Total War: Rome II Officially Announced

I know we don’t typically cover PC games here, but this is one that I know many of you will be interested in.  The Total War series is critically acclaimed, and combines real-time strategy and resource management with real-time tactical battles.  The series began in 2000 with Shogun: Total War, then continued with Medieval: Total War (2002), Rome: Total War (2004), Medieval II: Total War (2006), Empire: Total War (2009), Napoleon: Total War (2010), and the latest release was Total War: Shogun 2 (2011).  Naturally there were expansions and whatnot released in-between these different releases.  Electronic Arts was the original publisher before the series moved to Activision, but ever since Rome: Total War Sega has published each and every game in the series.  It’s a real money-maker for Sega, which could seriously use all the money they can get right now.  Recently Sega was forced to close many of their international offices because of financial woes.  That’s why today’s announcement should come as some relief to investors.

The Creative Assembly (series developer) Creative Director Mike Simpson said,

“From the immense reach of the sandbox campaign right down to the human-level drama of a single warrior on the battlefield, we’re aiming for an unprecedented level of detail and scale”.

Brand Director Rob Bartholemew said,

“In our 25th year of games development, it feels fitting to return to our most critically acclaimed era. There’s been a multi-generational leap in technology since the original game and we are ready to set another benchmark in gaming.”

That first live-action teaser is pretty epic and gives players an idea of just how far The Creative Assembly wants to take this sequel.  Lead Battle Designer Jamie Ferguson gave an interview to PC Gamer where he discusses exactly what’s planned for this highly anticipated sequel.

So what do you all think?

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