Total War: Rome II day-one DLC detailed

Sega reveals free launch-day DLC is game's ninth playable faction, Pontus.

When Total War: Rome II launches later this year for PC, free downloadable content will be available on day-one. Publisher Sega announced today that the game's ninth playable faction--Pontus--will be up for grabs at no additional cost come launch.

According to developer Creative Assembly, the Pontus faction hails from the mountainous regions surrounding the Black Sea and is "distinctly eastern in outlook and attitude."

"Resolute in battle and feared for its swift, deadly scythed chariots, Pontus stands poised to sweep South into the Arabian Lands, or West, to threaten Asia and Greece," reads a description of the faction.

More information about the Pontus faction is available at the Total War: Rome II website.

A release date for Total War: Rome II has yet to be finalized, but Sega said this information should come "soon."

Beyond Total War: Rome II, Creative Assembly is working on free-to-play MOBA Total War: Arena, as well as new Warhammer games.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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LilithN
LilithN

I do not care, I just want this game. Badly. 

Poodlejumper
Poodlejumper

I gasped until I read "free".

I was already to say "Et tu Creative Assembly?"...but thankfully I'm wrong.

Caldrin
Caldrin

Great so now Sega are at it as well.. Now as its free I am guessing it was just content that was not quite ready when the game went gold.. still they sued to just call these patches.. hehe

prince__vlad
prince__vlad

"free downloadable content will be available on day-one. Publisher Sega announced today that the game's ninth playable faction--Pontus--will be up for grabs at no additional cost come launch."

So they release a DLC which is not a DLC , because is for free. Or they misprinted  that or...SEGA and the gang are true idiots. Why put a free DLC, in day one, when you can include that in game ? At least E.A. with battlefield 3 took charge for a day one DLC...lol

gplayer5
gplayer5

While I'm glad they're making the dlc free, I'm confused on why they're making dlc for a game right when it comes out. Why not just add it into the game itself instead of breaking the game apart...

tduhon07
tduhon07

Day 1 DLC! Rant, Rave, Greedy Publishers! 

Oh wait, It's free.

Nvm.

the_bi99man
the_bi99man

I saw "day one DLC" and got worried. Then I saw "free", and now I'm just confused.

brian_13un
brian_13un

The Best in things in life are Free :) :) 

ewjiml
ewjiml

Seriously?  How many retards can complain about something that is being given for free? 

jotalandia
jotalandia

didn't fall for this market plot, sry

gix47
gix47

Day One DLC and it's free. happy it's free but kinda odd that it was not in with the game to begin with,wonder if it's a time limit on this DLC, free for a month and then $$$ later,mmm.

leop4rd
leop4rd

its disappointing that in recent total wars you cant play as factions as you take them over like the total wars of old, im sure its still fantastic but having that element of conquering a tribe or whatever then playing as them was so cool.

Goyoshi12
Goyoshi12

I don't understand people's problem with the title. Seriously? Just read the first paragraph and you're good to go. Do people just want it to not say "day-one DLC" and instead "FREE Day-One DLC" just so that they don't have to read the whole article? I'm beginning to wonder if people here don't actually read these articles and instead just form an opinion based primarily on the title, maybe the bolded sentence at the top, and a few images and videos along the way and then think they know everything. Whatever.

On topic: I guess this is good. Still, though, I don't like this. Free or not DLC is still DLC and Day-One DLC is still stuff that, I feel, should be included in the full game. I don't get it, I really don't get it anymore and I know the reasons why. I keep reading and hearing the reasons for why this is the way it is but it still confuses me on how before this whole DLC craze games (for the most part) when they were released they were released and had the content that they would provide straight up and right out of the packaging. Whatever, it doesn't sound like very big DLC and it seems priced well so I guess as far as DLC goes this is an alright deal.

shakydvs010
shakydvs010

The reason why its free is because the game has already been completed and they are bug fixing and balancing the game.  This content is being made from a smaller group of dev's who wish to create additional content for the game.

This is the reason why its not added to the full game and added to the game as DLC. 


davros878
davros878

I don't get it. If it's free and on day one, why not just put it on the full game?

LittleChatelain
LittleChatelain

A pretty slick marketing strategy to encourage people to buy the game at launch. The 'Free' will likely drop from it a month or two after the game has been out. But if you wait til the price drops to pick it up, you probably won't mind the loss of the faction or paying the 5 dollars they will ask for it then. All in all not a bad set up for anyone in today's dlc driven industry.

laser00
laser00

For me, it should have not be even called a DLC in the first place. 

IJONOI
IJONOI

Sooooo, they decide to cut out a chunk of the finished product, rename it to DLC then trick everyone into thinking there oh so generous by making it free. 

I mean, I love the fact it is free, much better than what most of the other SOBs are doing with there DLC lately. But it's still just a clever ruse.

P.S. CANT WAIT FOR THIS! 

RenegadeGR
RenegadeGR

ALRIGHT FREE DLC!!! at least someone got something right...but then y didnt they just put the dlc with the game from the begining if its day one?

Ghosthunter54
Ghosthunter54

Day one DLC for free. At least someone gets it right. More likely to buy the game now. 

FlameBoyBen
FlameBoyBen

Does the "freeness" apply for used games as well ?

urtin3
urtin3

@prince__vlad because it's downloadable and it's a content so it's a downloadable content (DLC)

Devils-DIVISION
Devils-DIVISION

@gplayer5 Devs usually have about 3 months of nothing to do from the time the game is finished 'till its release. So that is why you get day-one DLC's.

dark_sith_
dark_sith_

@gplayer5 Maybe the game has already gone gold. I have no problem with free day one DLC. Steam automatically installs them, so I won't even notice it is DLC. I can't believe that I've just posted positive comment about DLC. Guess there is a first for everything.

shingui5
shingui5

@ewjiml a DLC label, brings out all the tinfoil hat wearers and cynical gamers. 

tduhon07
tduhon07

@gix47 They have to finish the game sometime. They could probably add dozens of playable races to the game, if they had the time to.  DLC allows them to finish the game, stay on schedule for release, but still work on content to add to the game.

shingui5
shingui5

@Goyoshi12 i'm curious. 

