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Total War: Rome II to release next year - first shots and vid

As expected, Sega has confirmed the existence of Total War: Rome II, pegging the sequel with a 2013 release date.

The Creative Assembly's Total War: Rome II will release for PC next year, Sega said today.

The RTS will feature "the most expansive turn-based campaign and the largest, most cinematic real-time battles yet seen in any game."

Rome II will feature a new graphics engine capable of rendering "tens of thousands of men" in "bone-splintering detail". New unit cameras are to be included.

Scalability is being promised, allowing you to play the game "no matter what your spec."

"Our games have always encompassed a grand vision," said creative boss Mike Simpson.

“But we’re now pushing that vision at both ends of the spectrum. From the immense reach of the sandbox campaign right down to the human-level drama of a single warrior on the battlefield, we’re aiming for an unprecedented level of detail and scale”.

“In our 25th year of games development, it feels fitting to return to our most critically acclaimed era”, continued Rob Bartholomew, brand director. “There’s been a multi-generational leap in technology since the original game and we are ready to set another benchmark in gaming.”

Here's a live-action teaser.

First shots below and two PC Gamer video interviews below. For detailed impressions, check out PCGamer, Eurogamer, Polygon, RPS and PCGamesN.

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