Total War: Rome 2 - Rise of the Republic screenshot of a ballista and an army charging a castle

Despite Creative Assembly currently working on three different major Total War projects, they are still somehow finding enough time and resources to also update and expand Total War: Rome 2. And mind you, I'm not talking about minor updates and bug fixes, but rather fully fledged expansions like the newly announced Rise of the Republic which is set to arrive this August 9th!

As you might expect from the name alone, Rise of the Republic will be a campaign pack focused around the events surrounding Rome in the 4th century BC. There will be nine playable factions to toy around with, an all-new campaign map with much more detailed landscapes, an "epic campaign battle for the city of Rome", a variety of new technologies and region-specific decisions to make, and the list goes on for a while.

There will also be a massive free update accompanying the Rise of the Republic DLC, meaning there will be a whole bunch of new systems and balance changes to tinker with. There is far too much stuff for me to cover in brief, however, so if you're looking for all of the details you should head on over to the official website. As for Rise of the Republic, you can learn a bit more about it by hopping over to Steam.

As a final note, I'll send you off with the recently posted trailer. It won't tell you much about the actual gameplay improvements, but it will at least give you a bit of historical context for the new campaign. Enjoy!