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Total War series returns to Rome

Total War: Rome II has been announced, bringing the battles of the Roman Empire in to gloriously detailed 3D.

Hit strategy series Total War is returning to Rome for the its next title Total War: Rome II, set for release next year.

British developers The Creative Assembly are working on the game, which will function as a sequel to the 2004 title Rome: Total War, which is considered by many fans the best in the series.

The title will bring the exciting turn-based strategy and real-time battles that fans of the Total War games know and love, with tens of thousands of soldiers battling it out on the screen at any one time.

With the new title, The Creative Assembly hopes to add more of a human element to the game so that as well as having a wide-reaching sandbox campaign, the drama of each individual soldier on the battle field will play out in front of players, according to creative director Mike Simpson.

"We’re aiming for an unprecedented level of detail and scale," he said.

Rob Bartholomew, brand director, added: "In our 25th year of games development, it feels fitting to return to our most critically acclaimed era.

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

One battle in particular will see players take over the Roman siege of Carthage during the Third Punic War. The skirmish famously ended with the north African city being razed to the ground, and gamers can expect to see this in unbelievable detail.

Players will become embroiled in the exciting political machinations of Rome's senate, while simultaneously having to deal with family dilemmas and questioning the loyalty of their allies.

The original Rome: Total War was met with critical acclaim and still retains a huge fan base to this day. The West Sussex developer, however, chose to hone their skills among other empires, including feudal Japan, the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars and Medieval Europe in subsequent games, before returning to Rome with the latest release.ADNFCR-1220-ID-801404350-ADNFCR