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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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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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Total War: Rome 2 multiplayer takes center stage in new video

A video released recently on Total War: Rome 2 developer The Creative Assembly's YouTube channel explains the upcoming game's multiplayer offerings. Watch the video above to learn about the quick match feature, which pairs players together based on stats, as well as the game's six new battle types. You'll also see how Total War: Rome 2's "thousands" of multiplayer maps come from the campaign maps and much more. About five minutes in, the developers take to the battlefield and show the multiplayer in motion. Total War: Rome 2 is set for a Sept. 3, 2013 release on Windows PC. Polygon spoke with the developer recently about the "massive role" that fear and loyalty will play in the upcoming strategy game, so be sure to read our interview to learn more about Total War: Rome 2 and the...

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Total War: Rome 2 video details naval warfare

A new video for Total War: Rome 2, The Creative Assembly's upcoming strategy game set in classical antiquity, sheds new light on naval tactics and units. According to the video, ramming is a key part of naval battles. It provides fast and heavy hull damage to enemies and can even rip smaller ships apart. Additionally, ramming into ships enables units to board and attack. Long distance units can also provide support from far away with arrow fire. Rome 2 players will have access to a variety of vessels with different capabilities. The Mediterranean ships featured in the video are fast moving and meant for assault. These units come loaded with fire pots that explode when players knock into enemies. Total War: Rome 2 launches Sept. 3 for Windows PC. For more on the game, check out our...

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Total War: Rome 2 dev diary showcases battle AI on highest difficulty

The Creative Assembly has shared a new video demonstrating how army AI behaves in skirmish battles for Total War: Rome 2. In the video posted above, The Creative Assembly's studio communications Manager Al Bickham demonstrates a heated battle between the forces of Macedonia and Rome in the game's Very Hard difficulty mode. In this mode, AI will become more aggressive and will rise up to players' charge, becoming harder to take down and attacking relentlessly. Watch from behind the lines of defense as the enemy barrages the troops, and learn what abilities and strategies can be used to whittle down the enemy before taking up the offense. Total War: Rome 2 will launch on Sept. 3 for Windows PC.

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Total War: Rome 2 trailer introduces Rome's most legendary foe

A new trailer for Total War: Rome 2 focuses on the exploits of Rome's legendary nemesis, Hannibal Barca of Carthage. The trailer features Roman leaders arguing over the whereabouts of Hannibal and his army, and where they believe he might attack next. Perhaps he might land a naval attack on a port, or perhaps his navy is not sailing to war but instead to form allegiances. There are many different possibilities for a commander who seeks to wipe Rome off the map, after all. One leader suggests he could come from the north, but the others laugh off the suggestion. That, of course, would mean he would have to cross the Alps; would he bring an army of elephants with him as well? Total War: Rome 2 hits Windows PC on September 3.

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Total War: Rome 2 video walks through the campaign map

A new video from The Creative Assembly gives an overview of factions, cities and the campaign map in the upcoming Total War: Rome 2. In the video, TCA's Patricia Ryniak and Dominique Starr start with an overview of the factions and sub-factions. Playing as Rome grants your heavy troops an experience bonus, and within Rome the Cornelia family can raise higher taxes while the Julia family converts conquered areas to Roman culture more quickly. The video then switches to an overview of the campaign map from the perspective of Carthage, showing cities all across the Mediterranean. The Carthaginian cities are celebrating, giving them a population growth bonus, while their hated Roman foe has been ousted from Rome by the Etruscan League. As Starr remarks, the game isn't exactly always...

Total War: Rome 2 Releases
North America
  • Windows
    • Released 09/03/2013
    • Publisher Sega
    • Developer The Creative Assembly
  • Linux
    • Publisher Sega
    • Developer The Creative Assembly
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