The upcoming Emperor Edition for Total War: Rome II will be available, free-of-charge, to all existing owners of the original game.
Slated for release on September 16, the Rome 2: Emperor Edition will include a number of improvements, as well as additional downloadable content. Sega announced that all standard game edition owners will be able to upgrade their once September 16 rolls in, receiving all update-fixes and additional content included in the package.
The update part of the package consists of an overhauling of “building chains,” a “redeveloped and more impactful politics system,” and an “improved campaign and battle lighting.”
As for additional content, the Emperor Edition adds the Augusts Campaign DLC pack, covering the events of the 2nd Triumvirate War that eventually led to the fall of the Republic and the beginning of the Roman Empire. Overall, this could add several hundreds of hours, on a map where Lepidus, Octavian, and Marc Antony fought to become the first Emperor of Rome. The campaign can be played either from a Roman faction perspective, and even a non-Roman one as well.
Additionally, all free content updates released since the game’s original launch last year, will also be part of the pack, while paid DLC like Caesar in Gaul and Hannibal at the Gates still need to be purchased.
Total War: Rome II was developed by Creative Assembly and published by Sega on September 3 2013. The game suffered numerous technical issues and was considered one of the buggiest titles released last year. Still, it was considered one of Sega’s best-selling games last financial year, registering more than 1.130.000 units sold, ahead of the 790.000 copies registered by Football Manager 2014.