Total War: Rome Remastered Announced

Sega has announced Total War: Rome Remastered, an updated version of the Creative Assembly-developed strategy classic from 2004. It will release on April 29.

The remaster has been developed in collaboration with Feral Interactive, and is described as a “comprehensive remaster” that adds a suite of visual and gameplay improvements.

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Total War: Rome Remastered will contain both the main game and its two expansions – Barbarian Invasion and Alexander – and this will all be presented with 4K visuals and native support for ultra-high-definition resolutions. Overhauled environment, battlefield, and character models will complete the refreshed look.

As for gameplay, 16 previously unplayable factions have been added, and the 22 original factions return for this release. Additionally, there are also new Merchant agents that can be sent on missions to establish trade networks.

Modern touches have been added to the campaign, including a tactical map for battles, and heat maps and icon overlays during campaign mode. The diplomacy system has been overhauled, the camera can now be rotated on the campaign map, and zoom levels on the camera are now wider. For those new to the game, an improved help system provides a redesigned tutorial, an in-game WIki, advice and tooltips, and improved support for colour-blind players.

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Multiplayer will be cross-platform across Windows, macOS, and Linux. The Remastered package will also provide access to the original Rome: Total War Collection, but this is only playable on Windows PCs.

Total War: Rome Remastered can be pre-ordered from today, and those who own the original version on Steam can get the remaster at a 50% discount until June 1.

This Rome remaster arrives just as Humankind has been delayed out of April, so there’s at least some strategy goodness available on PC in the coming weeks. And while 2004 may be many years in the past now, Total War: Rome was a titan among strategy games, gaining a glowing review from us.

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Matt Purslow is IGN’s UK News and Entertainment Writer.

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