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

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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 update to the game soon. Hannibal at the Gates follows the studio's first campaign expansion, Caesar in Gaul, which was released last December. The upcoming DLC is available for pre-order on Windows PC from Steam and Sega at a 10 percent discount, $13.49, through March 26. You can see a trailer above.

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