First campaign DLC for Total War: Rome II out next week for $15

"Caesar in Gaul" expansion launching for Creative Assembly's strategy game December 12; introduces 18 provinces to conquer, new units.

Sega and The Creative Assembly today announced Caesar in Gaul, the first campaign expansion for strategy game Total War: Rome II, which focuses on Caesar's Gallic War.

Four factions are available in Caesar in Gaul, including the Gallic Arverni, the Germanic Suebi, the Belgic Nervii, and Rome. Sega explained that the campaign itself is inspired by Julius Caesar's writings in Commentarii de bello Gallico (Commentaries on the Gallic war).

Total War: Rome II has added numerous free DLC packs since launch in September, but the Caesar in Gaul expansion won't be given away. Players can purchase the expansion starting on December 12 for 14.99/£9.99/€14.99.

Caesar in Gaul introduces a new campaign map of Gaul and southern Britannia, featuring 18 provinces to conquer, settlements, capitals, and new environmental effects. Gamers will be able to play through the entire campaign with characters like Caesar (Rome) and Vercingetorix (Gaul).

Because the campaign timespan is shorter than others (58-51BC), every in-game year is divided into more turns, Sega said. What's more, as the calendar changes, so will seasons, thereby introducing new season-based gameplay effects and other visual alterations.

The Caesar in Gaul expansion also aims to tighten up the experience, with two-player campaigns becoming "more focused and less time-consuming" than the full Total War: Rome II campaign.

Lastly, the new content introduces a new historical battle (The Battle of Alesia), as well as new units for the Boii, the Galatians, the Nervii, and the Gallic tribes, as well as fresh auxiliary and mercenary units.

Total War: Rome II launched in September and sold more than 800,000 copies in under a month. For more, check out GameSpot's review.

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WautraetsM
WautraetsM

And of course the Eburone tribes weren't included. (spoileralert, Ceasar lost to the Belgian Eburones)

Sozialminister
Sozialminister

I was so excited for Rome 2, but I still havent bought it.  First I didnt want to preoder it, because of its preorder DLC. Then i didnt want to buy it day one because of its beta state. I dont support games that are not even finished when released. Now everyone is still complaining about many issues with this game. But instead of patching it right, they try to rip gamers off by selling overpriced and ridiculous DLC like that Blood & Gore stuff. This stuff should be for free! It should be in the release version of the game! Sega is heading in a very wrong direction with this series. That is very sad because Total War is one of my favourite gaming series ever!


And I dont buy Rome 2 until Sega/CA get their shit together.

Triton
Triton

Nah, will wait until on sale at steam next year with all DLC. Matrix Games has killer sale right now and filled my Rome fix with Alea Jacta Est and Birth of Rome.

stoods
stoods

It annoys me that it is using the 800,000 copies sold in 1st month as it is undeserved. But if you bought it back then and haven't played it since, go ahead! It is considerably better and you might as well get your moneys worth, since we won't be getting any of our money back and it is a rather good game. 

TalesOfGod
TalesOfGod

What have we learned today?

That the Total War community still has some respect and common sense for themselves if they choose not to buy this utter crap when they still haven't fixed up Rome ll.

spikepigeo
spikepigeo

Fuck right off, CA/SEGA. You still owe me a 60 dollar value in the current steaming heap called Rome II. What makes you think I want to give you 15 more?

m_dorian
m_dorian

Yes, i am sure all sensible TW fans are jumping with joy with this announcement. It would be better if CA would have paid $15 to anyone downloading this DLC as a sign of fan appreciation due to their tireless betatesting after the game launched.

BigFeef
BigFeef

Wow, SEGA and Creative Assembly sure know how to kick fans of the Total War series when they're down... I gave these clowns a chance after the Empire debacle because Shogun 2 was a well-made game; even though I despise their DLC policy of locking down modding options so it doesn't compete with their lackluster unit and faction packs. Rome 2 launched as a pile of dung; and 6+ patches in, is still a pile of dung. Now they have the gall of trying to sell those of us who were unfortunate enough to buy this failure of a game on an 'expansion' when basic features like sieges still don't work properly?

I think the Total War series just earned itself a spot on my "buy only when 75% off on Steam *if* it's really good" list.

Revival125
Revival125

CA can drop dead. I waited up without sleep after preordering rome 2, waiting on the morning it activated to play a game that had been sold to us by CA. LIES send them to caeser!! Send them into the gladiatorial arena for their lies!! The game disgusts me in its brokenness as well as the removal of features such as the family tree.

