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'Total War: Rome 2' announced by Sega, releasing in 2013 - pictures

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Total War: Rome 2 has been announced by Sega.

Developed by Creative Assembly, the PC strategy sequel is due to be released in the latter half of 2013.

'Total War: Rome II' screenshot

© SEGA



Featuring a new graphics engine, the game features an "epic" turn-based campaign and the biggest real-time battles in the series' history.

Total War: Rome 2 will enable players to forge empires, restore the Republic, or become a hated tyrant out for self gratification.

According to the developer, it will be a completely scalable experience, allowing users to play the game regardless of their specifications.

The game's director Mike Simpson said: "Our games have always encompassed a grand vision. But we're now pushing that vision at both ends of the spectrum.

"From the immense reach of the sandbox campaign right down to the human-level drama of a single warrior on the battlefield, we're aiming for an unprecedented level of detail and scale."

Brand director Rob Bartholomew, meanwhile, described the return to the Roman era as fitting for a team celebrating their 25-year anniversary.

"There's been a multi-generational leap in technology since the original game and we are ready to set another benchmark in gaming," he explained.

'Total War: Rome II' screenshot

© SEGA



The original Rome: Total War released for the PC in 2004.

The game was extremely well received by critics, winning numerous awards during its debut year.

Recent release Shogun 2: Fall of the Samurai topped the PC chart during its first week on sale in March.

Fellow Total War releases, such as Napoleon: Total War and Empire: Total War have also proved popular.

Watch a trailer for the original Rome: Total War below:


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