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Caesar in Gaul Expansion Campaign Pack for Total War: ROME II

CraigTWCraigTW Lead Community Manager, The Creative AssemblyPosts: 1,120Moderators, Administrators, CA Staff Mods, CA Staff, Tools Admin, Cakes!
edited November 2014 in Total War: ROME II
Hi guys,

We've announced a brand new expansion campaign pack for ROME II called Caesar and Gaul. Full details below.

Enjoy!

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Total War™ ROME II: Caesar in Gaul
Campaign Pack


Description:

Caesar in Gaul is a standalone campaign pack for Total War: ROME II covering Julius Caesar’s war of expansion against the Gaulish tribes. Players can choose from four playable factions in this conflict: the Gallic Arverni, the Germanic Suebi, the Belgic Nervii and Rome, in a campaign inspired by Caesar’s Commentarii de bello Gallico (Commentaries on the Gallic war).

Offering a tighter scope in terms of time and geography than Rome II (58-51BC), the Caesar in Gaul Campaign Map is an expanded, more detailed vision of Gaul and the south coast of Britannia.

Compared with ROME II’s map of Gaul, Caesar in Gaul contains more regions and provinces, more factions (both playable and non-playable), and a series of famous generals and statesmen from history which the player will employ or fight against depending on their chosen faction.

A war of great profit and glory for Caesar, this conflict made him extremely popular with the people of Rome… though less so with the senators, who saw him gathering power to himself in a series of events that ultimately lead to his ascension to Dictator.

Caesar in Gaul differs from the core ROME II experience in a number of important ways:

New Campaign Map:
The Caesar in Gaul campaign map is an enhanced, more detailed representation of Gaul, with players able to expand across 18 provinces dotted with resources, new settlements and new provincial capitals.

Greater focus on characters:
Many factions employ great generals and statesmen from history (for example, Rome fields Gaius Julius Caesar himself, Mark Anthony and others). Each of the four playable factions also has a faction leader who acts as the player’s avatar during the campaign.

24 turns per year:
As Caesar in Gaul deals with a considerably shorter time-span (58-51BC) than the grand sweep of the ROME II campaign, each turn represents two weeks rather than a year. This means seasons make a return. The gameplay effects of these aren’t always predictable however, and may vary from province to province. A late autumn may bring a good harvest for example, but a long, dry summer may damage your food production.

Compact, focussed multiplayer campaign:
For those generals looking for a more rapid MP campaign game, Caesar in Gaul presents a series of interesting options. Due to the geographic scope and the opposing 48 factions, co-op or competitive 2-player campaigns are tighter, more focussed, and less time-consuming than a full Campaign.

New mid-game challenge mechanics:
For those players making it through to the mid-game, there will be new challenges to face as a more suitable replacement for the Civil Wars of ROME II. As a Gallic tribe, you’ll feel the mailed fist of Rome respond with heavy intervention forces, and as Rome, you’ll see the Gallic tribes rebelling and forming alliances against you.

New historical battle:
Caesar in Gaul adds the Battle of Alesia as a playable historical battle. Alesia marked the turning point of Caesar’s Gallic War, and resulted in the capture of Vercingetorix, who was later taken to Rome and executed at Caesar’s Triumph.

Set from Caesar’s perspective, Alesia tasks the player with maintaining the siege of Vercingetorix's Gallic stronghold. The battle begins with the Roman forces deployed within their own investment fortifications outside the hill-fort. The player must guide the Romans as they weather attacks from both a huge relief army and within the fort itself.

New Total War: ROME II full campaign playable factions:

Alongside the factions playable within the new Campaign, Caesar in Gaul also adds three new playable factions to the main game; they are:

• Nervii (barbarian, Belgic)

The most fierce and powerful of the Belgic tribes, the Nervii are a melting pot of Celtic and Germanic heritage. Their unit roster reflects this mix of cultures, opening up the possibility of creating new, unique army compositions.

• Boii (barbarian, Gallic)

One of the largest of the Gallic tribes, the Boii occupied Cisalpine-Gaul, Pannonia, Bohemia and Transalpine Gaul. Their numbers make them a force to be reckoned with but they are somewhat disconnected from other the Gallic tribes geographically and are directly exposed to the ferocious Germanic clans and the Dacians.

• Galatians (barbarian, Anatolia)

The Gauls of the East, the Galatians migrated to Asia Minor following the Celtic invasion of the Balkans. They arrived through Thracia at around 270 BC, led by generals Lotarios & Leonnorios. As Celts deep within Hellenic territory and factions hostile towards them, the Galatians offer interesting and challenging new gameplay.

