative Steam reviews this week over the frequency with which women generals show up in the game and related claims about historical accuracy.
The update that added women to the game came out six months ago, on 20th March, but the recent complaints appear to have stemmed from the emergence an image, below, which shows a raft of female generals in one person's game. A cropped version of this image was then used by some to claim the March patch forces players to use female generals in every faction of the game.
Remember Time Commanders? The BBC show that saw people command a virtual army in famous historical battles was played on Total War - but it didn't tell viewers that.
Creative Assembly has announced that Total War: Rome 2 will receive a Desert Kingdoms Culture Pack on March 8th, bringing with it four new playable factions. A free Female Leaders update will be made available to all players on the same day.
The Desert Kingdoms expansion follows on from November's Empire Divided DLC - the first major expansion for Total War: Rome 2 since 2014. Desert Kingdoms' headline feature is, of course, it's four new factions: the Kingdoms of Kush, Saba, Nabatea, and Masaesyli - all native to the deserts of Africa and Arabia.
"While culturally similar, each faction boasts unique new unit rosters which offer different military strengths", says Creative Assembly. Each faction features new building chains and technology trees, and comes with its own unique Faction Traits.
Total War: Rome 2 is set to receive a new "grand-scale" campaign pack at the end of the month, entitled Empire Divided.
Creative Assembly has announced plans for a new set of Total War games which focus on much smaller moments in history than its major titles.
The Total War Saga series of games will offer the standard turn-based campaign and real-time battles you'd expect, but with a focus on conflicts that last just a few weeks or months.
We saw something a bit like this with the release of Fall of the Samurai, the standalone expansion to Total War: Shogun 2, which spanned a much shorter period than the base game.
Time Commanders, a TV show built around the Total War series of strategy games, is back for its third series after more than a decade off the box.
Rome: Total War, the whole thing, has been released on iPad. Can you believe it? Seems like only yesterday I was studiously sat at my computer conquering Europe and defying the Pope, and now you can do it on an iPad. What's that? It was 12 years ago? Right I see. That's... cheered me up.
The outstanding Total War series has been around for 15 years, and to celebrate, you can play the games for free this weekend via Steam. Should be just enough time to conquer a continent.
Sega and strategy specialist Creative Assembly have accidentally revealed the game we all knew was in the works: Total War: Warhammer.
Behind the games we play there are people, and sometimes sad things happen to those people.
Total War: Rome 2 - Emperor Edition launches on 16th September 2014 for PC and Mac, Sega has announced.
The Emperor Edition comes with the Imperator Augustus Campaign Pack DLC, which is free to all current players of the strategy game. A new trailer for the DLC is below.
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.
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.
Existing Rome 2 players get all that for free when the Emperor Edition launches in September as an automatic update for PC and Mac.
UPDATE 30/05 12PM BST: It's out now. This guy's in it:
ORIGINAL STORY 22/05 3PM BST: There's a new Pirates and Raiders Culture Pack coming to Total War: Rome 2 that apparently adds the first playable Thracian and Dacian factions to the game, Creative Assembly told Eurogamer at an event today.
Those factions are clustered in the Balkan area of Europe, and they are the Ardiaei, the Odrysian Kingdom and Tylis. They've got their own new battlefield units, new naval units and new cultural traits.
Sega has released its financial results for the year ending 31st March 2014, and so we get some firm figures for its video game slate.
Developer Creative Assembly today releases the Hannibal at the Gates downloadable content for strategy game Total War: Rome 2. It costs £9.99 from Steam.
Hannibal at the Gates takes place during the Second Punic War, and sees the Republic of Rome and the trading empire of Carthage go at it. Included are three new factions: the Arevaci, the Lusitani and Syracuse. Each has unique traits, units and campaign start position.
To coincide with the release of the DLC, CA has rolled out the free Seasons & Wonders update. This includes a unit roster expansion for Carthage, Twitch streaming support, new wonders, touchscreen support and introduces seasons into the Grand Campaign.
Creative Assembly has insisted it did not intentionally mislead players of Rome 2: Total War after it was accused of holding back cut content to use as post-release paid-for DLC.
Sega's Valentine's Day promotion for Rome 2: Total War and Company of Heroes 2 has downloadable content at stake.
UPDATE: Creative Assembly has delayed slightly the Caesar in Gaul campaign pack to Tuesday 17th December "in order to give us a bit more time to squeeze in some additions to the accompanying patch".
"The good news is that the extra changes we're squeezing in will have a knock-on benefit to the main game, so even if you don't purchase the DLC you'll still see improvements," the studio said.
Patch eight will be released at the same time as the DLC. The update makes technical and performance improvements, including crash fixes, adds a new culture system and further improves the AI.
Creative Assembly has announced a Steam Machine version of strategy game Total War: Rome 2.
The Steam Machine version will support Valve's new SteamOS and Steam Controller, set for release next year.
"We've always wanted the Total War franchise to be enjoyed by living room gamers, but the limitations of traditional hardware made our style of game play impossible," said Creative Assembly's Rob Bartholomew.
