Total War: Rome 2 News

Steam users review bomb Total War: Rome 2 over female characters

Steam users review bomb Total War: Rome 2 over female characters

But Creative Assembly says the game is working as intended.

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.

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Total War: Rome 2's Desert Kingdoms expansion launches next month, brings four new factions

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.

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Creative Assembly announces Total War Saga, a historical spinoff series

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.

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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.

A game jam in his honour

Total War/Alien dev Creative Assembly remembers dearly departed friend.

Behind the games we play there are people, and sometimes sad things happen to those people.

Total War: Rome 2 - Emperor Edition release date announced

Total War: Rome 2 - Emperor Edition release date announced

Imperator Augustus Campaign trailer released.

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.

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Total War: Rome 2 Emperor Edition announced

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.

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

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Total War: Rome 2 Pirates and Raiders DLC announced

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.

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How are Sega's video games selling?

Rome 2 breaks 1m barrier. But what about Football Manager, Sonic and CoH2?

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.

Total War: Rome 2 Hannibal at the Gates DLC arrives alongside free update

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.

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Rome 2 expansion Caesar in Gaul announced

Rome 2 expansion Caesar in Gaul announced

UPDATE: delayed slightly to 17th December.

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.

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Total War: Rome 2 confirmed for Steam Machines

Total War: Rome 2 confirmed for Steam Machines

"We've always wanted the Total War franchise to be enjoyed by living room..."

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.

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Second Total War: Rome 2 patch out now

Second Total War: Rome 2 patch out now

Includes over 100 changes and fixes.

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.

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First Total War: Rome 2 patch out this Friday

First Total War: Rome 2 patch out this Friday

UPDATE: out now. Only 2% of players reporting technical problems, CA claims.

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.

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Total War: Rome 2 release date is Tuesday, 3rd September worldwide

Total War: Rome 2 release date is Tuesday, 3rd September worldwide

The 110 Collector's Edition has a replica catapult for god's sake!

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.

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A first real look at Total War: Rome 2 gameplay in action

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.

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EGXFirst ever live code demo of Rome 2 in Eurogamer Expo developer session

Publisher SEGA also bringing playable Aliens: Colonial Marines, The Cave and Hell Yeah!

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.

The future of Total War

The problem with consoles hasn't been controllers, it's been power.

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.

Creative Assembly reveals new Total War: Rome 2 information

Studio director Mike Simpson talks a day ahead of Rezzed.

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.

Total War: Rome 2 announced for 2013

Total War: Rome 2 announced for 2013

Biggest budget and campaign yet, new personal slant.

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.

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