New units:


Alongside their usual unit rosters, the playable factions of Caesar in Gaul (and playable factions in the main ROME II campaign provided by Caesar in Gaul ownership) also gain the following new units:

Boii (ROME II)

• Sword Followers (sword infantry)
Where a lord commands, the sword is thrust.

• Veteran Spears (spear infantry)
Battle hardens the sinews and the heart, and deafens the ear to the cries of cowards.

Galatians (ROME II)

• Galatian Legionaries (sword infantry)
The Celts have taught the Romans more than they're prepared to admit, but this is a two-way street.

• Galatian Raiders (javelin and sword cavalry)
Broken enemies know it is better to flee than face riders who will not spare their lives.

Gallic tribes (ROME II and Caesar in Gaul)

• Chosen Swordsmen (sword infantry)
These men fight with proven bravery and well-honed skill-at-arms.

• Chosen Spearmen (spear infantry)
Chainmail does not chill a warrior's heart, or still his lust for battle.

• Gallic Hunters (stealth bow infantry)
The skills of the hunt, hiding and a sudden strike, are the skills of a warrior.

Nervii (ROME II and Caesar in Gaul)

• Fierce Swords (sword infantry)
Once he has earned it, a Celt will only be parted from his longsword by death itself.

• Guerilla Swordsmen (stealth sword infantry)
These swordsmen strike wherever and whenever their enemies least expect.

• Mighty Horse (spear cavalry)
A strong mount and a savage swing make these warriors a fearsome prospect.

• Naked Spears (spear infantry)
Who needs clothes when you have more than your share of courage?

• Gallic Hunters (stealth bow infantry)
The skills of the hunt, hiding and a sudden strike, are the skills of a warrior.

Auxiliaries

• Auxiliary Gallic Hunters (stealth bow infantry)
The skills of a hunter should be used in the service of Rome.

• Auxiliary Noble Horse(spear cavalry)
A mounted, armoured fist is always useful in a Roman army.

• Auxiliary Naked Swords (sword infantry)
The savage gods of war should be used to Rome's advantage.

• Auxiliary Short Swords (sword infantry)
Bravery in battle, rather than skill, sometimes gives worth to a man.

Mercenaries

• Mercenary Gallic Hunters (stealth bow infantry)
The hunting of other men often has the greatest of rewards.

• Mercenary Noble Horse (spear cavalry)
Even a nobleman has his price, and will fight for gold.

• Mercenary Naked Swords (sword infantry)
The gods of war will bless mercenaries as long as they fight bravely.

• Mercenary Short Swords (sword infantry)
It is often enough to sell bravery and a taste for glory.


Edited to add: Total War: Rome 2: Caesar in Gaul is out December 12th 2013 for $14.99/£9.99/€14.99.
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Comments

  • SmiboySmiboy Senior Member Posts: 124Registered Users
    edited December 2013
    CA, y u do dis? seriously though, any news on patches on the main game? that would be great :)
    "The hair was just too majestic to get rid of." - Will CA
  • MonkeeyozMonkeeyoz Senior Member Posts: 779Registered Users
    edited December 2013
    Sweet, pretty excited for this:)
    Over the Alps perhaps!
    Team Athens
  • IzzyStradlinIzzyStradlin Senior Member Cair Andros GarrisonPosts: 7,776Registered Users
    edited December 2013
    New factions! New Units! No interruption to patching efforts! Wahey!
    "Raise them, Necromancer. Set brother against brother. Let's give our hosts something worthy of recording in their pathetic book of complaints, shall we?"
    The Queen of Mysteries, on the Book of Grudges.

    Her voice was as rustling silk. "In the darkness I dreamt of you, cousin."
    "Hawk no longer. My wings are dust and bone. I crawl through time now, like an asp."
    "You took my wings, Neferata. You made me crawl. Now I return the favour. Crawl, cousin. Crawl."