TheGreatPhoenix
TheGreatPhoenix

It at least has to be better value for money that you would get out of the "blood splatter pack"

still milking it like this, on a game so broken is.... a shwamefwel dispway!

G30Rg3PSc0tT
G30Rg3PSc0tT

I read the comments and think, I must be the only guy here who actually likes the game...

Genocide6sic6
Genocide6sic6

Go eff yourselves CA.  After you fisted me $60 on a busted game, you ask for another $3 for blood.  Now $15 for a friggin campaign when the core game is still a pile of shitpiss?  I'd pay that to watch someone burn CA and companies like it to the ground with their employees locked inside.  I'm tired of being fucked by pubs/devs.

BuBsay
BuBsay

Oh look, Creative Assembly making us pay for more factions again, sorry but Rome 2 is hands down the worst Total War yet, why it has less features than even Rome 1 does is beyond me; hell it had even buggier release Empire: Total War which was ludicrously painful to play through at first.


It's kinda sad that what were formerly cheats (or simply just editing the .ini file to get more countries playable) you now have to pay $8-$15 for...

hampton2003
hampton2003

im pretty much done with TW atm. I cant tell who is to blame, CA or sega or both; I haven't played rome 2 since OCT and instead of fixing the main game you guys have already moved on in full business mode to make more dlc for $. only the super loyal, blind or uninformed will buy this.

jessie82
jessie82

i still rather wait till 2015 or w.e and get the goty/ulti edition

JSusie
JSusie

I never played this game, how comparable is it to Shogun 2?

ragnar320
ragnar320

well im excited for this. this is what i wanted in the first place not the entire map of Europe which is fun but i want to fight a kingdom that can field as good of armies as i can not just someone who has two to three territories but like an empire against an empire cause even on very hard the game got kinda boring after like 100 turns cause it was the same thing over and over again

RC-Sev
RC-Sev

The game presents itself well, this expansion is one of the things it needs, but the amount of paid content is rather depressing. Waiting for sufficient sales in Steam will take several years. Hell.

RC-Sev
RC-Sev

Holy shit, screens told the truth!

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

This might get me to play again. Love CA to death but honestly I didn't even finish the main campaign due to boredom and ridiculousness. They just....lied...about the game. They said battles would have gravity. They said AI would stop being retarded, would stop being suicidal, and none of the things they said have really happened even post-patch.

For example: When I exterminate a faction, and they have 1 unit left, that 1 unit needs to stop attacking 5000 man armies and then not dying off during auto-resolve. I'm really not going to play a battle map game of 20 units vs 1 unit, just to kill it off permanently. 

demondogx
demondogx

No ofcourse no new features no more complexity no new machenics
Because mainstream does not like it according to CE and they wouldent do anything that might affect their metacritic score
So lets just add some new campaign with some new units

jhonMalcovich
jhonMalcovich

I am actually quite interesting in a less epic, but more historically focused Rome 2. In the main game, there are just too many factions. But I also expect more attention to details such as detailed terrain for that geographical location and specific units involved in that conflict.

summersgod
summersgod

The AI and graphics are terrible in Rome 2 unfortunately :P  Shogun 2 was a fantastic game as well :P 

AzureBonds76
AzureBonds76

Anyone seen Angry Joe's vid on this game ? I haven't played it, so I'm not sure whether the patches fixed any of the problem. But I will say that the glitch compilations I've seen on youtube are some of the funniest shit I've seen in a while.

shingui5
shingui5

I, urm...i really don't know what to think about this.

On the one hand, the idea of this campaign expansion sounds quite cool. It's an interesting period, and a more tightly focused campaign gives a greater chance of a better experience overall.

However, the game still is in a bad place. The siege AI is bloody awful, the ai still can't control their empires properly, the game still isn't optimised well, the agent system is kind of crappy, the political system is the most redundant feature i have ever seen in a video game, and so on.

For this expansion to be worth buying, they need to add new features, and overhaul existing ones, so that this new campaign isn't as stale as the vanilla one. 

oflow
oflow

I hate this game and want my money back.  this bug-ridden pile of crap is now bleeding you with more DLC. Try fixing your crappy game first?

KaiserTeufel87
KaiserTeufel87

@WautraetsMCaesar wasn't in direct command of the Romans that lost to the Eburones. When he faced them in battle the forces under his leadership defeated the Eburones despite being outnumbered. Spoiler alert: Caesar made an example of the Eburones and slaughtered them.

