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Total War: Rome 2's first trailer asks, 'Gods, what have we done?'

Total War: Rome 2 is due out next year.

Total War: Rome 2
Total War: Rome 2

This is our first look at Total War: Rome 2, sequel to 2004's turn-based, real-time hybrid strategy game, in action.

The game, in development by The Creative Assembly and set for a release next year, has players fighting to turn the Roman Republic into the Roman Empire in a game that deftly mixes turn-based strategy with real-time tactics.

This video, packed with sea battles, sieges, and legions of men bristling with spears and protected by shields, gives us a glimpse of tactician Scipio Aemilianus' attempt to break the three-year-long siege of Carthage in 146BC.