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Total War: ROME II Is Getting a Crusader Kings II Inspired Update

Total War: ROME II Is Getting a Crusader Kings II Inspired Update

Five years after release, Creative Assembly is still supporting Total War: ROME II with updates and DLCs. An upcoming updated they’ve named as Ancestral Update, takes it a bit closer to Crusader Kings II.

The Ancestral Update will introduce the family tree and an intrigue system. All the characters in your faction are visually represented in this family tree. When you interact with them, you generate intrigue which you can then use to perform certain actions.

The characters in your faction can forge strong bonds and alliances with other factions. Marriages can produce offspring, who grow and obtain duties of their own. Characters are born, live their lives, and eventually die throughout the course of a game.
— Creative Assembly

They went on to explain in the blog that the family tree screen also shows characters that are non-family member and characters from other parties that may turn hostile in the case there is a secession war.

The bit that makes it a lot more like Crusader Kings II is the intrigue system. This now allows players to charm, entice and even embezzle funds to name a few. 

This is interesting as this relationship between characters seem to be similar to what Creative Assembly was talking about in Total War: THREE KINGDOMS. Could this be a preview of what's to come and of Total War: THREE KINGDOMS?

That's not all too. There are graphical improvements with better water shader, reflections, MSAA and what not. Even the AI has got some tweaks to supposedly make it smarter and fix some issues.

The update is currently in beta and if you would like to install it, here are instructions to do so:

  1. Restart Steam
  2. Find Total War: ROME II – Emperor Edition in your Steam library
  3. Right click Total War: ROME II – Emperor Edition and go to Properties in the drop-down menu
  4. Go to the Betas tab
  5. In the drop-down menu under Select the beta you would like to opt into: select ancestral –

You can read the full list of changes on the Total War Blog. It's a massive list that makes improvements across the board. It makes me wonder though, Creative Assembly's commitment to support this game which is now 5 years old.

It sort of confirms to me that they plan to release new DLC or expansion content for this game. Perhaps it is their way of placating the fans that want Total War to be about historical time periods.

Creative Assembly knows they have many years to work on the Warhammer license with Total War: WARHAMMER confirmed to be a trilogy. To keep those Total War historical time periods fans happy, they'd released DLCs for their last non-fantasy game.

Total War: THREE KINGDOMS is the odd one out. It seems to me like an experiment. Creative Assembly testing the waters with a semi-historical fiction tale from the far east. Something tells me that won't be the revolutionary Total War game we've been hoping for, but just another iteration.

Another spin off the formula. Purely speculation though. But we shall see. Perhaps it's time for me to hop into ROME II. Have you been playing ROME II? Has it improved dramatically? Do you enjoy playing it and why?


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