Tzardok
Tzardok

@Sozialminister I have Rome 2, played two campaigns so far. The first one, right of the bat, encountered some small glitches but nothing glaring either (though other players were reporting some pretty nasty save glitches) and most of them happened to me in the prelude/tutorial case, campaign was pretty clean. 

The second play thru (note that I have not done the prelude again), I have not encountered anything off (about 60% of the map taken so far). So I say they probably fix it. You do need a pretty tough PC to run it though.

As for Blood and Gore, I passed. I rather not go into the violence in detail. I contemplated for a while and I think, for me at least, the game does not need blood or gore and ironically it would lose some appeal to me.

Also, they have given greek states, the barbarian tribes for free, so I don't see SEGA as abusive as some other publishers in the DLC department, don't recall the last free DLC from Activision or EA in example.

As for this expansion? I think I will wait some good six months and get it on discount. I mean, the main campaign has pretty much everything I want. I prefer longer matches than short ones.

thechuck11
thechuck11

@G30Rg3PSc0tT You aren't alone, most of the people here are just still pissed about the two month beta test CA put us through

spikepigeo
spikepigeo

@JSusie Like night and day. Imagine, for a moment, that someone hands you a game that looks really good, but runs like shit. Then they hand you a game that looks almost as good as the first and runs absolutely flawlessly. Which one are you going to choose?

Now imagine that the first game is like checkers and the latter is like chess. One is hilariously shallow ( no dis on chess intended), the other is deep and involving (relatively).

You've probably guessed by now that the former is Rome II and the latter is Shogun II. Get the latter. It's much cheaper and worth ten times more than CA's "lates and greatest" title.

shingui5
shingui5

@JSusie 

Shogun 2, or Shogun2: Fall of the Samurai, is by far the superior TotalWar game. 

Fabian85
Fabian85

@AzureBonds76 Heard the patches fixed a lot of issues. Although not siege AI. Still no SLI support also. And they are working on major ai fix so not properly patched yet.

Saidrex
Saidrex

@AzureBonds76 well, 800 lines long changelog looks impresive,  most serious bugs have been fixed and game from pre-alpha is now at beta stage.

normanislost
normanislost

@shingui5 what made me laugh when i first played was how badly the attack and unit hit points were balanced

Rome1 or shogun you have 2 units of infantry engage each other and theres a nice little battle in rome 2 one squad would fall over so quickly it was laughable 

DarkJedi8_basic
DarkJedi8_basic

@oflow While they have implemented many fixes to this game since launch (it is no longer the "bug-ridden pile of crap" that you stated), there are still many fixes that are needed.  It would not have been a bad move to delay this DLC and focus more on the initial fixes.  I'll still get it though.

BigFeef
BigFeef

@Tzardok @Sozialminister First off, the Greek States Pack wasn't 'free'; you had to pre-order the game to get it. Second, the Nomadic Tribes Pack was only free for a week; and that was only because when they decided to release it, the game was in such a shitty state there was no way they could justify selling that to you for $8. Now they're at it again with rumours of the Bactria Pack (with Galatian Legionaries and no Indian units for fuck's sake!) being free for a limited time...

G30Rg3PSc0tT
G30Rg3PSc0tT

@thechuck11 @G30Rg3PSc0tT Weirdly, I haven't had much trouble with bugs, nothing game-breaking at any rate. And CA have been very good, when it comes to regularly patching the game and getting it fixed.

summersgod
summersgod

@Grenadeh @summersgod What are you serious? All it takes to win a siege or battle with buildings is Pontic flaming spear throwers, get the army bottle necked between 2 buildings and I can decimate an army in 2 mins..... The AI is terrrible. 

oflow
oflow

@Fabian85 ya buy our DLC for the next stage of beta.  what a load of crap.  I shoulda bought planetary annihilation at least thats actually still a beta

Fabian85
Fabian85

@oflow I agree shogun 2 had sli support and is the overall better game. Biggest issue i think is the UI wiich is hard coded and prolly cant be offset by mods, Reaserch tree and lack of family tree. Game is in many ways inferior to its predecessor, Mods can fix some things though like battle length and ai and turns, I dont mind expansion if its the same kind as kingdoms but they are making it into a money grabbing shitfest paying for faction after faction. Worst thing is this game is a sale success but dont support the direction they have been taking if you can avoid it.