Position:Development Manager
Release Date:2014-05-29
Genre:Real Time Strategy

Total War: ROME II - Pirates and Raiders

Pirates and Raiders DLC was developed by Creative Assembly, published by SEGA and released 29 May 2014.

About the Game

This Culture Pack introduced three new raiding factions to the Rome II Campaign Map - the Thracian tribes of Tylis, the Ardiaei and the Odrysian Kingdom.

Each of the Balkan factions has its own starting position on the campaign map and its own set of faction traits, making a unique Grand Campaign experience. All are accomplished brigands; in addition, The Illyrians of the Ardiaei favour piracy, the Thracians of the Odrysian Kingdom are excellent archers, while the people of Tylis, heirs to the Celtic migrations into Asia Minor, train their new melee infantry recruits to a high standard.

New religion - The Ardiaei and Odrysian Kingdom both feature their own unique religious building chains, which bring numerous benefits and effects to their campaign gameplay.

New technologies - The Ardiaei and Odrysian Kingdom both feature their own unique technologies, which enable the player to unlock key new units and effects which replace parts of the core Barbarian culture technology trees.

New units - Sharing much with their Celtic forbears, the factions of the Balkan culture principally employ the core Barbarian unit-roster, with 10 new units, 5 new mercenaries and 4 new auxiliaries.

Skills and Experience

Pirates and Raiders was a very small project, aiming to add variation to Rome II with more naval invasion focused factions. In development, we had changed the 'New Content Team' to contain a small group of developers dedicated to just making DLC. This was the first DLC for this team configuration. The Core members of this team went on to make all of the following ROME II and ATTILA DLC.