Thursday Feb 12, 2015
The rematch of the heavyweight strategy gaming contest they said could never happen is back for 2015! Total War: ROME II and Company of Heroes 2 communities go head to head in the second annual ‘Make War Not Love’ competition. This Valentine’s Day weekend, the two communities will compete in consecutive three hour rounds. Every in-game victory will count towards that side’s tally for the round and the community that wins the most rounds will earn some free DLC for players of the respective game.
Battle commences at 18:00GMT/10:00PST today and blows will be traded until 18:00GMT/10:00PST on February 15. During this time, both games will be available to play for free via Steam! Get involved in the pre-match trash talking on Twitter by following @totalwar and @companyheroes using the hashtag – “#mwnl”.
If Company of Heroes 2 Wins …
If Company of Heroes 2 wins, an assortment of premium skins and commanders worth around $20 will become available to download for free from 18:00GMT/10:00PST on February 16 until 18:00GMT/10:00PST on February 18.
If Total War: ROME II Wins …
If Total War: ROME II lands the knockout blow, the Black Sea Colonies Culture Pack will be made available for free from 18:00GMT/10:00PST on February 15 until 18:00GMT/10:00PST on February 17. The previously unannounced Longbeards Culture Pack for Total War: ATTILA will also be free for a day when it launches in late February.
Wait, There’s More Things and They Explode!
To add some extra spice to proceedings, the winning team in each round will see their community manager take a shot on the ‘Make War Not Love’ Shooting Range, choosing from a selection of random historical weaponry and taking aim at offensive Valentine’s trinkets. Make sure you catch all the carnage in merciless slo-mo! There will even be exclusive Steam achievements to pick up throughout the promotion! Look out for “Company of Zeroes, more like…” and “Snore, snore, Total Bore!” along with several more.
“We beat them last year. We’ll beat them again,” said Cynthia Griffiths, Associate Community Manager for Company of Heroes 2, while picking bits of Centurion out of the tread of an M4 Sherman. “We’re confident that spears and shields will continue to be no match for our heavy artillery and automatic weapons. To arms! ”
Thursday Nov 20, 2014
Marking the 12th piece of additional free content released for Total War™: ROME II since launch, players will find their game updated via Steam today with the new, free playable faction of Massilia. A wealthy trading-state of Greek colonists situated on the north-western coast of the Mediterranean, Massilia has embraced Gallic culture and military techniques to form a unique and fascinating independent faction.
Also available for purchase today, the Black Sea Colonies Culture Pack brings three further hybrid factions to ROME II’s Grand Campaign, custom battles and multiplayer. Cimmeria, Colchis and Pergamom all claim Greek heritage but their settlement away from their homelands has wrought subtle changes to their culture. Each faction enjoys unique traits, strengths and hybrid unit rosters that reflect their culturally diverse civic and military aspects.
Additionally, the latest patch will drop at the same time, consisting of further balancing changes to unit strengths based on community feedback. You can find full details of Massilia and the Black Sea Colonies Culture Pack at http://wiki.totalwar.com/w/Total_War_Rome_II.
Thursday Oct 30, 2014
Live now, the latest free update for ROME II adds the festival of Lemuria to the game and a new seasonal challenge, Nightmare Mode!
Lemuria was an ancient feast during which restless spirits were exorcised from the home with the alternate offering of beans and then clashing of cooking pots. Perhaps an early Roman version of Trick or Treat?
Nightmare Mode can be toggled on from the game options menu, causing your troops to suffer horrifying visions in battle. Harpies descend from the skies as a terrifying atmosphere envelopes your forces. Assailed by such apparitions it is no surprise that your soldiers will find the enemy extremely frightening!
Any generals skilled enough to complete a Campaign battle in Nightmare Mode will earn a new Steam achievement and the adoration of their peers. May the gods help you if you try to complete a whole campaign…
More details on this update and exclusive new detail about the recently announced Total War: ATTILA can be found in this month’s Rally point:
Tuesday Sep 16, 2014
The Total War: ROME II – Emperor Edition is upon us. The definitive version of ROME II is now available for PC and Mac via SteamPlay at your trusted retailer. If you’re an existing owner of ROME II and have automatic updates enabled, Steam will update the game to the Emperor Edition for free.
Alongside all previously released updates and free content it comes with significant improvements to the politics system and civil war mechanic, an overhaul of the building chains, extensive rebalancing of the campaign as well as land and naval battles, an improved UI, tweaked and improved graphics and more. Full patch notes can be found on the Total War wiki.
Finally the Emperor Edition includes Armenia as a new playable faction in the Grand Campaign as well as in the Imperator August campaign, our largest campaign pack for ROME II to date, which throws you in the chaos of the Roman Civil War that saw the Roman Republic fall and the Roman Empire rise, with Augustus as its sole leader. Which side will you take?
Thursday Sep 04, 2014
Confirmed today, the definitive version of ROME II, the Emperor Edition, will be available from the 16th Sept on both PC and Mac.
Included in this edition will be the Imperator Augustus Campaign Pack DLC. Covering events of the 2nd Triumvirate War, which ultimately sounded the death-knell of The Republic and ushered in the age of The Roman Empire, players can get a taste of what’s to come from this cinematic trailer released today.
All current owners of Total War: ROME II will be upgraded for free on the 16th Sept to the Emperor Edition. Comprising numerous improvements to the base game including overhauled building chains, a redeveloped and more impactful politics system, improved campaign and battle lighting and, of course, all free content updates since ROME II’s launch in September 2013.
