Total War: Rome II fans enraged at SEGA for including cut pre-alpha content as paid DLC
Creative Assembly is in the lime light with fans once again for its new premium DLC, as it allegedly includes content that was cut from the game’s pre-release version.
Gamers are saying that he Camel Cataphract units featured in the DLC Beasts of War pack was originally shown in a Let’s Play video that was produced by Creative Assembly before the game came out. This video also showed the Mercenary Naked Swords unit which wasn’t in the base game either and was released later in the Caesar in Gaul DLC.
“At the time of this video’s recording, these units were not finished in terms of art, gameplay or design and as a marketing team we should have double-checked the likelihood of them making it into the final game. Obviously we don’t want to feature content that won’t be in the game intentionally, especially when it would otherwise be pointless, as in this case where there was a huge variety of other great units to show off. That’s our basic human error and I apologize for letting that through. [The units] weren’t working pre-launch in the sense that they were finished, being largely placeholder and subject to change. However, I completely appreciate that this sounds like a ‘get out’ on a technicality to a fan feeling aggrieved by this, so again I do apologize for not thoroughly checking enough that all content in that video was absolutely ready for public viewing and understanding. We’ve put checks in place now that should prevent that in the future.” – Total War brand director Rob Bartholomew
This isn’t the first issue the game has had with long time fans; this entry has been one of the more highly criticized titles in the franchise, though it remains a powerhouse seller for SEGA.