- Developer: Creative Assembly / Feral Interactive
- Publisher: SEGA
- Genre: Strategy
- Platform: PC
Today marks the launch of Total War: Rome Remastered, the refreshed version of the iconic 2004 strategy game from Creative Assembly. The game will be released exclusively on PC. The game will be unlocked on Steam around 8 AM PT. Owners of the digital version of the original Rome: Total War will be able to buy the remaster for half the price.
If you are considering the purchase of Total War: Rome Remastered, , it is worth getting familiar with the system requirements and viewing a visual comparison with the original from 2004.
Many reviews have already appeared online and they are mostly positive. The game has an average rating of 77% on Metacritic. They show that Total War: Rome Remastered is the best version of this classic and it is still an excellent strategy game, although there is no denying that the quality stands out from Creative Assembly's latest works.
Some concerns are raised by the fact that the original Rome: Total War was removed from distribution on Steam. People who bought the game earlier can still download it, but it can no longer be purchased on this service. This can create problems for mod enthusiasts. The game has a ton of excellent modifications, and the announced changes to the engine and file structure of the remaster suggest that most of them won't work in the refreshed version. Projects that are still active are likely to be reworked quickly, but some older ones may never get a port.
However, there are also reasons for optimism. Total War: Rome Remastered will lift the engine's limits on regions and factions, allowing modders more freedom. The game will also offer its own mod manager. Moreover, while it won't launch with a battle map editor, it will be able to load those created using the tools for the original.
To sum things up, the refreshed version may prove to be quite a popular platform for modifications. Currently Rome: Total War and Medieval II: Total War have more active modding communities than newer installments. This is due to the fact that the games offer more freedom to change most of their aspects, and the lower quality visuals are paradoxically a big advantage, as it makes it easier for amateur teams to create new elements.
- Total War - official website