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Total War: Rome II Is Coming To SteamOS Linux

Posted by , 8 November 2013 at 9:44 am UTC / 14640 views
The developers at Valve have confirmed for everyone to see that Total War: Rome II is heading our way to SteamOS. 

It's interesting to see the Valve guys say SteamOS and the Creative Assembly team say SteamOS and then later say Linux in their post.
QuoteThose of us working on Steam hardware and SteamOS are pleased to announce another game coming soon to the platform. Here's the message straight from Rob Bartholomew at Creative Assembly: 

At Creative Assembly we want our customers to be able to play on as many platforms and in as many locations as possible, so today we are announcing future support for both SteamOS and the Steam Controller. 

We’ve always wanted the Total War franchise to be enjoyed by living room gamers, but the limitations of traditional hardware made our style of game play impossible. Last month, when Valve invited us to test out the new Steam Controller and unveiled their plans for SteamOS - we were impressed. We believe it will provide us with the control fidelity and platform we need to make a living room experience for Rome II that could be a more compelling experience than playing with keyboard and mouse. 

Rome II will be launching on Linux early next year, with full Steam Controller and Big Picture support to be added as soon as Valve gets us a controller dev kit. Pick up a copy of the game this weekend while it’s 25% off and you’ll be able to play the Linux version as soon as it launches!
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So it seems the screen-shot on the original announcements of SteamOS/Hardware was showing a native game after-all does this mean Civ V is heading our way too then as that was also in a shot? Who knows.

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The award-winning Total War series returns to Rome, setting a brand new quality benchmark for Strategy gaming. Become the world’s first superpower and command the Ancient world’s most incredible war machine. Dominate your enemies by military, economic and political means. Your ascension will bring both admiration and jealousy, even from your closest allies. 

  • Plan your conquest of the known world in a massive sandbox turn-based campaign mode (supporting additional 2-player cooperative & competitive modes). Conspiracies, politics, intrigue, revolts, loyalty, honour, ambition, betrayal. Your decisions will write your own story. 
  • Build vast armies and take to the battlefield in real-time combat mode. Put your tactical skills to the test as you directly control tens of thousands of men clashing in epic land and sea battles. 
  • Play for the glory of Rome as one of three families or take command of a huge variety of rival civilisations – each offers a notably different form of gameplay experience with hundreds of unique units from siege engines and heavy cavalry to steel-plated legionaries and barbarian berserkers. 
  • See exotic ancient cities and colossal armies rendered in incredible detail, as jaw-dropping battles unfold. Detailed camera perspectives allow you to see your men shout in victory or scream in pain on the frontline, while a new tactical cam allows a god’s eye view of the carnage to better inform your strategic decisions. 
  • Extremely scalable experience, with gameplay and graphics performance optimised to match low and high-end hardware alike.

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Looks like a good strategy game, will you be picking it up? These types of games are usually for too in-depth for me with a steep learning curve, I hope it's not too difficult to get into.
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Deformal 8 November 2013 at 9:56 am UTC
Cool news. The second title on Steam OS.
Also I want to see on linux (Steam OS too) Civilization 5 and Borderlands 2. Petition:
http://https://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/2k-games-firaxis-and-gearbox-please-port-civilization-5-and-borderlands-2-to-linux
Anonymous 8 November 2013 at 1:09 pm UTC
*pinches self* Oh good, it's not a dream
MaximB 8 November 2013 at 1:26 pm UTC
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Good news, but this game cost a fortune ($60), although now for a limited time you can get it for "only" $45).
Shame the AAA titles cost THAT much.
Lord Avallon 8 November 2013 at 3:06 pm UTC
Quote from MaximBGood news, but this game cost a fortune ($60), although now for a limited time you can get it for "only" $45).
Shame the AAA titles cost THAT much.
Hehehe, we can´t have the best of both worlds unfortunnately, we wanted so much the AAA titles to hit Linux, now that our dreams are becoming true we see these games cost a considerable amount of money, well, at least we have them now and I am very happy to spend money on these babies!
Joe 8 November 2013 at 3:53 pm UTC
$45 (or $60) is a drop in the bucket if you look at Battlefield 4. The "Premium Edition" there sets you back $110 at the moment! However, there obviously must be tons of people still buying at these prices, otherwise they wouldn't produce games for that price point.
Anonymous 8 November 2013 at 5:16 pm UTC
Quote from MaximBGood news, but this game cost a fortune ($60), although now for a limited time you can get it for "only" $45).
Shame the AAA titles cost THAT much.

Big name titles have always been around 50 bucks. Even back in the windows 98 days.
taintsauce 9 November 2013 at 6:39 am UTC
Quote from MaximBGood news, but this game cost a fortune ($60), although now for a limited time you can get it for "only" $45).
Shame the AAA titles cost THAT much.

This, like it or not, is the price-point for pretty much all AAA games these days. This is also a bit too rich for my blood, but we've still got post-release price drops and Steam sales to look forward to.

For one, I'm just glad we've got current release AAA games coming to Linux. Granted, we don't have Day 1 support from big-name publishers yet, but this is starting to be a growing trend.

Color me excited!
s_d 9 November 2013 at 6:40 am UTC
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Quote from MaximBGood news, but this game cost a fortune ($60), although now for a limited time you can get it for "only" $45).
Shame the AAA titles cost THAT much.

Yeah, we're definitely spoiled by the stream of cool $15 indie games we've enjoyed for a few years now
Gaetano 11 November 2013 at 1:41 pm UTC
Quote from DeformalCool news. The second title on Steam OS.
Also I want to see on linux (Steam OS too) Civilization 5 and Borderlands 2. Petition:
http://https://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/2k-games-firaxis-and-gearbox-please-port-civilization-5-and-borderlands-2-to-linux
Do you have a working game?
Angry Penguin 11 November 2013 at 2:59 pm UTC
To be honest. I don't care with all the bugs in the game.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_QK-lcW8a8
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