We've been gawking at The Creative Assembly's upcoming RTS for months, but now Total War: Rome II finally has a release date. It'll be available on September 3rd in all regions, with an extra faction available as free launch DLC.
SEGA has also revealed pre-order bonuses (three more factions) and a swagtastic collector's edition. More details after the break, or check out the latest developer walkthrough here.
Pre-order customers will receive ROME II's first DLC offering, the Greek States Culture Pack, on launch day. It contains the Epirus, Athens and Sparta factions (I wonder which will be the most popular...).
A GAME-exclusive collector's edition has also been announced in a limited production run of 22,000 worldwide . Expect physical swag aplenty including a build-your-own orager catapult.
- Numbered copy of Total War™: ROME II
- The most ambitious and expansive game in the Total War™ series to date, ROME II brings the statecraft, politics, intrigue, diplomacy and epic battles of the ancient world to life in thrilling detail. This version comes in a debossed Steelbook™ case, laser-etched with your unique collector’s number in Roman numerals.
- Tabula set
- The Roman forerunner to Backgammon, this Tabula set comprises 30 bone-effect game-pieces supplied in their own burlap drawstring bag, while the board is built into the base of the Collector’s Edition box.
- Tesserae Dice
- Three replica bone-effect dice for use in a variety of games. The design is based on original Roman Tesserae, found at the archaeological site of Herculaneum.
- Total War Cards™: PUNIC WARS
- Designed from the ground up to echo elements from ROME II, Total War Cards is a game of skill and luck for two players. Involving combat, territorial control, resource management and technological development, PUNIC WARS consists of 58 high-quality playing cards and a game-board printed with the PUNIC WARS tech-tree.
- Canvas Campaign Map
- A reminder of the worlds you must conquer, this ribbon-tied canvas map depicts each of the 57 provinces of the ROME II campaign.
- Roman Onager
- A complete, fully-functional Onager, or Roman siege catapult. This easy-to-assemble kit is constructed from weathered wood and steel, measures 26cm x 12cm x 12cm, and is capable of unleashing mall projectiles at a variety of inanimate objects which may have affronted the glory of your empire.