LONDON & SAN FRANCISCO - July 1st, 2005 â€“ SEGA Europe Ltd and SEGA of America, can today officially confirm that they will add the widely anticipated expansion to the million-selling hit, Rome: Total War to their portfolio. From the makers of the award winning Total War franchise and recently acquired studio, The Creative Assembly, Rome: Total War - Barbarian Invasion for PC-CDROM is set to commence battle on the charts in September 2005 throughout Europe and America.
â€œBarbarian Invasion will contain a multitude of new features comprising of enough content to fulfil a full PC title release,â€ said Tim Ansell, Managing Director, The Creative Assembly. â€œCA have always aspired to make games for the fans and we have addressed the feedback from consumers to create the ultimate Rome experience.â€
â€œWe are delighted to have this superb title on our release schedule,â€ added Matt Woodley, Creative Director at SEGA. â€œIt further demonstrates both CAâ€™s ability to deliver the best games in the genre, and SEGAâ€™s commitment to develop the Total War brand and maintain itâ€™s global status.â€
Rome: Total War - Barbarian Invasion commences just after the last Emperor of a unified Rome has died. His successors in Rome and Constantinople are now uneasy allies and rivals for power. The â€˜barbariansâ€™ are massing along the borders, and in some cases are living inside what used to be Roman territory.
Two hundred years have now passed since the main campaign in Rome: Total War. Players can now control vast armies and over 100 new units as they battle across an updated European map that now reflects the historical changes since Rome: Total War. Tear Rome apart by leading hordes of barbarians or stand and defend the Empire as a leader of one of the two former Romes, the Western and Eastern Empires.
â€¢ Newly designed campaign map; this reflects 200 years of change and turmoil to conquer new lands and new region boundaries.
â€¢ Updated gameplay featuring the Hordes, Character Loyalty, and Roman Civil wars. Barbarians can also relocate to a new land after losing their last settlement, otherwise known as the â€œBarbarian Migration.â€
â€¢ 10 new playable factions; expanded barbarian tech tree, 85 new units, 21 new buildings, ancillary characters, vices and virtues, military commands, holy relics and much more!
â€¢ Night battles â€“ Hugely atmospheric battles and combat effects with added tactical challenges.
â€¢ Improved battle AI and tactics - Individual faction fighting styles, swimming units across rivers and various new tactics.
Rome: Total War - Barbarian Invasion is set for release in September 2005 on PC-CDROM, for further information please go to www.sega-europe.com.
About SEGA Europe
SEGA Europe Ltd. is the European Publishing arm of Tokyo, Japan-based SEGA Corporation, a worldwide leader in interactive entertainment both inside and outside the home. The company develops, publishes and distributes interactive entertainment software products for a variety of hardware platforms including PC, wireless devices, and those manufactured by Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. SEGA Europeâ€™s web site is located at www.sega-europe.com.
About SEGA of America
SEGA of America, Inc. is the American arm of Tokyo, Japan-based SEGA Corporation, a worldwide leader in interactive entertainment both inside and outside the home. The company develops, publishes and distributes interactive entertainment software products for a variety of hardware platforms including PC, wireless devices, and those manufactured by Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. SEGA of Americaâ€™s Web site is located at www.SEGA.com.