How far will you go for Rome?
With 2011's Total War: Shogun 2 out of the way (and superb), The Creative Assembly has turned its besequeled eye towards another one of its older titles. Today, it announced that Total War: Rome II would be hitting PCs in 2013.
The announcement was accompanied by a neat little live-action trailer portraying some of the more common types of political intrigue of the Roman days. A ruler is overthrown by an ambitious young successor, a female assassin seduces and kills her target, and a soldier is executed, for some reason. That part wasn't really clear. With all the backstabbing (and frontstabbing), though, the message is thus: How far will you go for Rome?
The Creative Assembly says that the sequel will have a bigger map than its highly-lauded 2004 predecessor, and will take the player further to the East. Precisely what that means is uncertain; it's possible that Rome II, like Rome, might have a campaign regarding the exploits of legendary conqueror Alexander the Great. Alternatively, there could be campaigns set in the heyday of the Eastern Roman Empire of Byzantium.
Beyond that, the official site promises an all-new engine for combat with "exotic ancient cities and colossal armies rendered in incredible detail." New camera angles will allow aspiring commanders to watch their legions fight from whatever direction they please. The Creative Assembly also promises that the game will be optimized for desktop PCs as well as laptops, so your desire to conquer for the glory of Rome won't be hampered by your hardware.
Sic Semper Tyrannis! Quid Pro Quo! E Pluribus Unum! Ecce, Romani! Ixnay onay ethay Igpay Atinlay!
Source: Total War: Rome II