ACTIVISION AND THE CREATIVE ASSEMBLY CONFIRMS DEVELOPMENT OF ROME: TOTAL WAR(tm)
London, UK - January 24, 2003 - Activision, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) today
announced the development of Rome: Total War(tm) for the PC, the next game to be
released in the Total War series and the follow-up title to The Creative
Assembly's multi-award winning Medieval: Total War. In the game players return
to the golden age of antiquity to take command of the most fearsome armies in a
bid to rewrite the annals of history and be proclaimed Imperator.
"One of the biggest challenges we've faced so far with Rome: Total War
is getting people to believe what they see when we show them the game,"
states Tim Ansell, managing director, The Creative Assembly. "The cinematic
battles are beyond anything ever before seen in a game. So, when people see a
screenshot or the game running, they automatically assume that we're showing a
cutscene or that it's going to take a super computer to run the game. Nothing
could be further from the truth. Even before final optimizations the engine
performance and the system specs are already very competitive."
Following more than two years of development, the revolutionary, all new
Total War(tm) engine brings to life epic, cinematic battles beyond anything ever
seen before in a game. The player controls mighty armies of up to 10,000 fully
polygonal, highly detailed, motion-captured warriors clashing in panoramic
real-time battles. Players can fight as, or against ancient history's most
legendary generals including Julius Caesar, Hannibal and the rebel Spartacus.
At players' disposal will be hundreds different troop types including
legionaries, hoplites, barbarian hordes, war elephants, gladiators and scythe
chariots to colossal war machines such as siege towers, battering rams and
catapults hurling flaming missiles. Additionally, more than 10,000 unique
battlefields based on the topography of Europe and North Africa set the stage
for the carnage. However, conflict is not the only way to gain favor with the
senate and people of Rome as, politics, diplomacy the gladiatorial games will
play key roles in the player's quest to be declared Imperator.
For more information and regular updates visit: http://www.totalwar.com/rome.htm/
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