The Battle of the Teutoburg Forest is a rather messy episode of Roman history, with three whole roman legions drawn into an ambush by a Germanic chieftain named Arminius and annihilated with the loss of 20,000 to 36,000 legionaries and auxiliares. So shameful was the defeat that the numbers of the three destroyed legions (XVII, XVIII and XIX) were never used again. It was also a classic scenario in the first Rome: Total War.
Apparently (and not surprisingly) the battle is coming back in Total War: Rome II, with shiny new graphics and music. In the newest episode of The Creative Assembly’s Rally Point video series two new screenshots of the scenario were unveiled, alongside its soundtrack towards the end.
At this rate I would say it’s pretty safe to assume that we’ll see a playable Germanic faction in the game. Maybe the choice will fall on the Cherusci that were led by Arminius himself. Of course, though, this is just my speculation, so don’t take it for granted until we receive an official confirmation.
You can check the video and the screenshots below. Personally I can’t wait to play Teutoburg again, and kick a few thousands of barbarian rears. Who said you can’t change history?