Total War: Rome II

PC / Strategy / Release: Sep 3, 2013 / ESRB: RP

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Total War: Rome 2 gets free 'Seasons & Wonders' update, plus Hannibal DLC

Total War: Rome 2 gets free 'Seasons & Wonders' update, plus Hannibal DLC

Hannibal has been knocking for a few weeks, but the conqueror has finally broken through into Total War: Rome 2 with today's 'Hannibal at the Gates' DLC expansion pack. That's not all The Creative Assembly has for its players, though, as the studio has also released a free update called 'Seasons & Wonders' to celebrate Hannibal's arrival.

Watch: New updates detailed »

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Total War: Rome 2 'Hannibal at the Gates' DLC crashes in on March 27

Total War: Rome 2 'Hannibal at the Gates' DLC crashes in on March 27

Sega and The Creative Assembly have announced the second major expansion for Total War: Rome 2. Players will head into the Western Mediterranean to do battle in the 2nd Punic War with the 'Hannibal at the Gates' DLC, set to release on March 27.

Read more: New factions and units »

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Creative Assembly takes its lumps over Rome 2 camel DLC

Creative Assembly takes its lumps over Rome 2 camel DLC

The Creative Assembly has faced some backlash in recent days over its latest downloadable content for Total War: Rome 2. The Camel Cataphracts and Mercenary Naked Swords units found in the "Beasts of War" and "Caesar in Gaul" DLC, respectively, were both seen in videos of the game prior to release. This has led to accusations that the content was intentionally withheld.

Read more: Creative Assembly says names are similar, but not much else »

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Total War: Rome 2 Assembly Kit beta now open

Total War: Rome 2 Assembly Kit beta now open

The Creative Assembly has released the beta version of the Total War: Rome 2 Assembly Kit on Steam. These mod tools will grant players the chance to play around with textures, models, animations, and campaign-game starting points through the Tools section of the Steam client.

Read more: Steam Workshop submission

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Total War: Rome 2 adds free Baktria faction

Total War: Rome 2 adds free Baktria faction

Total War: Rome 2 has added a new playable faction that doubles as an ancient history lesson. The free update, available today, adds Baktria to the line-up, blending units from Greek and Eastern cultures.

Read more: Persian and Greek influence »

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Total War: Rome II 'Caesar in Gaul' DLC campaign announced

Total War: Rome II 'Caesar in Gaul' DLC campaign announced

After releasing a few minor DLC packs for Total War: Rome II, The Creative Assembly is about ready to deliver something more substantial. The developer today announced a new DLC campaign pack named 'Caesar in Gaul,' retelling that time Caesar picked a fight with the proto-Frenchmen. Arriving next week, it'll add a new campaign map with new provinces, factions, generals, units, and more.

Read more: Shorter turns bring seasons back »

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Total War: Rome II invading Linux and living rooms

Total War: Rome II invading Linux and living rooms

Total War is one of the PC series which seemed destined to stay on PC with mice and keyboards, too big and complex to make work well on controllers. Not any longer. Developer The Creative Assembly has been won over by Valve's Steam Controller, enough to bring Total War: Rome II to SteamOS and, by extension, all of Linux.

Read more: "Limitations of traditional hardware" begone! »

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Total War: Rome 2 DLC adds blood & gore

Total War: Rome 2 DLC adds blood & gore

"Boo!" cries the severed head as it's violently flung to the ground. It is Halloween, after all. In the horrifying spirit of the season, The Creative Assembly has released new DLC for Total War: Rome 2 which adds buckets of blood and mortifying dismemberments to the strategy game. But oh, how commercialized Halloween is: it'll cost you $2.99.

Watch: A bloody misleading trailer »

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Total War: Rome 2's Nomadic Tribes DLC free for a week

Total War: Rome 2's Nomadic Tribes DLC free for a week

After a rather tumultuous launch, Creative Assembly have been patching Total War: Rome 2 on a weekly basis. And while the updates have typically included free content, it's time for some premium DLC as well.

The "Nomandic Tribes Culture Pack" will add three new playable factions into the game, and will cost $7.99. However, if you download it before October 29, it will be free.

Watch: The three new factions»

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Total War: Rome 2 adds Steam Workshop support

Total War: Rome 2 adds Steam Workshop support

A new patch for Total War: Rome 2 went out over the weekend, adding formal mod support through Steam Workshop. Players will be able to share and load their creations through the Total War Launcher, allowing for easy management of single and multiplayer mods.

Read more: Seleucid Empire content added, too »

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Total War: Rome II patch reduces AI turn times

Total War: Rome II patch reduces AI turn times

The AI spending ages thinking through its turn isn't Total War: Rome II's only problem, but it is one you'll encounter awfully often. The second big patch hit today, with changes including reducing the AI's turn time, bug fixes, bags of balance tweaks, and more.

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Total War: Rome 2 launch 'totally unacceptable' says creative director

Total War: Rome 2 launch 'totally unacceptable' says creative director

Total War: Rome 2 had a less-than-stellar launch, with technical problems that garnered it harsh reviews from users and some critics. The Creative Assembly promised weekly patches, but creative director Mike Simpson has taken a more hands-on approach with a personal apology.

Read more: 'We really want to get you enjoying our game' »

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Total War: Rome 2 weekly patches start this Friday

Total War: Rome 2 weekly patches start this Friday

As the saying goes, Rome wasn't built in a day. Total War: Rome 2 has been hit with a flurry of bug reports and crashes upon launch, leading Creative Assembly to announce plans for weekly updates starting this Friday.

Read more: Friday's patch detailed »

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Total War: Rome 2 video shows off multiplayer features

Total War: Rome 2 video shows off multiplayer features

The team at the Creative Assembly has given a closer look at Total War: Rome 2 multiplayer, with a lengthy play session headed by community manager Trish Ryniah and multiplayer designer Elliot Lock. The result is a nice lengthy look at multiplayer with some insights from Lock himself.

Watch: 8 minutes of Total War »

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Total War: Rome II gameplay shows AI skirmish

Total War: Rome II gameplay shows AI skirmish

The Creative Assembly has shown off a fair bit of Total War: Rome 2's campaign already, but what will you play when that's all done and dusted? Its AI skirmish mode is the focus of a new-ish nine-minute gameplay walkthrough, showing Macedonian forces totally warring against an AI opponent set to Very Hard difficulty.

Watch: Charge! »

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