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September 11, 2013

Creative Assembly Deem Total War: Rome 2 “Totally Unacceptable”

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Written by: Alex Hamilton
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Total War: Rome 2 has only been out a week, and is undergoing something of a rough time following its launch. Under the weight of expectation for the sequel to the universally acclaimed Rome Total War, Rome 2 got off to a stutter as thousands of unhappy fans took to forums and social media to complain of bugs, glitches and crashes.

One only has to make a glance across the steam and total war forums to see the opinion of the fans: “I haven’t played a worse Total War than this”, “I regret that I purchased this so badly”. There’s even a petition on the steam forums for everyone who bought the game to get a refund (like the one given to those who bought the WarZ) because the game was “nowhere near what was promised to Total War fans”.

In the wake of such an outpouring of disappointment, Creative Assembly promised to roll out weekly patches to try and fix most of the issues, and that they would look into overhauling major parts of the game to suit their consumer’s needs. Creative director Mike Simpson took to the game’s forums to apologise:

“Rome II is a big and complex game and, especially on PC, we are always conscious of the wide variety of different combinations of hardware out there and, while we do test extensively before launch, it is clear that we have failed some of you and we will look at the way in which launch games in the future … Again, I know this is scant comfort to you if you have a set-up that is not performing well, but we do intend to fix your specific problem—whoever you are and whatever it is—as soon as we can.”

Simpson and the Total War team claim that two percent of game owners cannot launch or play the game due to issues. However if you check the steam stats, twelve per cent of players on Steam (which would be around 10-13,000 judging from the peak player count) haven’t completed an hour on the game. This suggests a slightly bigger problem.

On the other hand, at least CA are recognising their mistakes and attempting to fix the issue. Whether they will or not is yet to be seen.

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Alex Hamilton
Alex Hamilton received a Sega Megadrive aged 4 and has since been obsessed with all things gaming. A postgraduate in Ancient History and Archaeology, Alex is a PC gamer through-and-through but has owned and played a menagerie of gaming consoles. His wallet and PayPal are forever being emptied by Steam sales.


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