Total War: Rome II is an upcoming strategy game under development by The Creative Assembly and published by Sega, to be released on 3 September 2013 for Microsoft Windows. According to The Bookseller website, Pan MacMillan and Thomas Dunne Books have purchased the rights from The Creative Assembly to publish a series of novels based on the video game Total War: Rome II. Author David Gibbins has been tasked to write the aforementioned novel series. The first of the novels will be released in October. The eighth standalone game in the Total War series of video games, Rome II is a successor to the 2004 game Rome: Total War.