Total War: ROME II – Desert Kingdoms Culture Pack

Total War: ROME II

Michael.Whelan
February 20 2018

The Desert Kingdoms Culture Pack introduces four new playable factions to Total War: ROME II. The Kingdoms of Kush, Saba and Nabatea fall under the African/Arabian subculture, while the Masaesyli are of Numidian origin. These factions are native to the deserts of Africa and Arabia. Surviving these harsh environmental conditions has forged them into hardy warriors who use the shifting desert sands to their advantage in battle.

While culturally similar, each faction boasts unique new unit rosters which offer different military strengths. Each faction also has new building chains and technology trees, playing to their strengths and further differentiating their playstyles. Alongside their individual Faction Traits, the Desert Kingdoms all share the following Cultural Traits:

 

Desert Warriors: Bonus to morale in desert battles and bonus income from agriculture

Deep-rooted Traditions: Penalty to research rate

 

Female Leaders – Free-LC

  • Following in Zenobia’s footsteps, Cleopatra and Teuta are now fully playable as faction leaders and generals, along with custom visuals and voice-over.
  • Important female characters have been added to all campaigns and across all factions. In some cultures, like Rome and Greek – women can only serve a social/political role while in other women can be generals and fight alongside men.
    • For cultures where women can’t hold public offices there is a special “Cursus Honorum” path that follows the increase in “behind-the-stage” political influence of women.
  • There are special events (dilemmas) that portray the trials and tribulations associated with women coming to power in ancient times. Usually, there are traditions and prejudice standing in the way. Such events allow the player to recruit a female leader or gain some other bonuses from parties that would oppose such a decision.
  • Faction leaders of opposite gender can now marry as a diplomatic action, significantly strengthening the relations between the two factions.
  • The basic marriage action now has political implications.

 

Total War: ROME II – Desert Kingdoms is released on March 8th. Pre-order now to get 10% off.

Full faction details available on Steam: http://store.steampowered.com/app/792520