Total War: Rome II announced for 2013, will "set another benchmark"

Sega Europe’s offices may be officially closed, but that hasn’t killed the publisher’s ongoing relationship with European developer Creative Assembly and their popular Total War series. In fact, a brand new entry has been unveiled, and it will be bringing the series back to its most lauded chapter, the Roman Empire.

While Shogun 2 has been showered with praise for pushing the genre to its limits with an ambitious, sweeping scope and endlessly deep gameplay, Rome is still held by many as the pinnacle of the series nearly a decade after its initial release. The folks at Creative Assembly are acutely aware of this, and as Brand Director Rob Bartholemew points out, it’s the perfect place to take the series to the next level,

“In our 25th year of games development, it feels fitting to return to our most critically acclaimed era. There’s been a multi-generational leap in technology since the original game and we are ready to set another benchmark in gaming.”

Based on what we’ve seen from the series so far, it’s easy to take this undertaking very seriously. Unfortunately, we won’t see if these promises come to fruition until the game is released in 2013. For now you can check out the epic live-action trailer above and dream of what could be.

Anybody shocked and/or psyched about this announcement? I’ve never been a fan of the series, but I can totally see why people dig into such immersing, historically engaging games. As one of Sega’s four “safe” major IPs, it has to be doing something right.

[Source: IGN]

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