It's a day one DLC, free of charge DLC at that. what is the difference of it being on a disk or not? Since, essentially, it is apart of the main game, and absolutely zero hindrances have been put onto the player with this DLC. 
Hell, it could just be put in as a patch on launch day for all we know, meaning people won't even regard it as not being apart of the main game! 

Just because something is labeled DLC, doesn't mean it is instantly bad. 

Lord_Python1049
Lord_Python1049

@davros878 In the time it takes to print the disks, and send them out to retail they can finish their dlc.

ShimmeringSword
ShimmeringSword

@LittleChatelain Publishing the game takes a while, and the devs are nice enough to work on extra content for you during that time and are giving it to you for free. If it didn't arrive as DLC then you wouldn't get it at all. Be grateful and quit the blanket slandering of DLC.

shingui5
shingui5

@laser00 yet it's content, you need to download.

i see no contradiction here. 

Greyskin1
Greyskin1

@IJONOI I really don't think that's the case man. Also, i find it really funny that people only apply this way of thinking to games. Shows, books and movies all come out in an episodic nature, and yet nobody accuses those people of ripping them off or of purposely cutting out content. If you watch a movie trilogy, or read a book trilogy, are you gonna complain that they ripped it out of the main content just to make you buy more? I personally have never heard that with any other forms of media, only with games.

shingui5
shingui5

@IJONOI you realise how stupid this sounds, right?

if what you say is true, though i very much doubt it as you're just spouting ill-informed nonsense  why would they give ti away for free if they cut it from the game? that would render the entire exercise pretty pointless. 

cuddlyfuzzle
cuddlyfuzzle

@IJONOI It's how things are done. They know a segment of the gamer population are loyal to brands. They prey on those people. Just the mere mention of the term dlc brings vomit up my esophagus.

Cabose420
Cabose420

@RenegadeGR The main game is done, or almost done, and the main focus is on balance and bug fixing. Instead of having those with more time adding something directly to the game, its easier to have them make a "DLC" for the game. It also probably helps them test their DLC integration to the game for future DLC.

MaximumPorkchop
MaximumPorkchop

@FlameBoyBen Nowadays, there are really only two ways to acquire games: Steam and piracy. There's no such thing as a used game market on PC. Kinda scary, actually.

hankhill106
hankhill106

@FlameBoyBen Used games on a pc exclusive... Can I hit you. Stop trying to make them look bad they are doing fans a service by making it free.

IJONOI
IJONOI

@Greyskin1 @IJONOI Well, I'm really not sure you can compare films, books and games to be honest. The industry is just too different. But lets take LOTRs trilogy. About 1800 (quick number I just guessed) pages all in, and almost 12 hours of film. You can't expect to get all of that for the price of one movie ticket/book price., its just not rational. But a bit of game content thats ready on day one, should just be part of the game, it shouldn't be published as DLC, it just makes no sense. These are at least better than the rest of the industry making it free is a noble move. 

IJONOI
IJONOI

@shingui5 @IJONOI The point is matey, it shouldn't be labelled as free DLC on day one. Just include it in the game to begin with. 

FlameBoyBen
FlameBoyBen

@hankhill106 @FlameBoyBen It was a genuine question, I am sorry I offended you

but if your want to hit me over it, well its an over reaction, probably a poor joke :P. Heres another genuine question why do you care if they allegedly look bad from a single question, are you associated with the company? Why not answer the question (I mean even if you view it as "stupid) and go our separate ways, I might even thank you for answering :P

 "fan service" if the dlc was made in conjunction with the game then I viewed it as have to be released piece of content, its the minimal expectation, hence no points are gain "as a fan" but that's my view.

Devils-DIVISION
Devils-DIVISION

@ragnar320 @Devils-DIVISION @gplayer5 

Think mate. The game is not finished, it has nothing to do with a set release date. They know how much time they'll have between release and post production. Given that time frame, they have assessed that a day-one DLC, a Pontus playable faction, can be achieved for release on the same date.

Greyskin1
Greyskin1

@IJONOI @Greyskin1 I was more referring to DLC in general, because the people that complain about the free DLC just boggle my mind. I'm just saying that DLC isn't a rip off since it's not all in one game, and that they're cutting out the content of a game. If i can give my own example, the Game of Thrones series (A Song of Fire and Ice, for those who have read the books) is known to be a 7 book series, even though he's only written 5. Now, if they said the same thing about games (we will release DLC once the game is out to add content), people would claim that they ripped content from the original game, not that they were simply expanding the plot. DLC is also different because it almost never is part of the main plot. If you do't like those examples, look at star craft 2. Tons of people complained that they made it into 3 games, since in the olden days, all the races campaigns were in a single game. I played the first one, and it seemed fleshed out and complete as its own game, not like stuff was cut out. You're right, maybe it's not a perfect comparison, but then again, movies and books aren't the same as each other either. I dunno, i just find it weird that this is the only medium where people claim this kind of stuff. 

IJONOI
IJONOI

@Greyskin1 Although Cabose420 makes a good point just below. Kudos. 

shingui5
shingui5

@IJONOI yet what difference does it make, it being on the disk or in a day-one patch?

you'll not even notice it was ever not apart of the game. 

punkpunker
punkpunker

its the same thing, as an example, witcher 2 had added new quest through patches and the same with skyrim where they add new gameplay features through patches.