Four years after its 2013 release, Total War: Rome 2 is getting a new expansion dealing with the Crisis of the Third Century. Empire Divided reflects the crisis in its name; it was a period where the Roman empire was split between vying factions, and assailed by external threats. The new DLC is out on 30 November, priced $17.

A trailer covering the expansion’s three main contenders for ruler of the Roman empire has been released today. Aurelian is hoping to oust the pretenders currently occupying Rome’s capital, while also dealing with his main challengers to the east (Queen Zenobia of Palmyra) and the west (Gallic Rome, led by Tetricus). Beyond them, other threats like the Gothi and Sassanids await any slip-ups.

In Total War: Rome 2 Empire Divided, five of the ten playable factions will be dubbed ‘heroic’ and have more of a narrative guidance to their mission structures. The DLC is also introducing new campaign management features like cults, and plagues, to make your task that bit harder.

It will be released in conjunction with a ‘Power and Politics’ patch that will be free to everybody. The patch adds more layers to the political portion of the game, making you juggle the influence various parties are having in your senate (or kingdom, and so on)

Speaking of free things, if you own Total War: Rome 2 you can head to the Total War Access site to claim one of three free DLCs. Either Wrath of Sparta, Nomadic Tribes, or Black Sea Colonies can be yours (if you let TW Access link up with your Steam account to do so).

Here’s the trailer.


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