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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...

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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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Total War: Rome 2 adds new faction, Steam Workshop support

An update for Total War: Rome 2 adds a new playable faction, gameplay patch and Steam Workshop support, developer The Creative Assembly recently announced. Players will be able to access the Seleucid Empire in both the single-player campaign and multiplayer games. This includes new units, building and technology trees, objectives and a new wonder. The faction is known for its engineering skills and relies on "expert cavalry regiments to enforce and expand their borders." With Workshop support — which has been in beta for several weeks — developers can test new updates and offer original content. The game's fifth patch adds several technical and performance tweaks; the full list is available on the game's Wiki page.

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Total War: Rome 2's third patch increases unit health and more

The third patch for The Creative Assembly's latest real-time strategy game, Total War: Rome 2, will introduce a long list of gameplay improvements, balance changes and more. Included in those changes are multiplayer campaign speed upgrades, increased capture time for Victory Points and AI fixes. Players will also now have the option to "Sally Forth" when attacked in a minor settlement and engage attackers in an open field. All units now have increased health in combat, and building costs have been updated to "reflect the changes" in the game's campaign modes.You can read the full list of patch notes on the game's Wiki. Total War: Rome 2's second patch went live last week. For more on the game, check out our interview with studio communications manager Al Bickham on how fear and...

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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