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Topic Subject:Total War: Rome II - Seleucid Faction
DominicusUltimus
Legate
posted 23 August 2013 08:04 EDT (US)         
I do believe I need a change of underpants. The Seleucid Empire will be made a playable faction a free Rome II content update in the near-future
“Tolerance, diversity, strength”

Although eventually embracing many eastern customs, the Seleucids are renowned for their city building and civil engineering, driving Greek colonisation and Hellenization. Furnished with expert cavalry, including cataphracts, horse skirmishers and war elephants, Seleucid armies also sport a solid core of excellent spear and pike infantry provided by a growing number of Greek-speaking colonists.

As the campaign begins, such measures are a necessity when faced with the continuing threat from their Ptolemaic Egyptian neighbours and upheaval among the Seleucid's satrapies. Ever the opportunists however, the Seleucid kings may yet turn the tables, bringing much of Alexander’s former western empire under their sway.

Founded by Seleucus Nicator, or Seleucus the Victor, at its height the vast Seleucid Empire stretched from western Anatolia as far east as the Indus River. During the turmoil of the Wars of the Successors, the Seleucids were able to claim and expand Alexander the Great’s eastern empire, as well as parts of Asia Minor.

Seleucus sealed his overall victory at the Battle of Ipsus in 301 BC. Fielding 500 war elephants, gained through negotiating peace on his eastern border with the Emperor Chandragupta Maurya, his forces proved decisive. The territory under his control contained a diverse range of eastern subcultures, which rapidly became Hellenized by the ruling Macedonian elite and a flood of Greek settlers.

Despite a sometimes precarious position at home, the Seleucids now plan to expand. But where? Into Ptolemaic Egypt? Or beyond, to Alexander’s former western empire in Greece and Macedon? Influenced by their cultural assimilation of eastern culture, The Seleucids have little tolerance for the concept and practice of slavery. As a heavily multicultural society, they also suffer less from public order issues arising from foreign cultures entering their territories. In battle, the Seleucids have access to a wide-ranging roster; as such, they can field capable, balanced and incredibly diverse armies and navies.

Free-LC

The Seleucids will be available free in content update coming soon.

In honor of this event, I will be getting very inebriated tonight and will most likely begin ranting about why the Seleucids were the greatest of the Successor Kingdoms before passing out on someone's floor

Edit- The official announcement by CA.
Hi guys,

Today we’re announcing our post-launch support plans for Total War: ROME II, and the good news for you is that it involves free stuff, as well as a wide array of high-quality paid-for DLC content with additional bonus features.

Alongside paid-for DLC, we’re planning to support players with regular free content and feature updates.

James Russell, Lead Designer on Total War: ROME II, said, “As with SHOGUN 2, we will continually improve the game’s compatibility, optimisation and integral features such as AI and gameplay balancing post-release, and plan to add to that with new control schemes and additional free formats on other operating systems,”

“We are also very proud of how SHOGUN 2 is our most moddable Total War to date with over 500 user-made mods on Steam Workshop alone. We hope to support ROME II in a similar fashion.”

While the Greek States Culture Pack DLC and free Pontus playable faction update will arrive day one; by October, you’ll also be able to add the Seleucid Empire http://wiki.totalwar.com/w/Factions to your playable faction roster for free and the Nomadic Tribes Culture Pack featuring the Royal Scythians, Roxolani and Massagetae as paid-DLC.

That’s a whole faction! For free! On top of Pontus!

Have a great weekend,

Craig.

"Life is more fun when you are insane. Just let go occasionally".- yakcamkir 12:14
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[This message has been edited by DominicusUltimus (edited 08-23-2013 @ 08:15 AM).]

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Andalus
Legionary
posted 23 August 2013 08:19 EDT (US)     1 / 20       
About damn time!
EnemyofJupitor
HG Alumnus Superbus
posted 23 August 2013 08:57 EDT (US)     2 / 20       
Royal Scythians and other Nomadic Tribes as a paid for DLC, too.

I hope that I can run the damned thing...

