Total War: Rome II to evoke 'Saving Private Ryan' moments of "horrific warfare"
Posted: 02.08.2012 14:01 by Simon Priest Comments: 5
Creative Assembly are banding 'Saving Private Ryan' around their office as a phrase to keep the team focused on delivering some real moments of "horrific warfare" like the beach landings.

The loss of troops on such a scale is "going to affect you more deeply" this time with Rome II, as they work to lessen emotional detachment. They're aiming for human drama on a "very macro-scale".

Basically Creative want you bawling like baby as a legion or two gets crushed - not because it'll hurt those battle stats, but because your empire just lost some precious souls.

"We've got naval battle and land battles interacting for the first time, so you can throw ships up beaches and have people 'Saving Private Ryan-ing' it up the beach," said brand director Rob Bartholomew. In Total War: Rome II the Creative Assembly team are marrying naval and land battles allowing for some particularly grand spectacles of war.

"When I say Saving Private Ryan, that's a phrase we're using around the office a lot because we're trying to inject that real feeling of horrific warfare so that the loss of your troops is going to affect you more deeply this time around."

"We're putting more personality into the troops that you'll send marching off across the battlefield by using facial motion capture and giving more resources to animation," he continued. "We want to create that level of human strife, drama and character on a very macro-scale amongst these gigantic battles at the same time."

Total War: Rome II releases on PC in 2013.

Source: MCV

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By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Aug 02, 2012
From the preview I've read in an Aussie mag (replete with pictures....drool) the Battle of Carthage looks stunning. Cannot wait for this one now.
This FMV definitely sets the stage for some good old Roman style political campaigning - taking Senators and Generals in the night and dispatching them quickly. Though it evokes more the feel of Imperial Rome, I'm sure the Roman Republic will be just as glorious, and bloody in the hands of the gamer.
By nocutius (SI Elite) on Aug 02, 2012
Sounds as a decent addition but the main source of fun for me in TW games is on the strategic level, I always autoresolve all but the main battles.
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Aug 02, 2012
I still think you'll be pleasantly surprised with all the espionage and intrigue, nocc and it might even draw you into the real time battles....perhaps.
By Longsword (SI Core Member) on Aug 02, 2012
I need a time machine so I can just zoom forward to the day when Rome II comes out. The wait is killing me XD
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Aug 02, 2012
...and some cash for perhaps an upgrade or two with "C&C: Generals 2" coming out next year as well.