Total War: Rome II to get first patch this week

First patch to be released this Friday; developer to release regular weekly updates.

Creative Assembly has announced the first patch for recently released strategy game Total War: Rome II. The update will be released this Friday and address a number of crash issues and implement performance fixes.

The patch will be the first of a series, with Creative Assembly announcing its intention to release weekly updates for the game following this week's fix.

Plans for future releases include balance changes and modified AI routines, and will draw information based on data received from players.

Creative Assembly is encouraging players to report issues on the Total War: Rome II support forum.

Total War: Rome II is a sequel to 2004's Rome: Total War. The game introduces new features such as army stances, a revamped political system and combined naval and land battles. Players can make their way through more than 300 years of history.

For more on the game, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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Zorine “harli” Te is a long time Australian competitive gamer and also an Associate Editor at GameSpot.

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autopilotpothed
autopilotpothed

and what happened to the corpses! i want my corpses. NOW!

autopilotpothed
autopilotpothed

this is a 75% done project at best.

i am guessing that they are running out of funds and they had to release it first to keep paying their programmers.


Snaptrap
Snaptrap

I only have Napoleon and Empire. Good enough for me.

ewjiml
ewjiml

After playing the excellent Shogun 2 and its expansion Fall of the Samurai, Rome II seems like a cheap knock off of a Total War game.  I wanted to love this game but how can I with the amount of bugs, ugly HUD / facecards, the horrible AI who can't even amass a respectable army on Hard, and the horrendous End Turn wait.  CA dropped the ball on this one.  How?  I have no freaking clue. 

DogDingus
DogDingus

I love the Total War games, the only problem is I am a great general but a terrible terrible terrible governor.  I always end up with a gigantic war machine that I can only fund by incessant conquest and hope that I can reach my objectives before the entire populace burns all of my conquered cities to the ground.  

Ironic seeing as how I hate Alexander the Great as a historical figure for this exact same reason.  He was an amazing general but shit at governing, hence the massive split of his empire once he died.

joey1878
joey1878

HELP! AM NEW TO TOTAL WAR , WHERE DO YOU FIND AND INSTALL THE NEW PATCH ? THANKS

corporal-death
corporal-death

I can put up with the gliches as i know eventually they'll all get patched. biggest annoyance for me is that i preorder the game from amazon and still haven't received the free dlc greek culture pack, and by the look of it when i do receive it the code won't work anyway. Frustrating is the predominate word for the rome II release.

Amnerbakker
Amnerbakker

Tbh all the haters are only hating because there PC's cant handle it.
Neither can mine, but it still looks rly good and it takes around 4-5hours to get used to the new interface. For the rest great game, perhaps abit more time needed in the beta but still they are gonne patch it almost every week, not like ubisoft who still need to fix might and magic and other games from years before.

xvi3tprid3boix
xvi3tprid3boix

This game looks really bland, it isn't too deep and it is what make it not so awesome. A more detailed, deep, and variety game will make it unforgettable. Overall this game looks very rushed. It need at least around another 8 months or more to make it more unique than other previous total games. Ohhh well ill see if I should get this game.

Crowgasm888
Crowgasm888

The game runs beautifully for me on very high settings - rather high end PC, however. That's pre-patch.

All TW games have shipped with major, even crippling AI issues. This one is probably worst but it's also the most ambitious. It would obviously be nice if developers properly optimized their products before release but that's a thing of the past, if it ever really was true. 

Patches will fix the critical issues and the modding community will take the game to a new level, as it has since the early TW games. It will be great, eventually.

On the Steam issue, you can apparently play the game outside of Steam if you buy a region lock hard copy. Not 100% on this as I have Steam but I've read comments to this effect with people confirming as much,elsewhere.


FinnishTeenager
FinnishTeenager

Frankly, I have not experienced any lags except some small texture lags and a one hilarious one, when my admiral's ship got stucked to enemy's admiral's ship and couln't get off. I suppose it pretty much depends on your computer's quality.