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HG Alumnus
posted 23 August 2013 08:58 EDT (US)     3 / 20       

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WarheroAgiados
Legionary
posted 23 August 2013 09:55 EDT (US)     4 / 20       
I really like the way Seleucids are assembled in RTW 2. Instead of one, massive empire you have tons of trouble managing, it's composed of client states
Scipii
TWH Seraph
posted 23 August 2013 10:41 EDT (US)     5 / 20       
I thought we had a rule against pornographic material . I am sure all the Seleucid fans will be in a realm of pleasure fed upon by the Chaos God Slannesh at the moment over this delightful news. Especially since it will be a free add-on to the base game, and not paid DLC as some had feared.
Cheesewiz
HG Alumnus
posted 23 August 2013 11:18 EDT (US)     6 / 20       


Definitely good news. The Seleucids are so well constructed in this game that it would be a shame not to play as them at least once. Managing a network of client states from the start is completely new to Total War.

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SwampRat
M2TW Ladder Leader
posted 23 August 2013 11:31 EDT (US)     7 / 20       
Excellent news

Does anyone else feel slightly agreeved every time they say "We are also very proud of how SHOGUN 2 is our most moddable Total War"? without the add-on of "since M2TW"

but yay for free DLC and the Seleucids
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HG Alumnus
posted 23 August 2013 11:50 EDT (US)     8 / 20       
As for the Nomads:



Red Circle = Roxolani
Green Circle = Scythians
Blue Circle = Masagetae

Nice starting positions, plenty of options as where to expand, with your borders relatively secure. I wonder if the Nomad culture will work the same way as the Hordes did in Barbarian Invasion?

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DominicusUltimus
Legate
posted 23 August 2013 12:22 EDT (US)     9 / 20       
Someone posted it this on the official Total War FB a few hours ago

I am sure all the Seleucid fans will be in a realm of pleasure fed upon by the Chaos God Slannesh at the moment over this delightful news.
I'm more of a worshipper of Khorne, but in this case I'll pay homage to the Prince of Pleasure and have pleasure for pleasure's sake

I was surprised by the announcement of the Nmoadic Tribes Culture Pack almost as much as I was by the Seleucids. Out of the three factions included in it, I'll probably have a campaign with the Royal Scythians first. There's a good chance I'm gonna roleplay my faction leader as a Hellenistic Era Attila the Hun and scour everything in my way until my hordes reach the shores of the Atlantic

"Life is more fun when you are insane. Just let go occasionally".- yakcamkir 12:14
"It is not numbers, but vision that wins wars." - Antiochus VII Sidetes
"My magic screen is constantly bombarded with nubile young things eager to please these old eyes. This truly is a wonderful period in which to exist! - Terikel Grayhair
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Legion Of Hell
Centurion
posted 23 August 2013 14:48 EDT (US)     10 / 20       
DU, I laughed quite hard at that picture you posted. Brilliant.

And I do believe SEGA are wringing their hands in delight at the cash cow Total War: Rome II will be.

General Rawlinson- This is most unsatisfactory. Where are the Sherwood Foresters? Where are the East Lancashires on the right?

Brigadier-General Oxley- They are lying out in No Man's Land, sir. And most of them will never stand again.

Two high ranking British generals discussing the fortunes of two regiments after the disastrous attack at Aubers Ridge on the 9th May 1915.
DominicusUltimus
Legate
posted 24 August 2013 02:29 EDT (US)     11 / 20       
DU, I laughed quite hard at that picture you posted. Brilliant.
I got quite a laugh out of it when I first saw it

Since this is the latest news thread, I thought it would be appropriate to link two new gameplay videos here. The videos are from Gamestar are believe, which means the commentary is German so most of us are out of luck when it comes to understanding what's being said but we can still appreciate the beautiful field battles and siege battle

