Today The Creative Assembly sent out a rather peculiar press release, announcing that Total War: Rome II is getting a day one DLC. Before you start pulling out those rotten eggs and tomatoes let me finish: the DLC is going to be completely free.
If you’re wondering about the reason behind this apparently strange operation, it’s actually pretty simple. Digital download via Steam allows the development team to finish working on the DLC in the window of opportunity between the moment in which the game goes gold and launch day.
Even more exciting is the fact that the DLC to be released on day one is only the first free DLC the game is going to get, hinting to the fact that there will be more down the pipeline.
So what does this DLC entail? Basically the mysterious ninth faction that was teased a few weeks ago: Pontus. You can see the first official screenshot above.
Pontus was a mountainous region south of the Black Sea, with a florid trade and agriculture-based economy thanks to its many fertile valleys and ports. It was one of the most long-lived Hellenistic nations in existence, and the mix of Greek and Persian culture created a fearsome military force built upon sturdy pikemen and deadly war chariots with scythed wheels.
Pontus mostly owed its prestige to the control of the Black Sea trade routes, dealing in timber, precious metals and valuable steel, that tended to be rare in the region.
Originally the Pontic region was part of the Persian empire, but it was conquered during the raise to power of Alexander and became a client state under Hellenistic influence, until a re-emergent dynasty of Persian origins founded by Mithridates Ktistes declared independence from the Macedonian Empire during the Wars of the Successors. Of course its raising power placed it in the uncomfortable path of the Roman war machine.
Ultimately, while day one DLC are definitely irritating, I definitely can’t see any foul done when they’re free. Am I right?