Fans of The Creative Assembly’s complex PC strategy series will have to wait an extra week to get their fix of Rome’s most famous conqueror mercilessly slaughtering scores of bearded Gallic tribesmen. Community lead Craig Laycock announced on the company’s forums that Total War: Rome II‘s first expansion, Caesar in Gaul, has been delayed a week to Dec. 17 (from its original Dec. 12 release date) “in order to give us a bit more time to squeeze in some additions to the accompanying patch.”
Caesar in Gaul will give players an inside look at the Gallic Wars, which raged in modern-day France and Belgium from 58 to 51 B.C. (a campaign that famously ended with the personal surrender of Arverni chieftain Vercingetorix to Julius Caesar himself). The expansion takes inspiration from Commentarii de Bello Gallico (Commentaries on the Gallic War), Caesar’s firsthand account of the conflict. Each turn will represent two weeks instead of a whole year, meaning that players will see the changing seasons affect their battle plans, which brings more realistic week-to-week and month-to-month strategies and tactics to the Rome II experience.
Along with the new campaign itself, Caesar in Gaul also adds three rough-and-ready Celtic factions to the main Rome II game: the Boii (warrior farmers from eastern Germany and the Czech Republic—the regions of Bavaria and Bohemia get their names from this tribe), the Nervii (Spartan-like folk from modern-day Belgium who Caesar described as the fiercest of the northern Gaulish peoples), and the Galatians (Celts who settled in the Anatolian peninsula after the failed Gallic invasion of Macedon in 280 B.C.).