Sega has announced Macedon as the third playable faction in Rome 2: Total War. Joining the Roman and the Carthage factions revealed last month. So far, as it stands, the 3 factions are Roman, Carthage and Macedon, but there are still 5 more left to be announced. Here's what Sega said regarding the various factions in Rome 2:
Proud warriors and gifted statesmen, the Macedonians yearn to return to the glory-days of Alexander The Great. However, hemmed in by the other Greek city-states, who find Macedon's empire-building past hard to forget, players will have to work hard to forge local alliances.
Sega realeased a statement about the different factions:
"Representing key powers within the Greco-Roman, Barbarian, and Eastern cultures, every faction features its own agents and political system, and three tech trees representing civic, military and engineering disciplines.
Each will have its own dilemmas to face and different styles of army to manage. Certain factions - such as Rome - are split into a number of playable families, which bring further unique benefits to their base faction traits."
The statement about the Roman faction:
As a playable faction, Rome benefits economically from its excellence in metalwork, enjoys enhanced military development, and can exploit the masses in order to maintain public order. Furthermore, the player will choose to conduct the affairs of Rome as the head of one of three great Roman houses: The Julia, The Cornelia, and the Junia, each of which brings further economic, military and cultural benefits.
The statement about the playability of the Carthaginian faction:
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.
The statment about the Macedonian faction:
As a Successor State, Macedon gains advantages when fighting other Hellenic factions, and enjoys improved income and provincial growth from every client state owned. Experienced warriors, the armies of Macedon also have an advantage when fighting against barbarians.
Under the leadership of Antigonus Gonatus, they are gracious rulers and shrewd tradesmen, enjoying bonuses to income and population happiness. However, the other Hellenistic states find it hard to forgive Macedon’s hegemonic tendencies, and as such, the Macedonian player will have a harder time winning their trust and allegiance.
A few months ago it was reported that the Rome 2: Total War release date has been set for October 2013, although Sega's officially announced launch window for the game is simply late next year.