Back in 2004, Creative Assembly released what would go on to be hailed as one of the greatest games of all time, Rome: Total War.
Building on the brilliance of Shogun: Total War and Medieval: Total War, Rome put the Julii, Scipii, and Brutii families in your hands. Tasked with completing missions for the Republic before ultimately becoming so powerful that you could take the senate and Rome for yourself, the game then went beyond Rome, with you being able to take control of any enemy faction that you’d conquered.
Now, the Total War team is bringing back this classic in the form of Total War: Rome Remastered, which is not only due for release soon, but also offers perks to owners of the original.
Total War: Rome Remastered arrives next month
As shown above, the remaster release announcement has been marked with a cinematic trailer, which concludes with the confirmation of a 29 April 2021 release date for Rome Remastered.
Just over one month away from release, you can pre-order Total War: Rome Remastered now from Steam. It’ll cost £24.99 (€29.99/$29.99). However, if you have a copy of Rome: Total War in your Steam Library, you can get the new version at half-price until 31 May 2021.
You’ll need to have a digital copy of Rome to get the 50 per cent off. If you still have a computer that can still read the original disc, unfortunately, it won’t be enough to get the discount as it can’t be tracked by the sellers.
Rome Remastered isn’t just a renovation of the classic base game, either, with the two glorious DLCs – Barbarian Invasion and Alexander – being included in Total War: Rome Remastered.
Helped by the development and port specialists Feral Interactive for the revamp, Rome Remastered comes in with 4K optimisation, re-modeled environments and scenery, an enhanced campaign mode camera, a new tactical map, 16 additional previously-locked factions (38 in total), new Merchant agents, and a cross-platform multiplayer mode.
While returning players can expect the classic game of Rome: Total War to be there, newcomers will find comfort in the enhanced, modern features of Total War: Rome Remastered.
A first, and hopefully not the last, for the Total War franchise
The gameplay of Rome: Total War still holds up to this day. Anyone can pick-up and play the classic with ease, but there are aspects that Creative Assembly have built-on and enhanced in the 17 years since its release.
Elements like the camera, key binds, and, of course, the graphics (as seen above) may deter some modern players, and yet, it’s still an incredible real-time strategy experience with hundreds of hours of varied gameplay to be enjoyed.
In the grand scheme of things, what’s most exciting about Total War: Rome Remastered is that it’s the franchise’s first remaster. While it may be a one-off to celebrate the 20 years of Total War, if it proves successful, it seems inevitable that some other all-time greats will get the modernisation treatment.
Although Rome: Total War is the big one, other early historical titles are undoubtedly deserving of a look from Feral Interactive. Total War: Shogun 2 from 2011, 2009’s Empire: Total War, Napoleon: Total War from 2010, and Medieval: Total War of 2002 would sit near the top of the list for many long-time fans of the franchise.
Some will say that their copy of the original Rome: Total War still plays fine, and those fans will benefit from 50 per cent off if they choose to grab this standalone, upgraded version. Hopefully, Total War: Rome Remastered isn’t the last of its kind from Creative Assembly.
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