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Rome: Total War on track

Meanwhile everything else is slipping.

Activision wants everyone to know that Creative Assembly's Rome: Total War is on schedule for a late 2004 release. Given all the high profile slippage of late, that's nice to know - although by the end of next year we'll probably have all the games we're pining over this Christmas anyway.

As some of you may have seen on the BBC's historical wargame programme (it's quarter to nine in the morning, so the name eludes us), Rome captures massive armies and puts them to task on sprawling landscapes more expansive than we've ever seen before - even in its predecessor Medieval. The days of 10,000-strong on-screen armies are truly upon us. Someone should sign these guys up to do a Lord of the Rings game...