This grand-scale Campaign Pack for Total War: ROME II plunges you into the crisis of the third century. Rome, riven by inner conflict, has split three ways. Eastern empires and barbarians gather at her borders, poised to exploit any weakness they find. Will you share in their plunder, or reunite an Empire Divided?
With ten different playable factions across five cultural groups, Empire Divided offers you many ways to experience this critical turning-point in history. New period-specific features, mechanics, dilemmas and missions bring the era to life, as the story of your chosen faction unfolds. You must contend with banditry, plagues and cults, and explore reconfigured tech-trees which reflect the edicts and policies of the era. And when battle commences, you’ll revel in epic, tactical recreations of the armies of the period.
The Empire Divided Campaign Pack also takes advantage of the new Power & Politics update for ROME II.
The year is 270 AD. The world is in turmoil. After a period of civil war that lasted more than twenty years, the Roman Empire is split apart. To the east, the forces of the Palmyrene queen Zenobia converge on Egypt, driven by her raw ambition to achieve imperial status for her and her son. To the west, the Gallic provinces have named themselves “Gallic Rome” and pursue independence, supported by the Roman governors in Hispania and Britannia. The city of Rome and the lands of Italia are in the hands of a usurper. In these days of strife, a single man can unify the broken empire: Aurelian – the soldier emperor. With but a few allies and facing a multitude of enemies, his task seems almost impossible.
The year is 270 AD. The world is in turmoil. After a period of civil war that lasted more than twenty years, the Roman Empire is split apart. To the east, the forces of the Palmyrene queen Zenobia converge on Egypt, driven by her raw ambition to achieve imperial status for her and her son. To the west, the Gallic provinces have named themselves 'Gallic Rome' and pursue independence, supported by the Roman governors in Hispania and Britannia. The city of Rome and the lands of Italia are in the hands of a usurper. In these days of strife, a single man can unify the broken empire: Aurelian – the soldier emperor. With but a few allies and facing a multitude of enemies, his task seems almost impossible.
Among the most fearsome of these enemies is Persia. The eastern empire is slowly gaining strength under the leadership of the recently established Sassanid dynasty. The Sassanids have overthrown the Parthian rulers and then taken advantage of the weakened Roman state, destabilizing it further via successful military campaigns. It is a matter of time before the mighty eastern armies invade Roman lands once more.
Finally, to the north and east, beyond the lands of civilized states, barbarian tribes muster their strength, eager to grab their share from the riches of the faltering empire. Every border is assaulted, from the Danube to the Rhine. The barbarian raids get bolder and bolder; each incursion reaches ever deeper into Roman territory leaving a trail of desolation in its wake.
The situation is hopeless. Rome is dying. Or so it seems.
Total War: ROME II – Rise of the Republic is a thrilling new campaign pack charting the events surrounding Rome in the 4th century BC. The campaign unfolds across a detailed map of Italy including Sicily, Sardinia, Corsica and Carthage, and depicts the tumultuous events which ultimately set the stage for the Second Founding of Rome.
The year is 399 BC, and Rome is poised for greatness. However, its very existence balances on a knife-edge.
The Gallic Senones tribe, led by chieftain Brennus, are newly settled in eastern Italy. Ambitious and fierce, they are but a javelin-throw from the nascent republic.
The tyrannical Dionysius rules Syracuse with an iron fist. He leads the war against Carthage, but his eyes range across the Mediterranean as he considers future conquests.
Under the guiding hand of the great philosopher-statesman Archytas, Taras in southern Italy is reaching the zenith of its glory and power. Rome’s meteoric rise is cause for concern, to be sure – perhaps an intervention is merited?
Meanwhile, Marcus Furius Camillus seeks the title and powers of Dictator. His vision for Rome is grand indeed, but can it survive the designs of the young republic’s neighbours?
A crossroads in history: a time of threat – and of opportunity.
A time for the republic to rise.
The Desert Kingdoms Culture Pack introduces four new playable factions to Total War: ROME II. The Kingdoms of Kush, Saba and Nabatea fall under the African/Arabian subculture, while the Masaesyli are of Numidian origin.
These factions are native to the deserts of Africa and Arabia. Surviving these harsh environmental conditions has forged them into hardy warriors who use the shifting desert sands to their advantage in battle.
While culturally similar, each faction boasts unique new unit rosters which offer different military strengths. Each faction also has new building chains and technology trees, playing to their strengths and further differentiating their playstyles.
Empire Divided is a Campaign Pack DLC for Total War: ROME II that plunges the player into the crisis of the third century. Play as one of ten playable factions across five culture groups.
The year is 270 AD. A string of inept emperors and usurpers vying for power has led the Roman Empire into near-total economic collapse. This is its gravest crisis yet.
Eager to capitalise on Rome’s instability, barbarian tribes gather like a storm on the borders, to plunder the riches of civilisation. To the east, the Sassanids set out on a grand conquest that culminates with an assault against Roman lands. They are held back only by a staunch defence led by Palmyra. Queen Zenobia holds fast – but for how long?
The once-glorious legions are forced to assume a defensive posture as their strength wanes; time is not on Rome’s side. However, there is yet hope. Aurelian stands ready to take the reins in Rome, though the task he faces seems insurmountable…
Will you unite an Empire Divided, and return Rome to its former glory? Or will you become the arbiter of its final downfall?
New free content released alongside Empire Divided is the new Power and Politics system, that completely overhauls the politics system and adds a variety of new political actions for your campaign to give a far greater meaning to how you deal with other politics parties and government types. Your party can gain influence and political support by completing missions and winning victories on the battle field. The re-worked political system will allow the player to exercise direct impact on the campaign gameplay through their political actions.