Siege Battle



Field, Ambush and Fort Battles

"Life is more fun when you are insane. Just let go occasionally".- yakcamkir 12:14
"It is not numbers, but vision that wins wars." - Antiochus VII Sidetes
"My magic screen is constantly bombarded with nubile young things eager to please these old eyes. This truly is a wonderful period in which to exist! - Terikel Grayhair
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WarheroAgiados
Legionary
posted 24 August 2013 09:52 EDT (US)     12 / 20       
Wait wait wait, we can control siege weapons now? F*CK YES FINALLY
Scipii
TWH Seraph
posted 24 August 2013 10:12 EDT (US)     13 / 20       
On the one hand I am grateful for all the new material coming out showcasing the game. On the other hand, I am trying to write content for Rome 2 Heaven and could do without the distractions . So close and yet so far from release date, by Jupiter I do not know much longer I can be patience and wait.
DominicusUltimus
Legate
posted 24 August 2013 11:50 EDT (US)     14 / 20       
On the one hand I am grateful for all the new material coming out showcasing the game. On the other hand, I am trying to write content for Rome 2 Heaven and could do without the distractions . So close and yet so far from release date, by Jupiter I do not know much longer I can be patience and wait.
I'm also trying to finish some projects of my own so I can definitely sympathize with you here. That being said, I must be a bit of a masochist because I love seeing any new videos or screenshots I can lay my eyes on even though I know I'll only want more afterwards

Here's a video from HeirofCarthage who visited CA studios and played through the prologue campaign of Rome II. Will of Rally Point fame is also present during the whole video and adds some entertaining commentary on Heir's strategy and tactics in the upcoming battle. The battle featured in the video is a seaborne invasion, which means all of the attacking troops are attacking from the sea and disembarking from the transport ships that spawn and carry your army when you order it to traverse a body of water. It's the first time we're seeing a video of this particular battle type so we're in for quite a treat.


"Life is more fun when you are insane. Just let go occasionally".- yakcamkir 12:14
"It is not numbers, but vision that wins wars." - Antiochus VII Sidetes
"My magic screen is constantly bombarded with nubile young things eager to please these old eyes. This truly is a wonderful period in which to exist! - Terikel Grayhair
Cherub of Total War: Rome II Heaven and the Total War: Attila Forums

[This message has been edited by DominicusUltimus (edited 08-24-2013 @ 11:51 AM).]

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HG Alumnus
posted 24 August 2013 17:08 EDT (US)     15 / 20       
Who is HeirofCarthage and why is he a famous TW fan?

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EnemyofJupitor
HG Alumnus Superbus
posted 25 August 2013 04:22 EDT (US)     16 / 20       
I believe he's actually a well regarded Youtuber/Tweeter who's known as being rather friendly and helpful.

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Lenardius VII
Legionary
posted 25 August 2013 18:53 EDT (US)     17 / 20       
So much Hellenistic factions...this should be called Greece Total War.

Its good news because I really do think Seleucids is a nice addition. I wonder if they will be very friendly to Carthage.

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Awesome Eagle
Spear of Mars
(id: awesomated88)
posted 26 August 2013 02:20 EDT (US)     18 / 20       
So much Hellenistic factions...this should be called Greece Total War.
Greek factions are some of the most popular, due to the sheer interest in their history and the amount of information on their history. Barbarian factions will be coming that will equal out the balance a touch.

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DominicusUltimus
Legate
posted 27 August 2013 05:23 EDT (US)     19 / 20       
The game also takes place during the Hellenistic Era when Greek and Greek inspired culture was dominant in Eastern Europe and the Middle East so there's significant historical justification to have several Hellenistic factions.

I'm looking forward to the Nomad Culture Pack and hoping CA alters and expands the map around the believed starting positions so it doesn't feel like we're "boxed in" when we finally get to play them.

"Life is more fun when you are insane. Just let go occasionally".- yakcamkir 12:14
"It is not numbers, but vision that wins wars." - Antiochus VII Sidetes
"My magic screen is constantly bombarded with nubile young things eager to please these old eyes. This truly is a wonderful period in which to exist! - Terikel Grayhair
Cherub of Total War: Rome II Heaven and the Total War: Attila Forums
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HG Alumnus
posted 27 August 2013 05:42 EDT (US)     20 / 20       
There is distinctly less interest in the Barbarian factions than there is Hellenic. CA will probably try to represent the major barbarian cultures; which is what we see in the Iceni, Arverni, Suebi and Nomadic tribes (DLC). Then probably some barbarian pack to spread them out a little; Iberia, Anatolia etc. Even then, their numbers will be drastically less than the Hellenic factions I reckon.

I watched the vids Dom found, but mostly skipped through them. Want to discover some of this myself in a weeks time.

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