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A game which was heralded by many a Total War fan as the death of the franchise continues to defy belief with more expansion and improvement. Total War: Rome 2 will receive another DLC pack at the beginning of August. The pack, titled “Rise of the Republic”, will release on Steam on August 9th for 16.99, or you can pre-order before that date and get 10% off.

 The year is 399 BC, and Rome is poised for greatness. However, its very existence balances on a knife-edge.

The Gallic Senones tribe, led by chieftain Brennus, are newly settled in eastern Italy. Ambitious and fierce, they are but a javelin-throw from the nascent republic.

The tyrannical Dionysius rules Syracuse with an iron fist. He leads the war against Carthage, but his eyes range across the Mediterranean as he considers future conquests.

Under the guiding hand of the great philosopher-statesman Archytas, Taras in southern Italy is reaching the zenith of its glory and power. Rome’s meteoric rise is cause for concern, to be sure – perhaps an intervention is merited?

Meanwhile, Marcus Furius Camillus seeks the title and powers of Dictator. His vision for Rome is grand indeed, but can it survive the designs of the young republic’s neighbours?

A crossroads in history: a time of threat – and of opportunity.

A time for the republic to rise.

Set at the auspicious beginnings of the, eventually, awesome empire, Rise of the Republic will concern Italy, and the immediate surrounding regions. This new campaign map is in line with Creative Assemblies most recent Total War release. Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia takes place in a very specific point in history, with a more focused map, allowing for greater attention to detail during a play through.

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Never ending war…

Total War: Rome 2 – Rise of the Republic will feature 9 playable factions:

  • Rome – a growing republic, vulnerable and surrounded by enemies
  • Tarchuna – the mighty and influential Etruscan state
  • Senones – a Cisalpine Gallic tribe with a thirst for plunder
  • Insubres – a Gallic tribe who are diplomatic and managerial in style
  • Samnites – an Italic state that threatened Rome in the 4th century BC
  • Taras – a Greek city-state founded by the Spartans
  • Syracuse – a Greek metropolis in Sicily, and the bastion against Carthage
  • Iolei – an indigenous Sardinian tribe
  • Veneti – an Italic tribe of horse masters surrounded by enemies

Rise of the Republic will release alongside the Ancestral Update. This is a free DLC pack for owners of Total War: Rome 2 – Emperor Edition. The Ancestral Update will introduce minor graphical overhauls for Rome 2, as well as the Family Tree system. This was one of the features removed from Rome 2 that was in the much beloved Rome: Total War. For the first time in a Total War game, there will be post battle loot, plus new Government Action options. These will be unique to each faction and take the place of Change Government options from the base game. Random and scripted dilemma chains will crop up during the game. These can take the guise of domestic strife, or invading Carthaginian forces.

Its mightily impressive that Creative Assembly continues to invest in a five year old game that was written off by many. As a lifetime Total War fan myself, I hated Rome 2 when it was released. Over the past five years, however, with all the updates, patches, fixes and improvements, paid or free, Total War: Rome 2 now sits firmly in my go-to strategy games. And that’s saying something. Stay tuned to GamEir because we’d love more love.


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Brian started gaming on a Commodore 64 before you were born. He played everything worth playing on every platform worth playing them on since then, but refuses to mess with that new fangled VR stuff. Makes him nauseated he says.

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