    Team Elize von Carstein
    In Nico We Trust

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    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCH4nPsl2ctS365aEfFBwxbg
  • MonkeeyozMonkeeyoz Senior Member Posts: 779Registered Users
    edited December 2013
    Im sure they'll release a patch or 2 before this expansion.
    Over the Alps perhaps!
    Team Athens
  • SurrealBeliefsSurrealBeliefs Junior Member Posts: 5Registered Users
    edited December 2013
    This is exciting news, thank you!
  • hafid_lhohafid_lho Junior Member Posts: 1Registered Users
    edited December 2013
    Exciting news indeed
  • fille959fille959 Member Posts: 66Registered Users
    edited December 2013
    Awesome, hope a patch will come with it and then it will be amazing :D
  • GenghisonGenghison Member Posts: 32Registered Users
    edited December 2013
    Not expecting people to pay for this are you??? Main game isn't fixed yet!!!!!!
  • Nitrium2kNitrium2k Senior Member Posts: 318Registered Users
    edited December 2013
    A pricepoint would be good. If this comes anywhere near over 15 quid you are in for a storm of hatred. Releasing big DLC when the main game is still RIDDLED with bugs and flaws is a biiiiiig no-no.
    "We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender." - Winston Churchill
  • olindkvist86olindkvist86 Junior Member Posts: 7Registered Users
    edited December 2013
    Will this content by free or shall be required to purchase it?
  • KuruntaKurunta Junior Member Posts: 7Registered Users
    edited December 2013
    Wahoo that sounds really nice. Try not to oversell it though please, so we can still be surprised!
  • AlexanderOfMacedonAlexanderOfMacedon Senior Member Posts: 246Registered Users
    edited December 2013
  • spartanlemurspartanlemur Senior Member Posts: 527Registered Users
    edited December 2013
    Seriously?

    So rather than selling a family tree (or at least Shogun 2 style system) DLC for the main game which would rake in $$$$$$$

    There's going to be an add-on campaign to a game which is still not very fun for quite a few of us?

    Don't get me wrong, this sounds awesome, but I'm afraid I won't be buying it until the main game is first enjoyable, by way of implementing a family tree (or similar system). I've uninstalled for now, but will be reinstalling and buying other DLC if this eventually gets done.
  • IzzyStradlinIzzyStradlin Senior Member Cair Andros GarrisonPosts: 7,776Registered Users
    edited December 2013
    Genghison wrote: »
    Not expecting people to pay for this are you??? Main game isn't fixed yet!!!!!!

    Of course they're expecting people to pay for it. It's an expansion! And if you don't want it, don't buy it.
    "Raise them, Necromancer. Set brother against brother. Let's give our hosts something worthy of recording in their pathetic book of complaints, shall we?"
    The Queen of Mysteries, on the Book of Grudges.

    Her voice was as rustling silk. "In the darkness I dreamt of you, cousin."
    "Hawk no longer. My wings are dust and bone. I crawl through time now, like an asp."
    "You took my wings, Neferata. You made me crawl. Now I return the favour. Crawl, cousin. Crawl."

    Team Elize von Carstein
    In Nico We Trust

    Warhammer Lore, by Sotek!

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCH4nPsl2ctS365aEfFBwxbg
  • Igor55Igor55 Senior Member Posts: 881Registered Users
    edited December 2013
    It's great that the new factions and units will be also available in main campaign.

    And because I'm only interested in main campaign:

    - Is there further content added also to the main campaign like mid-game challenge and characters? Or just units and factions?

    - Also... when will it be released? Costa quanta (price)?


    Nothing gainst this DLC, but you actually had time to make a standalone campaign instead of fixing the main campaign?? Or already given up?
    My Top wishes for Rome 2:
    - Unit DLC: Pontus (needs Galatians) / Steppe tribes / Baktria (needs Indians) / Odrysian Kingdom / Armenia
    - Faction DLC: Cherusci, Helvetii,
    - Diplomacy/Clients: "annexing"-, "bribing-", "making peace with"- and "exchanging regions"-option
    - Depth/Features: family tree, deeper internal politics, ingame videos, historical events, late-game-tasks
    - UI: Bad! Fix skill and tech trees and make more atmosphere!
    - Fix sieges & blobbing and nerf agents!
  • Alexandre_007Alexandre_007 Member Posts: 130Registered Users
    edited December 2013
    don't screw it up this time.
    Alexandre: it's funny how every total war game has it's own "realm divide"
    Alexandre: half of the world hates me by now
    BFI ' Lorenzohh: just the game's way of saying: you've played enough, **** you.
  • jamreal18jamreal18 Senior Member Posts: 3,848Registered Users
    edited December 2013
    CA, why?
    CA, plz dont forget to improve UNIT VARIETY & DIVERSITY!