Yesterday Sega released downloadable content for Total War: Rome 2 that adds blood and gore to the game for £2.
The Creative Assembly has released the much-anticipated second patch for strategy game Total War: Rome 2.
It addresses a raft of technical and performance issues as well as AI pathfinding problems, and includes over 100 fixes.
A new "Limited" option has been added to the "Show AI Player Moves" settings in single-player and multiplayer campaign modes. This lets the player see all movement of enemy factions, all movement within the players regions and all movement within sea that the player has ports in during the AI turns.
UPDATE: Rome 2's first patch has been released, Creative Assembly has announced.
Patch two comes out next week.
"We are working flat out to fix the two per cent of Rome 2 players reporting technical problems," Creative Assembly said.
Total War: Rome 2 developer Creative Assembly has detailed its upcoming content plan for its highly-anticipated strategy sequel.
Those who purchase Sega's upcoming strategy title Total War: Rome 2 will receive early beta access to developer Creative Assembly's side project, the free-to-play MOBA Total War: Arena.
The question of "will Total War: Rome 2 run on my computer?" has been answered - the system specs have been released.
Rezzed, The PC and Indie Games Show returns for a second year this June 22nd-23rd at The NEC building in Birmingham. And now the first playable games have been confirmed.
Total War: Rome 2 will be released worldwide on Tuesday, 3rd September, Sega has announced.
You can pre-order it now and, if you do, you'll get Rome 2's first lump of DLC - the Greek States Culture Pack, which adds three extra playable factions (Epirus, Athens and Sparta) - for free.
If you want to go one better, grab the Collector's Edition, bound in a "leather-effect" presentation box. It's got a magnetic closure you know.
Creative Assembly has released an 11-minute gameplay video of Total War: Rome 2, showing the game for the first time from the user-interface-overlaid perspective of you, the commander, the player.
The scenario is the Battle of Teutoborg, where the Romans were ambushed and suffered a huge defeat.
Narrator Al Bickham from Creative Assembly takes control of the Roman forces during the fight and talks us through what he's doing as he does it, discussing the strengths and weaknesses of units and the tactics you could employ. You might recognise his name - he once contributed some reviews to this site.
This week at the Game Developers Conference Creative Assembly announced Total War: Arena, a new free-to-play multiplayer spin-off that, on the face of it, sounds very much like a MOBA.
Every so often something stops the wheel of time and we pause, zoom out and see the world from a different perspective.
"People always bang on about PC dying", Dom Starr, the campaign designer of Total War: Rome 2, told Eurogamer.
Sit quietly for a glimpse at Total War: Rome 2 gameplay as you watch a recreation of the historical battle of Teutoburg Forest, where the Romans suffered a crushing defeat.
Total War has been around for longer than a decade, its numerous instalments familiar sights on shop shelves. But in recent Steam-years things have changed for PC games: most copies are distributed digitally.
I've spoken to Creative Assembly and it's confirmed that Total War: Rome 2 will require Steam.
Sega's just announced that the original Rome: Total War will be sold for £1 on Steam this weekend. The Total War: Master Collection, which contains seven TW games, will be just £26.23.
The Total War: Rome 2 gameplay footage shown to the public for the first time at Rezzed this summer has been polished up and released to the masses.
Conspiracist David Icke is up in arms because Sega won't let him use a song that belongs to Total War.
Those of you who came along to Rezzed this July were privileged to check out a small glimpse of Rome 2, The Creative Assembly's newest instalment in the all-conquering conquer-'em-up Total War series. If you're coming to the Eurogamer Expo, however, you'll witness the first public demonstration of playable code in an exclusive Creative Assembly developer session.
Total War: Rome 2, shrouded in pre-pre-alpha secrecy, has flashed a little more leg at Gamescom, via a clutch of new screenshots.
Eurogamer has spoken to Creative Assembly studio director Mike Simpson about the future of Total War. What new historical settings are under discussion? Will there be more remakes? What about consoles? Those questions, and more, are answered in the article below.
Total War: Rome 2 will deliver "a darker vision of war", lead designer Jamie Russell told a packed Rezzed audience this afternoon in Brighton.
Friends, readers, countrymen - Rome 2: Total War has been announced, and Eurogamer has sat down with Creative Assembly studio director Mike Simpson to find out loads more about it the studio's presentation at the Rezzed game show tomorrow.
On my signal, do your best to evoke Gladiator!
Sega has announced that The Creative Assembly's next Total War game will be Rome 2, a sequel to its critically acclaimed 2004 strategy classic, Rome: Total War.
The game's due for release in 2013; at a recent preview event, The Creative Assembly told Eurogamer to expect it in the "second half" of next year.
After the narrow geographical focus of Shogun 2, the Total War series is returning to empire-building on a grand scale with Rome 2, which will feature the series' "most expansive turn-based campaign and the largest, most cinematic real-time battles". According to the developer, it's working with its biggest budget yet.