On the editor’s heels delay an expected strategy game in Humankind, Sega announced Total War: Rome Remastered, a modernized version of the classic 2004 strategy title. In addition to the enhanced visuals, original developer Creative Assembly and collaborator Feral Interactive are working to add several modern features and gameplay mechanics to create a version of the game that is supremely playable 17 years after the original launch.
As you would expect with the “Remastered” naming convention, Total War: Rome Remastered updates the visuals from original resolution to 4K with ultra-wide support and native UHD support. Buildings and items have been remodeled and players can expect better effects with Dust Clouds and Heat Haze. Even the campaign maps have been given a glossy coat of high-resolution paint, and all units have been re-textured.
However, the improvements don’t stop there, as Total War: Rome Remastered introduces new features, including a better in-game camera with map rotation and a wider zoom level in the campaign. New icon overlays give you additional tactical information, and a new tactical map, unit displays, and distance markers let you plot your next moves with more information. This version includes 38 playable factions and gives you the opportunity to experience cross-platform multiplayer on PC, Mac and Linux for the first time in the history of the Total War series.
A new type of agent, Merchants, has also joined the battle, allowing you to send them all over the world to build trade links and increase your faction’s economic prowess. This new version also adds various mechanics designed to help the player, including in-game wikis, tips, tooltips, a redesigned tutorial, and more. To add an arc to this package, Total War: Rome Remastered also includes the Barbarian Invasion and Alexander expansions, and Windows players have access to the original Rome: Total War collection.
“What better excuse than the 20th year of Total War to see a grandmaster again?” Creative Assembly chief product officer Rob Bartholomew said in a press release. “The original Rome release marks a special moment for us as the first major breakout title; it’s amazing to have the opportunity to remaster it with our friends at Feral.”
The best part about this announcement is that gamers don’t have to wait long to get started with this updated version of the game. Total War: Rome Remastered is coming to PC, Mac and Linux on April 29. In addition to this good news, if you own the original version of Rome: Total War, you can buy Total War: Rome Remastered at half price until May 31.