Sega has revealed today that The Creative Assembly's PC strategy game Total War: Rome 2 will be launching worldwide on September 3rd. The $60 standard edition will be accompanied by a $155 Collector's Edition available in limited quantities.
Rome 2 takes place during the rise of the Roman Republic. Players can lead Rome to dominate the known world, or control one of its rival nations like Carthage. They'll have to manage the trade, diplomacy and warfare of whatever nation they choose. Empire management is turn-based, while the massive land and sea battles play out in real-time.
The game will ship with 8 playable factions. Pre-ordering, however, will unlock access to the Greek States Culture Pack with three more factions: Epirus, Athens and Sparta. Each has distinct units, missions and victory conditions. Sparta is said to be a particularly challenging nation to lead to victory.
Sega is creating 22,000 copies of Rome 2's Collector's Edition. This bundle, packaged in a leather-effect box, includes the following extras:
Numbered copy of Total War™: ROME II - The most ambitious and expansive game in the Total War™ series to date, ROME II brings the statecraft, politics, intrigue, diplomacy and epic battles of the ancient world to life in thrilling detail. This version comes in a debossed Steelbook™ case, laser-etched with your unique collector’s number in Roman numerals.
Tabula set - The Roman forerunner to Backgammon, this Tabula set comprises 30 bone-effect game pieces supplied in their own burlap drawstring bag; the board itself is built into the base of the Collector’s Edition box.
Tesserae Dice - Three replica bone-effect dice for use in a variety of games. The design is based on original Roman Tesserae, found at the archaeological site of Herculaneum.
Total War Cards™: PUNIC WARS - Designed from the ground up to echo elements from ROME II, Total War Cards is a game of skill and luck for two players. Involving combat, territorial control, resource management and technological development, PUNIC WARS consists of 58 high-quality playing cards and a game-board printed with the PUNIC WARS tech-tree.
Canvas Campaign Map - A reminder of the world you must conquer, this ribbon-tied canvas map depicts each of the 57 provinces of the ROME II campaign.
Roman Onager - A complete, fully-functional Onager, or Roman siege catapult. This easy-to-assemble kit is constructed from weathered wood and steel, measures 26cm x 12cm x 12cm, and is capable of unleashing small projectiles at a variety of inanimate objects which may have affronted the glory of your empire.
A list of retailers offering the CE can be found at TotalWar.com.