Total War: ROME gets even Total-er with a remaster coming

Lend me thy ears and eyes, if thou haveth the time. Total War: ROME – one of the most renowned strategy games to date – is getting an overhaul. Simply carrying the name Total War: ROME REMASTERED, it almost seems like barely anything has changed. But thou wouldest be erroneous, feeble one. Veni, Vidi, Visual splendor is nigh.

But it ain’t just visuals that make a remaster a successful overhaul. Everyone knows that. Except for EA, I guess. In this case, some extra tweaks were made to the beloved game. Creative Assembly and Feral Interactive even added some new gameplay content to the “divide and conquer” battle sim. Just to spruce it up a bit. How very thoughtful, thank you very much. To give you a better insight into all improvements made, let me demonstrate through a summary.

Total War: ROME REMASTERED Features:

  • Improved VisualsTotal War: ROME REMASTERED takes the title into the modern gaming era with full 4K visuals, native support for UHD resolution and overhauled environment, battlefield, and character models.
  • New Gameplay Content: Wage war across new fronts with 16 previously unplayable factions to play on top of the original 22. Send the new Merchant agents on missions to establish lucrative trade networks across the map, buy out rival Merchants, and assert your empire’s economic power. 
  • Modernized Features: Players can exercise more control than ever with new features. A tactical map during battles, plus heat maps and icon overlays in campaign mode are added. Existing mechanics have been improved. This includes an overhauled diplomacy system, wider camera zoom levels throughout the game, and camera rotation on the campaign map.
  • Improved Help Systems: A swathe of improved support has been added. Think of a redesigned tutorial, a new in-game Wiki, expansive advice and tooltips, and improved accessibility for color-blind players. 
  • Cross-platform Multiplayer: Players can enjoy cross-platform PVP multiplayer between Windows, macOS, and Linux, a first for the Total War franchise.
  • Complete Original ContentTotal War: ROME REMASTERED includes the Barbarian Invasion and Alexander expansions in glorious new detail. The players will also gain access to the original ROME: Total War Collection (only playable on Windows).

Quite the list, huh? I know, it takes some time to take it all in. Rome wasn’t built in one day, remember? If you’re more of a visually set person, here’s a nice announcement trailer to go with it. It shows you no gameplay at all, but it does show you real people in cool Roman apparel.

But… why? Why this remaster? If this question comes to mind, Creative Assembly’s Chief Product Officer Rob Bartholomew tries to clear that up for you. Additionally, the Managing Director of Feral Interactive also has his penny’s worth in the matter. Take it away, Rob!

“What better excuse than the 20th year of Total War to revisit a grandmaster? The original release of Rome marks a special time for us as our first major break-out title. It’s amazing to get the opportunity to Remaster it with our friends at Feral”.

“Working to remaster a classic such as Rome, has been an exhilarating challenge. It’s a bit like recutting the crown jewels” says David Stephen, Managing Director of Feral Interactive. “We are delighted with the result and hope that fans of this fantastic franchise will be too”.

Total War: ROME REMASTERED is available for pre-order, starting today. You can get it through Steam, Creative Assembly’s Rome Remastered Store, or Feral’s store. If you already own the original on Steam, you’re even getting a 50% discount if you’re quick about it. You have until June 1st to claim that advantage, soldier. After that, it’s going to be 30 silverlings for all.

Total War: ROME REMASTERED is ready to siege your PC on 29 April.