    PONTUS Additional PONTIC LEGIONARY.
    ARMENIA *Additional unique and native melee infantry.
    *Diversity of ELITE CATAPHRACT.
    http://peopleofar.files.wordpress.com/2013/02/armenian-and-parthian-cataphracts.jpg
    ARDIAEI Additional ELITE SICA unit.
    NAVAL BATTLE SHIPS Improve diversity to ships.
  • MephMeph Member Posts: 89Registered Users
    edited December 2013
    I uninstalled my rome 2 **** game last week. This news isn't enough to reinstall. The game itself sucks big time we need patches not paid dlc.
    Rome 2...
    Oh what you could have been...
    How did you end up this way?
  • ArtiArti Member Posts: 37Registered Users
    edited December 2013
    This game is completely broken still, lots of people have posted long lists of bugs (that I agree with) that make it unplayable. AT LEAST fix the battle AI mechanics and make sense of the "politics" system that makes no sense with exchangeable generals that die every other year so you don't care about any.

    If you can introduce seasons in this expansion, why not get it back into the main game? How can you take such a step back from the great Shogun II.

    Until the game is fixed, I see NO REASON to order the expansion, it is just as broken and a beta. I was a fool for pre-ordering Rome II, but fool me twice it's shame on me.

    No more money to CA until the game is fixed, missing features added back.
  • jaunetajabejaunetajabe Senior Member Posts: 357Registered Users
    edited December 2013
    They gave up with the core game and are now selling small campaigns like there were in napoleon (Nortj italy egypt), but this should be added to the game since the release!!

    I can guess buying rome 3 in 35 chapters, each chapter 4,99 €
    I love this forum
  • BanditoBandito Junior Member Posts: 23Registered Users
    edited December 2013
    Enjoy? I can't enjoy when I launch the game but it's stuck in Rome II logo, and unfortunately it take still nine weeks for support to fix it, or maybe they will never fix it.
  • rickatherosrickatheros Junior Member Posts: 13Registered Users
    edited December 2013
    When will I be able to play the game you had advertised? I am still waiting. I will not buy anything, until you deliver me the game you had promised!!!
    Seriously, F-yourself CA.
  • KibatoKibato Senior Member Posts: 266Registered Users
    edited December 2013
    A war of great profit and glory for SEGA

    *fixed it
    69,01123581321%
  • RonzterRonzter Junior Member Posts: 2Registered Users
    edited December 2013
    wth CA.. cmon can you atleast fix the main game? even with the patches I can't seem to enjoy it like I used to enjoy Shogun 2
  • OlekOlek Senior Member Posts: 1,679Registered Users
    edited December 2013
    Not interested, more of the same ****.
    Darius rage quit at the battle of Gaugamela because Alexanders Phalanx were OP.
  • NoifNoif Senior Member Posts: 583Registered Users, Cakes!
    edited December 2013
    Far away from exciting. I will not buy it until this "beta" game is fixed.

    GUYS! THIS IS A TRAP!
  • VastatorVastator Senior Member Posts: 1,282Registered Users
    edited December 2013
    You released an half finished game and, instead of PROPER patching the core game you dare to release other and other pay content?:mad:
    Disclaimer: any views or opinions expressed here are those of the poster and do not necessarily represent the views or opinions of The Creative Assembly or SEGA.
    Also because i don't work for The Creative Assembly or SEGA.


    Creator of "Vastator Unit Style" for Shogun 2: Here or here
  • TheCrazyHeadGamerTheCrazyHeadGamer Senior Member Posts: 1,036Registered Users
    edited December 2013
    good news indeed...but kinda feels like a slap in the face right now...

    In its current state, the game can't accept this kind of expansion. People will feel even more robbed !
    TheCrazyHeadGamer have spoken !

    My Youtube Channel
  • BleuitupBleuitup Senior Member ArgentinaPosts: 503Registered Users
    edited December 2013
    Hypothesis: mid game will focus a realm divide-ish event where, as Rome, all the barbarians hate you; and, as the gauls, Rome comes with a billon stacks.

    *fingers crossed*
    Pls.
  • Helghast088Helghast088 Junior Member Posts: 19Registered Users
    edited December 2013
    CA, Be assured that your actions have made this the last game that I'd ever purchase from you, you're selling out, the game has lost it's strategical perspective in favour of a teenager's one, the game is in a horrible condition still and we are hit yet again by another paid for ******** of yours for this pathetic excuse of a strategy game that has lost all the real time strategic immersion it once had, I have to pay you now for historical figures, seasons, and God knows what in the future!! things that we had for granted in previous games,,,,,,,, what the utter ********!!
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