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Carthage is next revealed Total War: Rome II faction
Posted: 14.12.2012 14:49 by Simon Priest Comments: 10
SEGA and Creative Assembly have updated the Total War Wiki with Carthage as a playable faction for the 2013 bound Total War: Rome II. Earlier they blew our minds by revealing the Roman faction.

This North African neighbour to Rome is an "expansionist trading state" with war elephants on the march. They plan to update the wiki with each faction's strengths and weaknesses.

"The beating heart of Carthage is the city itself, a major port and bustling trade hub nestling on the North African coast," begins the Total War wiki write-up on Carthage.

"Since gaining independence from its Phoenician forbears, it has quickly established a considerable military, naval and trade empire of its own. Holding the same polytheistic beliefs as their ancestors, the Carthaginians worship many gods, chief amongst them Ba’al Hammon, The Ruler Of The Multitudes, and Tanit, the patron goddess of Carthage itself. Many people believe that child sacrifice takes place at their temples." Sacrifice of the little ones? Burn it down!

"Carthage is an expansionist trading state with a small indigenous population. As such, the bulk of its armies consist of mercenary units. The core of its land forces, however, are elite Carthaginian citizens known as the Sacred Band and mighty war elephants from the forests of North Africa. Accomplished seamen, their ships are fast and manoeuvrable, with good ramming and missile capabilities." Beware all that rammed wood and missiled seamen, my fellow Roman.

"Since the 6th century BC, Carthage has enjoyed a commercial treaty with Rome. The nations even fought together during the Pyrrhic War, although this was a marriage of convenience to prevent Greek hegemony of Southern Italy and Sicily. The outcome of that war was perhaps better for Rome; Carthage gained a foothold in Sicily, but Rome achieved dominance over much of the Italian peninsula. Now, tensions run high between these mighty nations..."

"As a playable faction, Carthage benefits from its mastery of the waves and its heritage as a great trading nation. As a democracy, it also enjoys an improved level of population happiness. The player also has the choice to play as one of three major political powers, each of which confers further military, economic and cultural benefits."

SEGA also released two images to tease the Carthaginian empire. Total War: Rome II releases on PC October 2013.

 

Source: CVG

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Comments

By nocutius (SI Elite) on Dec 14, 2012
nocutius
As long as I get to crush Rome I'm all good :)
By novapaddy (SI Member) on Dec 14, 2012
novapaddy
Jeez, I have to wait all the time until OCTOBER... I'd hoped it was going to be February or March... Looks Great though!
By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Dec 14, 2012
SirRoderick
I like the sense of individuality so far. Might actually be more like Medieval II at long last!
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Dec 14, 2012
herodotus
Seeing that early pics from this title showed the Third Battle of Carthage (I believe, anyway) I'm not surprised. What a strange "reveal" to make...talk about overstating the obvious.
By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Dec 14, 2012
SirRoderick
Clearly was the Third, this isn't so much a reveal as it is once-over of the civ's details. And besides, I cn nae you all of the other factions and some more right now if you like, still want to hear their take on them :)
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Dec 14, 2012
herodotus
Fair enough. I guess it is interesting to get an idea of their take on the history, particularly as this will be the game we play, whether true or not. I'd like to hear more on the Naval warfare as the battles at sea were ferocious. Emperor Claudius (not a stammering fool, as Robert Graves portrayed him) but actually a sharp-minded if short-tempered leader, had a re-enactment of the largest battle at sea take place on a man-made lake one year. Very expensive undertaking, but quite the spectacle.
By nikola1010 (SI Core Member) on Dec 20, 2012
nikola1010
I do hope that Parthians will be playable again, I love their horse archers and cataphratcs... and hated the pink colour, that made the entire army look gay (especially eastern infantry units). 1 general, 2 cataphracts and 17 horse archers was all that's needed to bring down countless Egyptian chariots and it's supporting infantry :) Not to mention Armenian and Pontic eastern infantrymen :)))
By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Dec 20, 2012
SirRoderick
Ahhhh, the Parthians...bloody cowards dancing around on their fancy horses! Get down here and fight or I'll use the ballista! *adjusts helmet*
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Dec 20, 2012
herodotus
"Bloody Romans!"
Macedonians for me. Yes they were in the sunset of their epoch, but still great warriors.
By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Dec 20, 2012
SirRoderick
I can't help being totally sucked up by the Romans, every aspect of that civilisation is just fascinating to me....