Total War: Rome II The First Dip in the Pool
You may remember back in September when Valve announced a new operating system, a free, open source Linux like setup dubbed SteamOS meant for dedicated game playing. Valve has encouraged game developers to take advantage of the setup, and it appears Sega owned Creative Assembly is up to the task.
On Thursday, CA’s Rob Bartholomew announced on the Steam Universe community groups that Total War: Rome II will be headed to the new platform once released next year, and added Linux users will get some love:
At Creative Assembly we want our customers to be able to play on as many platforms and in as many locations as possible, so today we are announcing future support for both SteamOS and the Steam Controller.
We’ve always wanted the Total War franchise to be enjoyed by living room gamers, but the limitations of traditional hardware made our style of game play impossible. Last month, when Valve invited us to test out the new Steam Controller and unveiled their plans for SteamOS – we were impressed. We believe it will provide us with the control fidelity and platform we need to make a living room experience for ROME II that could be a more compelling experience than playing with keyboard and mouse.
ROME II will be launching on Linux early next year, with full Steam Controller and Big Picture support to be added as soon as Valve gets us a controller dev kit. Pick up a copy of the game this weekend while it’s 25% off and you’ll be able to play the Linux version as soon as it launches!
If success is found, one has to wonder if larger titles–even games like Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed–have a future on Linux and SteamOS. Would you like to see Sega support these OSes more? Tell us your thoughts in the comments.