Total War: Rome 2 developer – PS4 “an adapted PC”, proves PC gaming isn’t dying

Tuesday, 5th March 2013 16:42 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

The Creative Assembly has always been a supporter of PC gaming, and is one of the first to defend the system when claims that it is “dying” come up. Now that PS4 has been revealed, Dom Starr, the campaign designer of Total War: Rome 2, says the console being “an adapted PC” is further proof that PC gaming is not even close to being in its death throws.

Speaking with Eurogamer, Starr said such a presumption is “ridiculous.”

“I don’t think PC is in any danger of dying,” he said. “I think that’s ridiculous. If anything, the fact that the new console, PS4, seems to pretty much be an adapted PC just goes to show that the platform is strong and [we're] likely to not see the death of it any time soon.”

When asked if PS4 could be the first console to see a Total War game released on it, Starr said it’s “always something that’s being considered and it’s a possibility,” but beyond that he had no comment.

“Personally I think it would be nice to have Total War on console, get the experience to people who aren’t necessarily PC gamers,” he offered. “You’d have to adapt a fair bit if for a joypad controller. Something like the Wii U might be easier to do some – drawing battle lines, moving the units around in a bit more of an organic way.

“Or you could conceivably use [the DualShock 4 touch-pad] more like a mouse or a trackpad on a laptop. And in that case I suppose maybe you’re just looking at a PC hooked up to a television and it would work in much the same way.”

Total War: Rome 2 out sometime this year.



  1. sna

    He’s right of course, consoles morphing closer to PC architecture spells it out plain and simple.

    Also, that comment on the PS4 Dualshock (DS4?) is the first time I’ve been remotely interested in its new tricks.

    Been thinking about picking up Shogun 2 recently, not even sure my PC can run it and as a Playstation person, I’d love to see Total War releasing for console!

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Dragon246

    Consoles are Computers custom made for gaming, always have been. I wonder how this ties into “pc gaming is not dead”.
    Console, pc and other mediums will continue to stay on for a long time, despite naysayers (generally ios devs who cant made the quality of console or pc games).

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Erthazus

    “Consoles are Computers custom made for gaming, always have been. I wonder how this ties into “pc gaming is not dead”.”

    Because consoles are trying to be PC’s and they were behind PC all the time.
    Consoles won’t survive with custom hardware anymore. Plain and simple.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Dragon246

    Wonder why almost every multi-platform game sells worst on PC?
    Console behind pc, yeah right.
    Tell me a pc config worth 270$ that matches ps3 and 200$ that matches 360.
    You cant. Consoles are custom built gaming PCs offering the best bang for the buck.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. fearmonkey

    I remember when all the PS2 owners made fun of the Xbox saying it was just a PC, which carried over to the Xbox 360 when it was first starting out. Now even Sony has gone the route of using PC hardware as it’s base processor and GPU, I wonder if those same Sony fans feel that way now lol.

    Sony making it’s own processors had to die, the costs were just too much and it made development a drag.

    He is right though, PC gaming is most certainly not dead, it never was. Publishers released all their big games for consoles and tried to make it dead as they cried Piracy! constantly. However, services like Steam, origin and it’s ilk, MMO’s, and indie development have kept PC gaming alive despite these big publishers.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. mkotechno

    This have no sense. Hardware architectures != Business models.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Erthazus

    “Wonder why almost every multi-platform game sells worst on PC?
    Console behind pc, yeah right.”

    Multiplatform publishers like EA makes more money on the PC then on consoles.
    Still, this comment has nothing to do with sales. It’s in the hardware in general.

    Look at the Xbox 360 that is almost a PC. It did much better then PS3 overall. Fact.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. nollie4545

    PC gaming is growing, not dying. What planet are these idiots on?

    I can think of dozens of PC only titles which the console world will never see, PC gaming is the cradle of video gaming, not the grave.

    The success of online services like steam, now shamelessly ripped off by MS on their XBL service is indicative of the fact that PC gaming is leading the way.

    Heck, there are way more WoW players on planet earth than there are XBL users. And that is just one game.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. DeyDoDoughDontDeyDough

    That’ll be ‘death throes’, Steph, not ‘death throws’.

    Grammar policing over.


    #9 2 years ago
  10. blackdreamhunk

    I am going to stick this right here! consoles killing gaming!

    Are consoles killing gaming? – Truthloader Investigates

    Pc gaming destroys console gaming!

    Crysis 3: 360/PS3 – Definitely NOT Playable

    Crysis 3 PC vs. Console – Inside Gaming Port Authority

    #10 2 years ago
  11. DeyDoDoughDontDeyDough

    Does it seem to anyone else that PC gamers have taken the up the baton from Sony as the most ill-infomed, deluded and generally ridiculous ignoramuses to grace the internet?

    #11 2 years ago
  12. DSB

    @4 I’m curious to know where you’re getting that info.

    According to EA, multiplatform titles sell the best on PC.

    That’s their earnings report from 2010. According to that, they had 16 titles on PC, 22 titles on the 360, and 21 titles on the PS3.

    They made 687 million on the PC, 868 million on the 360 and 771 million on the PS3.

    Ergo, they were making 42,9 million per PC release, 39,5 million per 360 release, and 36,7 million per PS3 release.

    They changed their reporting in the following years so it’s harder to compare, but personally I just don’t think the consoles have managed to rally since.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. xxJPRACERxx

    And about the price of PC… Do you consider the price of the TV when talking about the price of console gaming?

    No, you already have one. Just like a PC. People always say $1000+ vs $300 but depending on your PC, you can have a nice upgrade for $300 that will allow you to play the majority of games and with better performance than on consoles.

    Also if you buy a lot of games then you’ll save a lot more on PC than on consoles with Steam sales, etc…

    #13 2 years ago
  14. nollie4545

    A good entry level PC will cost you about £500 which you can upgrade a bit over the course of the next two years and it will readily compare with console games. Within 4 years you could opt for a next gen graphics card and it would be well out of reach of console games from a console 4 years old.

    The problem I have with console gaming is that the price of the games is unjustified when you are totally unable to make full use of their potential. For PC games, you pay LESS for BETTER quality.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. roadkill

    @4 First of all we’re not talking about about were the games sell better, we’re talking about the better platform. It’s like comparing CoD with BF or WoW with GW. Every game/platform is aimed at a certain audience. Not everyone has the same intelligence level. Some things need to be dumbed down so the lesser humans can understand/use them. Second Yes you can easily make a PC that is at least as good as those consoles for that amount of cash the only difference being that the PC can do more and better than any console.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. blackdreamhunk

    PC vs Console – Crysis 3

    #16 2 years ago
  17. redwood

    an adapted pc? seriously? i mean ps3 was also an “adapted pc” my dear sir. your argument is invalid

    #17 2 years ago
  18. deathm00n

    @14 “A good entry level PC will cost you about £500 which you can upgrade a bit over the course of the next two years and it will readily compare with console games.”

    OR you could pay less than £500 and have a console for 4 years that will run the same games without the need to buy pieces for it. I know the graphics will not be the same but the gameplay will and that’s what matters.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. DSB

    Dumb argument is dumb. It kinda depends on where the value is for the individual.

    Personally I like having a machine that truly does everything, but I don’t think it’s strange that some people are just as satisfied with less. If we all had the same likes and dislikes, this would all get boring pretty fast.

    I just hope the consoles catch up in terms of service and design this time around, for the sake of the customers. Whoever was overseeing those aspects have been asleep at the wheel for quite a while, and to me the fact that they’re able to do that is the most negative aspect of the walled garden approach.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Manga

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    #20 1 year ago

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