DarthEli
DarthEli

Where can I download this patch? The full one, not the beta.

prince__vlad
prince__vlad

TWR 2 is a joke and an insult to hardcore fans. CA made the game stupid , revolts after revolts, impossible rate of disturb in cities etc and the battles are terrible...enemy stays with its back when you fire arrow or spears at it, it's laughable...and runs on the field in less than a minute no matter if there are your troops or enemie's , no matter what moral bonuses they have....The graphic looks decent but the colors look bad, they don't match anything ...you can see that with your naked eye in the first seconds of the game..

If this patch or any other they will come won't address this terrible blunders I won't buy the game...it's a real stiff and I advise other to do the same. I am sorry  and simpathetic for the stupids who preordered this insult ...of "game". Maybe this will be a lesson to them in the future . If not...Someone said that ..."for the ones who fail to understand it,history repeat itself mocking them" ...:D

carolino
carolino

♪♪♪♪♪♪♪ ANGRY JOEEEEEEEEEE

ANGRY JOEEE SHOOOWWW ♪♪♪♪♪♪♪

pygmyschizoid
pygmyschizoid

If  it were EA, people would be demonizing it, but as it is CA, people just forgave.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

The one major problem, more so than anything else so far, is that when the enemy ai attacks you, they run directly at your line and then at the last second, they retreat. It makes it almost impossible to have a real battle unless you charge them first.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

One of the most annoying bugs I've encountered, and all my friends have reported it too, is that when you are allied with someone, or someone else is blockading/attacking a city - you can't attack it. I had a 100+ turn alliance with Syracuse and they were blocking me from taking Carthage. I had to betray them just to take it over. Which is weird because they did the same thing to Lilybaeum, but I was able to attack it and they joined me in the battle as allies. Then got murdered by elephants, instead of keeping their  units together.

EngieTDR
EngieTDR

I love the game, though there are a few bugs. But the biggest dissappointment is how the community is reacting. Idiots always need something to bitch over, instead of just reporting bugs to CA and waiting for a fix like they should.

jimmmygreen
jimmmygreen

Not happy with the AI. Many many times ive attacked a city only to watch the main army run away when they should be helping the city. The AI seems to be the biggest thing for me. Had to stop playing on hard it was like playing on easy compared to shogun. Some great features with this game but im just really disappointing in the level of ai. Total war should be a challenge and this isnt doing it for me compared shogun 2. I want to be struggling to win and conquer! not a walk over. I took carthage and it was like taking a village. So now ive started very hard and to be honest its looking like the same deal. A lack of aggression from the AI....Just a disappointing start but i did half expect them not to get it right on release as been mentioned in this forum shogun 2 was buggy and shit at the start i guess i have to be patient and wait for them to sort the ai..

YearoftheSnake5
YearoftheSnake5

I had a feeling there would be bugs. Rome II is a pretty ambitious game. I can't enjoy everything it has to offer until I upgrade my graphics card, and by the time that happens, it should be nice and patched.

vetiarvind
vetiarvind

@autopilotpothed Such poor management. It would have made more sense had they finished the basic mechanics before scaling up the project so much.

mariocerame
mariocerame

@ewjiml .

I think that really sums it up really well.  It felt like I'm playing a game made by a different company than CA that's trying to imitate a TW game, and failing to do so. 

coop36
coop36

@joey1878 The Steam-client does it automatically. Or is supposed to anyway..

vetiarvind
vetiarvind

@Amnerbakker Please. My comp. handled Shogun 2 like a boss on extreme and Rome 2 struggles on Low. Don't excuse that this was a shite release.

VukonjaBBB
VukonjaBBB

@Amnerbakker Haters? I have a GTX 780 OC which outperforms a GTX titan on a single monitor plus fx 8350 adm processor, i play crysis on ultra 50/60fps and I cant play this shit on ultra with some options off with 30 fps....

