The fine fellows over at The Creative Assembly have something special in the works. Today the team announced their first substantial expansion for Total War: Rome II, titled Caesar in Gaul and dealing with Caesar's Gallic war. We're talking about a huge amount of content for the small price of $14.99. Probably the best part of this announcement, however, is that it will be released December 12 -- just a few days away.
Mike Simpson, Creative Director of the Total War franchise, offered the following statement:
"We’ve released a number of DLC packs and free content updates for Rome II, but this is our most substantial so far. We’ve always planned to focus more closely on some of the key conflicts of the ancient world, and Caesar’s war in Gaul is the ideal place to start."
Basically, this expansion is going to be stuffed with content. The team at The Creative Assembly has recieved positive feedback on their previously released DLC packs, both premium and free, and wanted to do something more substantial. The end result was this campaign expansion, Caesar in Gaul.
Here are the new feature additions coming in Caesar in Gaul, as described by The Creative Assembly:
- New campaign map: The expanded map of Gaul and southern Britannia brings 18 provinces to conquer, fully detailed with resources, settlements, capitals, and new environmental effects.
- Greater focus on characters: Play through the campaign with faction-leading avatars such as Caesar and Vercingetorix.
- 24 turns per year & seasons: A shorter campaign timespan (58-51BC) means each in-game year is split into more turns. As the calendar changes, so do the seasons, bringing seasonal gameplay effects and stunning visual alterations.
- New mid-game challenge mechanics: Caesar in Gaul replaces Rome II’s civil war with different, conflict-appropriate mechanics. As barbarian players progress, they’ll begin to feel the mailed fist of Rome as heavy intervention forces are sent to Gaul. Likewise, Roman players will see the tribes rebelling and forming alliances.
- Compact, focussed multiplayer campaign: With a tighter geographic scope and faction-roster, 2-player campaigns are more focussed and less time-consuming than the full Rome II campaign.
- New historical battle: Surrounded and outnumbered, take on the role of Caesar as he fights the last desperate, decisive engagement of the Gallic War: the battle of Alesia.
- New Total War: Rome II playable factions: Alongside the factions playable in Caesar in Gaul, several playable factions are also unlocked in the full Rome II campaign: the Nervii, the Boii and the Galatians.
- New units: A raft of new battlefield units is unlocked for the Boii, the Galatians, the Nervii and the Gallic tribes, plus new auxiliary and mercenary units.
If you're a Total War: Rome II fan make sure to pick up the Caesar in Gaul expansion starting December 12 for just $14.99.