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    A few days ago, we reported that dataminers were able to obtain information on the upcoming Total War: Rome 2 DLC. Today, it’s 100 percent confirmed. The DLC is titled Rise of the Republic and deals with the early days of the Roman Republic.

    Before it was a continent-spanning empire, Rome was just a minor republic in the Italian peninsula beset by rival tribes. In 399 BC, the Gauls under Brennus almost crushed the legend of Rome before it even began when they sacked the city. The urgency and chaos of the time period are what developers Creative Assembly wish to achieve in this new Total War: Rome 2 offering.

    Total War on the Italian Peninsula

    The Total War: Rome 2 – Rise of the Republic DLC will allow players to choose the following factions:

    • The young Roman Republic under Marcus Furius Camillus
    • The Samnites, a rival state on the Italian peninsula
    • The Senones, the Gallic tribe under their chieftain Brennus
    • Syracuse, a Sicilian city-state ruled by Greeks
    • Various other tribes and city-states that vied for power in the Italian peninsula such as Taras, a city-state founded by Sparta

    The Rise of the Republic DLC will also introduce new mechanics such as Government Actions specific to the faction of your choosing. For instance, Rome may appoint consuls and dictators when in dire straits. Meanwhile, Taras can recruit philosophers to boost the speed of technology research. Also, the Gallic factions have councils led by druids to provide public order and other bonuses.

    Factions will have their own specific event chains such as Rome engaging in a balancing at between the patrician and plebian classes. Likewise, the Greek colonial factions look to the struggles of their peoples back home across the Adriatic. In addition to that, dilemmas regarding Carthage’s or Massalia’s (Marseille) interference during your campaign will be presented.

    Total War: Rome 2 – Rise of the Republic is set for release on August 9. Players may also opt-in for the beta via Steam.

    Jason Rodriguez
    Jason Rodriguez writes for various websites under the Enthusiast Gaming umbrella -- Destructoid, Flixist, Daily Esports, PlayStation Enthusiast, and PC Invasion. Jason's Steam library has 1,400+ games at the moment so he definitely has a lot of things to talk about. He's also one of only five games journalists from the Philippines. Just kidding. There are definitely more around, but he doesn't know anyone. Mabuhay!

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