PlayStation 4 Announcement Shows PC Strength, Says Rome 2 Developer

Sony is aiming to copy its most succesful features

Dom Starr, the campaign designer working on Total War: Rome 2, believes that the reveal of the PlayStation 4 from Sony shows how powerful the PC platform is at the moment and its potential to challenge home consoles.

The developer tells Eurogamer that the very fact that Sony talked about the PlayStation 4 as essentially a PC with added services shows that gamers should be confident that their platform will dominate the future.

He states, “If anything, the fact that the new console, PS4, seems to pretty much be an adapted PC just goes to show that the platform is strong and likely to not see the death of it any time soon.”

The Creative Assembly has long maintained that they would be ready to create a Total War game for home consoles, but that the current generation of devices from Sony and Microsoft does not have the power to support the strategy experience.

Starr adds, “Personally I think it would be nice to have Total War on console, get the experience to people who aren’t necessarily PC gamers. You’d have to adapt a fair bit if for a joypad controller. Something like the Wii U might be easier to do some – drawing battle lines, moving the units around in a bit more of an organic way.”

The developer says that the touchpad of the new Dual Shock 4 could also be used like a mouse, but he emphasized that, at the moment, his studio is not actively working on a port.

The PlayStation 4 is advertised as powerful device that also offers extensive streaming and sharing options for gamers.

Total War: Rome 2 will be launched exclusively on the PC in November this year.

The game merges land and sea battles for the first time in the series, allowing gamers to plan and execute complex combined arms operations.

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