A complete collection of all the free Total War: Rome 2 DLC is being released as the Total War: Rome 2 Emperor Edition, and this update also includes a brand new campaign. Existing owners of Rome 2 will get this update (which improves politics, among other things) entirely free of charge. Steam will patch the game in the usual fashion when Emperor Edition launches.
It’s basically a re-issue of the game to include a year’s worth of patches, updates and feature changes. Plus a few additional factions and the like which have been given away for free over the last few months. Paid DLC like Caesar in Rome are not included in the bundle, but are (of course) compatible. There’s a full FAQ regarding the Emperor Edition over at the Total War forums.
The included Imperator Augustus campaign pack brings a new campaign focusing on the Second Triumvirate War in which Octavian, Marc Antony and Lepidus are all vying to become the very first Emperor of Rome.
That’s not all though, Creative Assembly have been a busy bunch because there’s also Twitch.tv integration, touch controls, new factions, new units and now a Mac version. Mike Simpson, Creative Director of the Total War team, said:
“ROME II was far and away our most ambitious game. We see more people playing, and playing for longer, than any other game in the Total War series. However, we take our players’ feedback very seriously. Through the multitude of improvements and free content updates we’ve brought to ROME II since its launch, we’ve worked hard to try and meet their expectations. We want Emperor Edition to be remembered as one of our finest games.”
Jack Lusted, Development Lead of CA’s New Content Team added:
“With the Imperator Augustus Campaign Pack, we wanted to recreate the vast civil war which erupted after Julius Caesar’s murder”, said Lusted. “You can tackle the campaign as various Roman and non-Roman factions, including Armenia for the first time. Our aim was to represent the titanic power struggle that led to Octavian becoming the first Emperor of Rome. It’s a pretty epic campaign, and it’s great that we can offer this to existing ROME II players for free as a thanks for their support”.
You can watch the CA chaps discuss this new release in a video and the Emperor Edition will pop up some time in September. A release date will be announced soon.