Total War fan immortalized in Rome II

After losing battle to cancer last summer, Creative Assembly creates Roman soldier bearing likeness of enthusiastic fan.

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Not long after spending time with Creative Assembly last summer and going hands-on with an early build of Total War: Rome II, 24-year-old fan James died of liver cancer. The team at Creative Assembly will immortalize James in the game by having his likeness appear as a Roman soldier, according to the developer (via Eurogamer).

James' visit to the Creative Assembly studio in Horsham, United Kingdom was made possible through The Willow Foundation, a UK charity that aims to provide "positive and life-enhancing special days" for seriously ill people. James was accompanied by his brother during his visit.

Total War community manager Craig Laycock said that he was "devastated" when he learned of James' death. He recalled his summer visit to the studio, saying James was passionate about the Total War series and asked numerous questions that day,

"And although he won't get the chance to see Rome II released, he will live on in some small way in our game," Laycock said. "And every time I see him I'll be reminded of what a great guy he was."

Total War: Rome II launches later this year exclusively for PC.

Discussion

95 comments
June-GS
June-GS

That's mighty nice of ya, CA. But if it were me, I'd have made him into a general or at least a captain, so at least he wouldn't be cannonfodder during our epic battles.

 As for James, that's sad. I didn't know him, but nobody deserves to die from cancer. Nobody.

kachal
kachal

RIP James 

Live long Creative Assembly

DanielL5583
DanielL5583

It's nice to see devs who are not only making good games but also recognising their fans.

The Creative Assembly has my respect, and I wish James' family the best through their loss. Rest in peace.

Kayweg
Kayweg

Only one word for this:


RESPECT !

ObiWan86
ObiWan86

Good thing they're not part of Electronic Arse...

This is a nice one, CA! RIP James, anyways :)

StaticKornSlipX
StaticKornSlipX

RIP James, great tribute to a passionate fan of the series. Kudos to Creative Assembly.

GodMan7
GodMan7

A way I'd love to be remembered when I die

jon2435
jon2435

Creative Assembly makes some of my favorite games and I think that this is part of the reason.  They care for the gamers.  I look forward to having James' likeness in my armies.

Sefrix
Sefrix moderator

 Very cool :) Good for them.

Wula_
Wula_

Even though I most likely won't play the game(not my type of game) respect points to the dev. Nice to see stuff like this happen.

JBStone1981
JBStone1981

Very cool. 

I wonder why Gamespot left out the kid's last name.

raynimrod
raynimrod

Very classy, and a very moving gesture.  RIP James.

DracoStrife
DracoStrife

Pretty cool for Creative Assembly for allowing James to come check out the studio and the game, then immortalizing him after his passing.  There are definitely good people in this world.

madsnakehhh
madsnakehhh

Even if this is a marketing scheme (and i'm not saying it is) this is still pretty kickass by Creative Assembly. RIP James.

sextus1
sextus1

Through the gaming world we know you James as a brother-in-arms. God Bless you and keep you in His Care.

apolloooo
apolloooo

classy game developer is classy indeed

Armyboy5
Armyboy5

It's nice to see that we are mature enough to put racism aside and just be here for James.. :) warms my heart and made this day much better.. started of this morning with a failed biology test, I got the silliest question "What is commonly found in cells?" Apparently black people wasn't the right answer

Rest in peace, white James

(It's obviously a joke, love ya'll black folk:))



DinoBuster
DinoBuster

It is really cool that they do things like this. Gearbox is kind of on my shitlist at the moment, but putting Mike Mamaril in Borderlands 2 was super classy and definitley awesome.

Adavanter
Adavanter

Reminds me of what JJ Abrams did for a Star Trek fan who sadly has also passed.

KaSeRRoR
KaSeRRoR

So cool... And so classy...

>=)

Coren_Larken
Coren_Larken

Well done. Very encouraging read. As cut-throat as the industry has been lately, it's good to read stuff like this.

yeah_28
yeah_28

its great but i can stop wishing they would've done it when he was alive so he could find out, its not a lot work honestly, too bad he died first.

surferosh
surferosh

touching...  good job Creative Assembly !

CaptainGamespot
CaptainGamespot

thats nice, a shame he didn't live to see himself in the game.

Shawndox
Shawndox

Reminds me of what Gearbox did in Borderlands 2.


May you forever be remembered in the halls of glory.

aleks_989
aleks_989

Haven't played Total War game so far but now I am certain that I will play this one. I was deeply moved. May his soul Rest in Peace ! 

electro57
electro57

Similar to when Gearbox saluted the Borderlands fan who died of cancer and included him as a vault hunter NPC in the sequel.

MarcusFeelius
MarcusFeelius

@madsnakehhh I only wish more companies realized that being awesome and thoughtful about fans brings more sales in the long run. Just makes me want to support these devs more.

fillup0
fillup0

@madsnakehhh I don't see this selling anymore units of the game. It's just a nice sentiment.

sekia37
sekia37

@Liferipper  

and not by some lousy cancer, but by the glory of battle! lol

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

@CaptainGamespot 

um kinda the chicken before the egg scenario. guy.  If he had lived...they wouldn't be doing it. Your shoes have Velcro on them?

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

@fillup0 @Suikogaiden

okay, getting a little too mushy...might wanna take it down a notch ladies