Total War: Rome 2's Rise of the Republic screenshot of a ballista in action

Rise of the Republic is Total War: Rome 2's upcoming campaign pack focused around the events surrounding Rome in the 4th century BC. You can expect to see a detailed new campaign map, a gigantic battle for the city of Rome, a variety of new technologies to unlock and decisions to make, and perhaps most importantly, nine playable and fairly unique factions.

If you're wondering what those factions might be, as well as what sets them apart from all of the rest, you'll find the answers you seek in the recently posted developer preview right below. Have a look, it's quite an interesting video:

Besides the Rise of the Republic campaign pack, August 9th will also bring with it a massive free update. You can find all of the details over at the official website, but long story short, the update will bring with it a variety of balance changes, visual improvements, greatly rebalanced agents, and so forth. The update is currently available for testing, so if you're interested make sure to download the beta client on Steam and give it a whirl.

Once more information becomes available I'll make sure to let you know, but until then you can learn more about the Rise of the Republic expansion by heading over here.