Fri, Aug 23, 2013 | 16:25 BST
Total War: Rome 2 post-release free and paid content plans announced
Total War: Rome 2 players will be the recipients of post-release content in both free and paid formats, The Creative Assembly has announced.
Alongside paid-for DLC, regular free content and feature updates will be included: the first of these, the Greek States Culture Pack and Pontus faction will release at launch alongside the game.
“As with Shogun 2, we will continually improve the game’s compatibility, optimization and integral features such as AI and gameplay balancing post-release, and plan to add to that with new control schemes and additional free formats on other operating systems,” said lead designer James Russell.
“We are also very proud of how Shogun 2 is our most moddable Total War to date with over 500 user-made mods on Steam Workshop alone. We hope to support ROME 2 in a similar fashion. Rome 2 will be the biggest game we’ve ever released, in terms of scope, gameplay features and sheer weight of content, but even then we’re just scratching the surface of the Roman period – an era so rich in diversity that it’s easy to foresee releasing relevant content for years after ROME 2has shipped.”
In addition to free content, players can expect to see Culture Packs that add more playable factions and unique units, Feature Packs that add gameplay or wide-ranging aesthetic changes, and Campaign Packs that add entirely new story-based campaign expansions.
By October, players will be able to add the Seleucid Empire Factions to the playable roster for free and the Nomadic Tribes Culture Pack featuring the Royal Scythians, Roxolani and Massagetae as DLC.
Total War: ROME 2 will be released on the September 3 and the Greek States Culture Pack is free when pre-ordering from participating retailers.