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Total War: Rome II Hannibal at the Gates campaign pack release date announced

Posted on March 14, 2014 AT 05:15pm

When it comes to rivals of ancient Rome, one name stands tall above the rest: Hannibal.

The brilliant Carthaginian general was the Roman Republic’s archnemesis during the Second Punic War—and his impact on the world at large is evidenced by the fact that if grade-school kids remember anything from history class, it’s Hannibal’s stunning crossing of the Alps with a convoy of menacing war elephants in tow.

His story is inexorably linked with Rome, so it makes sense that after Rome’s most famous leader, Julius Caesar himself, starred in Total War: Rome II‘s first campaign pack, Caesar in Gaul, its most notorious enemy would headline the second: Hannibal at the Gates, which The Creative Assembly has now confirmed to release on March 27th on PC for $14.99.

The major draw of this DLC lies in re-creating the Second Punic War, ancient history’s most famous large-scale conflict. This was a brutal, bloody, and prohibitively expensive struggle that pit two of antiquity’s greatest tactical minds against each other: Hannibal of Carthage and Scipio Africanus of Rome. The pack also includes two new historical battles: the Battle of Cannae, which dealt Rome perhaps its most humiliating defeat in history (including the loss of at least 30 Senators, who regularly took up arms back then), and the Battle of Zama, in which Rome dealt a decisive blow to Carthage and claimed victory in the 17-year conflict.

Hannibal at the Gates also introduces three new factions, and fans of ancient bearded Iberian tribesmen will definitely like the news. Players can take up arms as the Lusitani (an ancient pre-Celtic people who populated modern-day Portugal), the Arevaci (Celtic warriors from northern Spain), and Syracuse, the Greek settlement in modern-day Sicily renowned as one of the capitals of science, culture, and enlightenment in the ancient world (and the site of one of the great tragedies in human history: the murder of the brilliant scientist Archimedes by a cowardly unknown Roman soldier during the Siege of Syracuse in 212 B.C. after explicit orders to keep him alive).

Andrew Fitch, Managing Editor
Andrew Fitch, a proud Japanese RPG and serial-comma enthusiast, has been attending E3 for more than a decade now. His least-proud moment? That time in 2004 when, suffering from utter exhaustion, he decided to take a break on the creepy, dilapidated—and possibly cursed—La-Z-Boy at Konami’s Silent Hill booth. Follow Andrew’s adventures in avoiding cursed furniture at his Twitter feed: @twittch. Meet the rest of the crew.

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