By Michael McWhertor on Nov 07, 2013 11.07.13
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...
By Samit Sarkar on Nov 01, 2013 11.01.13
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...
By Megan Farokhmanesh on Oct 19, 2013 10.19.13
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.
By Megan Farokhmanesh on Sep 22, 2013 09.22.13
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...
By Dave Tach on Sep 17, 2013 09.17.13
The second patch for Total War: Rome 2 is now live, developer The Creative Assembly announced today. The patch will minimize AI calculation times, add a new option to show AI player moves and include more than 100 "changes and fixes," according to the developer. You can get the full details on the changes in the official patch notes. The game will receive the patch automatically upon restart. Shortly after the strategy game's release, The Creative Assembly outlined the post-release support plans for Total War: Rome 2, which includes an amalgam of free and paid downloadable content.
By Colin Campbell on Sep 16, 2013 09.16.13
Creative Assembly today released Patch 2 for its historical strategy epic Total War: Rome 2. The patch seeks to minimize calculation times during AI turns; a common complaint about the game has been extended periods of players waiting for enemies to get on with their business. Sega released the Windows PC game earlier this month. Additionally, a new "Limited" option has been added to the "Show AI Player Moves" settings which enables the player to see all movement of enemy factions in home territories. Various AI improvements have also been added, prompting enemies to behave more rationally when under threat. Unit movement speeds have been tweaked. A full (and detailed) list of the fixes has been posted on the Total War Wiki.
By Dave Tach on Sep 04, 2013 09.04.13
The first patch for Total War: Rome 2, The Creative Assembly's just-released strategy game, is coming this Friday, according to a post on the series' official Facebook page. The game's first patch will address "known instances of crashes due to hardware conflicts alongside several other performance fixes." The developer plans to update the game weekly "in the immediate future," and patch notes will be available on the game's official website. Late last month, The Creative Assembly outlined its post-launch plans for Total War: Rome 2, including a mixture of free and paid content. The free content will center around compatibility fixes as well as balancing AI and gameplay based on the metrics gained from the game's player base.
By Dave Tach on Aug 23, 2013 08.23.13
After The Creative Assembly launches Total War: Rome 2 Sept. 3, the developer plans to support its strategy game with a mixture of free and paid downloadable content. According to lead designer James Russell, paid content will be split between three general types of packs, and "gamers can expect to see culture packs that add more playable factions and unique units, feature packs that add gameplay or wide-ranging aesthetic changes, and campaign packs that add entirely new story-based campaign expansions." Total War: Rome 2's first culture pack, Greek States, and the playable Pontus faction will be available at launch. Those who pre-order the game will receive the Greek States culture pack for free. By October, The Creative Assembly will release the Seleucid Empire faction for free and...
By Alexa Ray Corriea on Aug 09, 2013 08.09.13
Total War: Rome 2 buyers will be given advanced access to the beta version of Total War: Arena, the upcoming online multiplayer game, developer The Creative Assembly announced today. Players who purchase Total War: Rome 2 will be able to play the beta for Arena once it is available, as well as receive $15 (USD) of in-game currency. Rome 2 players will also net extra bonuses in Arena's in-game Legion Armoury and automatically receive the high-ranking Legion status. Total War: Arena, announced at the 2013 Game Developers Conference in March, is currently in development. It will be a free-to-play title at launch and will focus on multiplayer. Following the title's announcement during a panel, series lead designer James Russell likened Arena to a cross between an MMORPG and a MOBA. Total...
By Samit Sarkar on Aug 05, 2013 08.05.13
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed publisher Sega continues to add downloadable content to the game's Windows PC version, with the newest, the Roman general Willemus, joining the racing title's cast today in a free update. Willemus is a fictional Roman commander inspired by Total War: Rome 2, the upcoming real-time strategy game from The Creative Assembly. He is the fifth add-on character released exclusively for the PC version of Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed. The previous four characters were Football Manager from the Football Manager series; Shogun from The Creative Assembly's Shogun: Total War games; the RED Pyro, Heavy and Spy from Valve's Team Fortress 2; and General Winter from Relic Entertainment's Company of Heroes 2. You can check out a screenshot of Willemus above....