Total War publisher Sega has announced Total War: Rome II for launch next year. The PC game, sequel to the lauded 2004 strategy title Rome: Total War, remains in the hands of The Creative Assembly.
Sega's announcement promises the series' signature mix of real-time and turn-based action in Ancient Rome, with "tens of thousands" of troops clashing in "bone-splintering detail" as you helm the vast war machine of the world's first superpower. There's a new graphics engine crunching the numbers, and new unit cameras to let you see the battlefield from every perspective.
The first couple of screenshots of the game respectively reveal a large-scale naval invasion and swarms of soldiers in a detailed, smouldering cityscape. We spy a squad of battle elephants on the far left of the latter.