StealthHimself
StealthHimself

@xvi3tprid3boix Sega/Creative Assembly seems to have a problem with rushing their games. When I first played Rome Total War the 1st it also felt bland and very rushed. I think more companies should take extra development time when their game meets the scheduled deadline, hey, look at Valve and Half Life for example.

sharptoothuk88
sharptoothuk88

@xvi3tprid3boix I would definitely wait some; it's way too buggy (does feel like it's still in beta) to be worth playing at the moment. I will wait another month or so being playing again, as the patches 'might' solve some issues. Definitely lost a lot of faith in CA that's for sure.

Serbiansword
Serbiansword

@FinnishTeenager Those are called bugs, not lags. Lagging can be a problem with latency (when you play something online), or graphics lagging, when your FPS is really low thus the game seems to be "choppy". And no, no matter how good PC you have, if the game code isn't written properly you will still experience bugs.

AnimeFreaks
AnimeFreaks

@prince__vlad exactly what is your problem? its one thing to not like the game, and its totally another to go as far as bashing people who have bought the game.

there are people who pre-order the game for many reasons and not all of them will be disappointed. regardless pre-ordering a game is hardly anything big. what are you going to say about people who fund kick starter projects? millions of them...

 as it stands you are the stupid one who doesnt understand anything.

prince__vlad
prince__vlad

PS - I forgot to add that CA lied when they said you can command 40 units in a battle. You can't WITH one general !!! You can only IF there is another army near you...so they lied us again...It comes in my mind the lie GEARBOX served us when they showed us that little movie in alien colonial marines...remember ? CA are stinking now , too as gearbox...

BloodyAura
BloodyAura

@carolino Yeah! Go Angry Joe!

I saw that video of him playing this broken game, it was actually pretty funny, poor Joe, and hopefully they take his advice!

prince__vlad
prince__vlad

@Ballor8512  

I totally agree. The so-called game it's a mess from one end to another ! ipiccally these days with developer and publishers greed and lack of any ethics and morale.

prince__vlad
prince__vlad

@Grenadeh 

that's nothing; try take a city with ladders. There are none when you start the battle and you are looking to the walls...Wonderfulll...:D

prince__vlad
prince__vlad

@EngieTDR 

Really ? YOU are the real IDIOT here boy. Take a look to the modding comunity what they made from TWR I . That looks a polished game, not this unfinished garbage. Learn to think before open your mouth kid. It will help you in life more than you think.

Amnerbakker
Amnerbakker

 
I have a 7700 Sapp, bit of a old card. I can run it on Ultra easy. Only 6G of RAM. And yes AMD.
Not even Intel and I have zero problems. Perhaps like I said, you either cant build a PC or you have to wait for the patches. have nice day .. dont  cry to much u2.

SirNormanislost
SirNormanislost

@prince__vlad "I forgot to add that CA lied when they said you can command 40 units in a battle. You can't WITH one general !!! You can only IF there is another army near you"

then its not a lie is it? unless they specifically said you can take 40 unit into battle with one general

SteamyPotatoes
SteamyPotatoes

@joey1878 Steam Downloads it automatically, try launching the game or restarting Steam if it's been funny about it. 

CastorT
CastorT

@prince__vlad

Even RTW had its fair share of bugs, I'm sure.

Don't remember well though. But it was patched to 1.5 at least..

CastorT
CastorT

@prince__vlad

Even RTW had its fair share of bugs on the release, I'm sure.

I don't remember well though.

VukonjaBBB
VukonjaBBB

@Amnerbakker lol you have a 1.28 tflops card i have a 4. You can't run the game on ultra (on full hd resolution ) even in your dreams. 

After the patch though I play it on maximum without any problems.

SteamyPotatoes
SteamyPotatoes

@joey1878 if the game launches while you're online chances are it's installed already, failing that "Verify Integrity of Game Cache" inside the game properties.

joey1878
joey1878

@SteamyPotatoes so is there anyway of me checking on steam that its been downloaded and i already have it?