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Looks like Total War: Rome II might not be coming to Linux & SteamOS now

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Creative Assembly aren't the best at communication, and it seems the Total War: Rome II Linux & SteamOS port was silently dropped.

Originally the Total War: Rome II Steam page listed it was coming to SteamOS & Linux, but that was removed. It also also listed in the big announcement from Valve about games coming to SteamOS.

A user on twitter included us in a conversation with Creative Assembly's "Community Coordinator", and it didn't start off very well:



As expected, no reply after that was said, so the same user followed it up later:



They did at least port over Total War: ATTILA, so maybe they just decided to have that replace it. Who knows, I sure don't. It's a real shame too, as reports on ATTILA show pretty terrible performance.
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Arehandoro 6 January 2016 at 5:56 pm UTC
I don't think his answers mean "port being dropped" but I do believe the "Community Coordinator" doesn't know shit his job. How the hell can you reply to a user that you're off and you think the game was released already? Don't you follow a roadmap on your company? Other departments don't update you with the situation? What a lack of professionalism.
sonic 6 January 2016 at 5:56 pm UTC
I dont care about Attila, still waiting for Rome
FredO 6 January 2016 at 6:25 pm UTC
I would read "There's no updates" as meaning that he has no news on it. Anyway it would seem a strange move to release only Attila and not Rome2 as well.
sunbeam4 6 January 2016 at 6:40 pm UTC
is rome 2 worth the bother ?
mao_dze_dun 6 January 2016 at 6:43 pm UTC
With the terrible performance of Attila - is it even worth it?
KimmoKM 6 January 2016 at 7:11 pm UTC
FredOI would read "There's no updates" as meaning that he has no news on it. Anyway it would seem a strange move to release only Attila and not Rome2 as well.
Yeah, it does seem strange to abandon a game that has already been worked on and uses the same engine as a more recent game that WAS released. When thinking of the state of Linux gaming, it's not nice for developers to cancel almost finished games on a whim and not even have the decency of announcing that they were cancelled.

But thinking from my personal perspective, I'd argue that mechanically Rome 2 is pretty much a direct downgrade to Attila. I know some people like Divide et Imperata mod for Rome 2 (I personally don't) but then again, Attila is going to get Ancient Empires mod that will probably do largely the same thing with a superior starting point. Being one of the worst Total War games and having a game that does the same things as it does but simply better (even Empire has things going for it, like much wider scope than otherwise similar but more polished Napoleon), Rome 2 is the last on my list of Total War games I'd like to see natively on Linux. Shogun 2/Fall of the Samurai is the one I'd be most happy about.
fenevadkan 6 January 2016 at 7:18 pm UTC
That manager was surely thinking about Total War: Attila, which indeed has come out. AngryPenguin also mentioned this but no more repliles, probably lost in twitter messages? But indeed their empoyee should know more about what is happening in his company...
I hope it is not dropped since everyone saying Attila seems like just a Rome2 DLC, same engine etc.
So it should be hard to port to linux at all, just get the same engine from Attila.
liamdawe 6 January 2016 at 7:29 pm UTC
fenevadkanThat manager was surely thinking about Total War: Attila, which indeed has come out. AngryPenguin also mentioned this but no more repliles, probably lost in twitter messages? But indeed their empoyee should know more about what is happening in his company...
I hope it is not dropped since everyone saying Attila seems like just a Rome2 DLC, same engine etc.
So it should be hard to port to linux at all, just get the same engine from Attila.

Rome 2 and Atilla look/sound nothing alike in their names, I can't see how they would get confused.
Nyap 6 January 2016 at 7:40 pm UTC
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AsavarTzeth 6 January 2016 at 7:44 pm UTC
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Personally I find Attila to be quite fun and like many on the Steam Discussions I'd say it runs very smooth despite its low fps. I would even say that I don't notice the performance issues at all.

The one thing I miss is some of the finer navigational controls for units (The UI with arrows). Although I think some of that still exists as keyboard shortcuts.

As for Rome II, I obviously cannot say if it is worse. I do like the period better though. If nothing else, I want it because they promised it and I payed for it during their SteamOS pre-orders.
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