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Platform Win, Linux Publisher Sega Developer The Creative Assembly Release Date 2013-09-03

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Total War: Rome 2 is getting new Pirates and Raiders DLC

Total War: Rome 2 is getting a new Pirates and Raiders culture pack which will add the first playable Thracian and Dacian factions to the game, Eurogamer reports. These factions will feature their own new battlefield units, naval units and culture units. Pirates and Raiders is slated to launch in the next few weeks, in addition to new free DLC that will bring one about one new playable Balkan faction, the Getae, and a new historical battle: the Battle of Pydna. Developer Creative Assembly confirmed last year it plans to offer players both paid and free downloadable content for the game. Speaking to Polygon last year lead designer James Russell told us paid content is split between three general types of packs, and "gamers can expect to see culture packs that add more playable...

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Sega reports income growth and strong digital market performance

Sega is reporting income increases and ongoing success in the digital game market for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2014, in spite of sluggish packaged game sales. Net sales for the fiscal year hit 378 billion yen ($3.71 billion), an increase of 17.6 percent on the previous year. In February, Sega Sammy Holdings adjusted its projected financial results for the year from expected net sales of 485 billion ($476) to 377 billion yen, which it pegged on postponed sales of pachislot and pachinko machines. Operating income increased by 102 percent from the previous fiscal year to 38.53 billion yen ($378 million). Sega Sammy recorded a net income of 30.72 billion yen ($302 million), a decrease of 8.2 percent from the previous year. Net sales for its consumer business arm increased by 18.6...

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Total War: Rome 2's Hannibal at the Gates DLC hits March 27

The second paid expansion for The Creative Assembly's Total War: Rome 2 is called Hannibal at the Gates, and it will be released March 27 for $14.99, publisher Sega announced today. The add-on will cost £9.99 in the U.K. and €14.99 in Europe. Hannibal at the Gates takes place at the beginning of the Second Punic War between Rome and Carthage, which lasted from 218 to 201 B.C. and saw the legendary Carthaginian general Hannibal face off against Roman commander Scipio Africanus. The expansion is highlighted by a new campaign map, and in addition to the aforementioned existing factions, it will introduce three new ones: Syracuse, the Arevaci and the Lusitani. Rome and Carthage will get a new diplomacy-focused civil tech tree. The Creative Assembly also plans to release another free...

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Total War: Rome 2 and Company of Heroes 2 players vie for free DLC

Sega announced today a promotion that pits Total War: Rome 2 players against Company of Heroes 2 players to see who can score the most points in a bid for five days of free downloadable content. Until Feb. 17, Sega will track the number of in-game victories in both games, with each victory earning points that will count towards a total tally. The community with the most points as of Feb. 17 at 1 p.m. ET will earn their chosen game some brand-new DLC that will be free to download for five days. Players can keep up-to-date with the tally here. During the promotion, both games will be discounted on Steam by 50 percent.

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Total War: Rome 2 mod tools now available in beta on Steam

A beta version of Total War: Rome 2's suite of mod tools, the Assembly Kit, is now available through Steam, developer The Creative Assembly announced today. The free set of tools is designed to help get modders rolling on creative endeavors for Rome 2 and can be downloaded through Steam's Tools section. These tools include ways to edit Rome 2's database and variants as well as process data for user-created animations, textures and start position for the game's campaign. The set also features exporters enabling users to utilize third-party software for editing animations and models. The Assembly Kit comes with "example data" featuring soldiers, animation sets, naval vessels and a complete model of Rome 2's backend to get users started. Completed mods can be uploaded to Steam Workshop...

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Total War: Rome 2 coming to SteamOS

Total War developer The Creative Assembly says it will bring the series' latest entry, Total War: Rome 2, to Valve's Linux-based operating system, SteamOS, early next year. The Sega-owned studio says it will also support Valve's recently announced Steam Controller, saying the touchpad-enabled gamepad will make playing Total War in the living room possible. "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 The Creative Assembly brand manager Rob Bartholomew. "Last month, when Valve invited us to test out the new Steam Controller and unveiled their plans for SteamOS — we were impressed. We believe it will provide us with the control fidelity and platform we need to...

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Sega maintains solid performance in first half of 2014 fiscal year

Sega Sammy, parent company of Sega, reported impressive financial results for the first half of its 2014 fiscal year today, maintaining the good performance from its first fiscal quarter. For the six months ending Sept. 30, 2013, Sega Sammy's net sales totaled 162.21 billion yen ($1.65 billion), an 18.8 percent jump from the same period a year ago. Operating income came in at 12.4 billion yen, up 57.1 percent, while net income was up 192.9 percent to 11.35 billion yen. Sega Sammy's video game business saw "generally solid" sales of packaged titles, and a year-over-year increase in the total number of units moved to 3.23 million copies worldwide. The Creative Assembly's Total War: Rome 2 was Sega's only major release in the three-month period ending Sept. 30; the company has sold...

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Decapitate and dismember with Rome 2's Blood & Gore on Steam

Total War: Rome 2 players can now decapitate, dismember, impale and bloody their opponents in ever more creative ways with the  Blood & Gore downloadable content, which is available now on Steam. The $2.99 DLC contains hundreds of animations designed to maximize mayhem in the messiest way possible. Check out the crimson-tinged video above to see the Blood & Gore in action. Today's DLC is the latest in a series of post-launch updates slated for the game, which include free performance enhancements and additions like Blood & Gore.

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Total War: Rome 2 Nomadic Tribes DLC out now, free this week

Total War: Rome 2's newest downloadable content — the Nomadic Tribes Culture Pack — is out today and free to download from Steam until Oct. 29, Sega announced today. The Nomadic Tribes Pack is part of Sega's DLC plans for Rome 2, which will include free and paid content. After Oct. 29, the pack will be sold for $7.99. It features new playable factions like the Royal Scythians, Roxolani and Massagetae. The three new factions come with new buildings and building chains, technology trees, campaign objectives and units. A trailer for the DLC can be viewed above.

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  • Windows
    • Released 09/03/2013
    • Publisher Sega
    • Developer The Creative Assembly
  • Linux
    • Publisher Sega
    • Developer The Creative Assembly
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