Thursday May 29, 2014
Plunder the ancient world with the latest Culture Pack for Total War: ROME II! Pirates & Raiders introduces the ancient-world Balkan culture, consisting of three new playable factions. Each is adept at raiding or piracy, and capable of amassing huge mercenary armies at lightning speed.
Players can now ransack the campaign map as the Ardiaei of Illyria, and the Thracian tribes of Tylis and the Odrysian Kingdom. With their own rosters of military and naval units, distinct traits, religion and play styles, the Balkan factions offer new and unique ways to experience the Grand Campaign in ROME II.
To complement the Pirates & Raiders Culture Pack, ROME II owners were updated with extra free content earlier this week. This latest free downloadable content comprised an extra playable faction from the Balkan culture – the fiercely independent Thracian tribe of The Getae – plus a new historical battle, The Battle of Pydna.
Pick up the Pirates and Raiders DLC on the Steam store here: http://store.steampowered.com/app/273381/
Thursday Mar 27, 2014
Thrusting Total War ROME II players into the swirling conflict of the Second Punic War, Hannibal at the Gates brings the Western Mediterranean into sharp relief as the Republic of Rome and the trading empire of Carthage fight for their very survival. Including new playable factions, this dramatic downloadable campaign pack is available for purchase now.
Alongside the pack, a new free Seasons & Wonders update has been rolled out to all ROME II users. This update includes a unit-roster expansion for Carthage, Twitch.TV streaming support, new great wonders for battlefields, touchscreen support, and introduces seasons into the ROME II Grand Campaign. The update also brings a host of new technical, AI and gameplay improvements in both battle and campaign. You can view some of the new Wonders and ROME II campaign map seasons in this video:
Thursday Mar 13, 2014
Total War: ROME II’s second major Campaign DLC is incoming on March 27th! Dropping players into the Western Mediterranean at the outbreak of the 2nd Punic War, Hannibal at the Gates features a new campaign map focused on the tinderbox geopolitical situation that brought two ancient world superpowers to all-out war; with sworn rivals Scipio and Hannibal at the very heart of the conflict.
Five playable factions will feature a wealth of new units. Main protagonists Rome and Carthage will benefit from a new civil tech tree based around diplomacy, while the challenge in the shadow of these mighty empires for newcomers Syacuse, the Arevaci and the Lusitani will be formidable.
“ROME II was hugely ambitious for our studio,” said Mike Simpson, Creative Director at CA, “We do regret that some reviewers and core fans didn’t get everything they wanted from it. We are committed to improving and adding to the game over the coming months; we very much want ROME II to be remembered as one of our best.”
Tuesday Feb 18, 2014
In a bitterly fought contest between two giants of the strategy game genre only one community would emerge victorious. The Total War community fought valiantly but ultimately swords and trebuchets proved no match for tanks and automatic weapons as Company of Heroes 2 emerged victorious in this unique Steam event.
To the victor goes the spoils and the valiant efforts of the Company of Heroes 2 community have earned all Company of Heroes 2 owners the opportunity to download two brand new commander packs on Steam, for free, until February 22, 2014, 10:00 AM PST.
Company of Heroes 2 Free DLC
Soviet Commander: Advanced Warfare Tactics. He will help you gain vital intelligence and exploit enemy movements with PPSH equipped conscripts and the most powerful incarnation of the vaunted T-34 tank armed with a hard hitting 85mm cannon.
German Commander: Close Air Support Doctrine will help you gain tactical air supremacy over your foes by providing close Air Support and cover for frontline engagements by utilizing the powerful weapons of the versatile JU-87 and its destructive power.
A full list of abilities for both commanders can be found on the Steam product page here: http://store.steampowered.com/sub/38625
Giving players another reason to celebrate today, Relic also released a brand new update for Company of Heroes 2, introducing several new features. The ‘Aftermath’ adds Battle Servers to the game, improving the multiplayer quality for matches involving slower internet connections. The update also streamlines the surrender process, adds a new map list and will see the first community created map get integrated into the game.
“Tally ho losers. We kicked your butts!” said Jeffery Simpson, Community Manager for Company of Heroes 2. “Massive congratulations to the awesome Company of Heroes 2 community. Go and download your reward now, you’ve earned it!”
Tuesday Dec 17, 2013
Caesar in Gaul, the first campaign expansion for Total War: ROME II, is available to download now. Bringing Caesar’s Gallic war to life in thrilling detail, Caesar in Gaul offers a tighter scope in terms of time and geography than ROME II’s original grand campaign.
Playing as Rome or one of the key barbarian tribes in this seven-year conflict, players will experience a campaign map that represents an expanded, more detailed vision of Gaul and the south coast of Britannia. With multiple turns per year, this expansion also brings seasonal changes, with new gameplay effects and stunning visual alterations.
Caesar in Gaul also offers players a new historical battle to challenge their generalship. The Battle of Alesia, the decisive engagement of Caesar’s war in Gaul, offers a unique tactical situation in which the Romans must survive a twin-pronged onslaught of the massed Gallic forces.
Concurrent with this launch, a new patch bringing important gameplay changes will download automatically via Steam for all ROME II owners. For full patch notes please visit the Total War Wiki.
Caesar in Gaul brings numerous other features, including new units, new mid-game challenge mechanics and a greater focus on historical characters. For more detailed information, head to the steam page, where the expansion is available to purchase for £9.99, $14.99, €14.99.
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