Total War: Rome 2 dev wants Saving Private Ryan-levels of ‘horrific warfare’

Thursday, 2nd August 2012 11:54 GMT By Dave Cook

Total War: Rome 2 developer The Creative Assembly has revealed that it wants to make its full-scale battles uncomfortable for you to play, with horrific scenes, violence and tension by the truckload.

Speaking with MCV, The Creative Assembly brand director Rob Bartholomew explained, “We’ve got naval battle and land battles interacting for the first time, so you can throw ships up beaches and have people ‘Saving Private Ryan-ing’ it up the beach.”

“When I say Saving Private Ryan,” Bartholomew continued, “that’s a phrase we’re using around the office a lot because we’re trying to inject that real feeling of horrific warfare so that the loss of your troops is going to affect you more deeply this time around.”

“We’re putting more personality into the troops that you’ll send marching off across the battlefield by using facial motion capture and giving more resources to animation.”

“We want to create that level of human strife, drama and character on a very macro-scale amongst these gigantic battles at the same time.”

Total War: Rome 2 is out on PC in 2013.



  1. Cyrus

    Is there an internal Creative Assembly competition to come up with the most unnecessary feature to add to Rome 2? I hope this is all meaningless hype and the real game designers are quietly getting on with refining and improving the gameplay that is the whole reason people play Total War games.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. DSB

    @1 Haha, you’d think.

    It’s not like the romans cared about their legions anyway.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. turin

    As someone who buys Total War games almost exclusively for the turn-based campaign map, it’s a little worrying how much time they seem to be putting into the battles.

    If they’re going to focus on the battles, they should try and improve the tactical aspect of them, as well as the computer AI. Selecting an army, then pointing and clicking on an enemy army and watching a cinematic battle play out really isn’t what Total War battles should be about. It should be about out-smarting the enemy through tactical gameplay.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. roadkill

    Of course if they decide to implement that (which btw would be awesome) it will be as paid dlc..

    #4 2 years ago
  5. DSB

    @3 I’m obviously about to mess with you, but…

    You are the only person on the planet. There is one person who cares about that, and it is you.

    One man, whole planet. You.

    That concern. Just you.

    Honestly I think Total Wars diplomacy is a lot more believable than anything I’ve seen in the recent Civs. “You want something? Pay up”.

    That’s really international relations in a nutshell.

    In Civilization it’s always “You want something? Give me absolutely everything you own, then kill yourself in a publicly humiliating way”.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. GrimRita

    If only they turned this attention to their shocking AI

    #6 2 years ago

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