A new book deal has revealed that the upcoming strategy game Total War: Rome 2 will be launched during October 2013 by developer The Creative Assembly and publisher SEGA.Pan Macmillan, one of the biggest book publishers in the United Kingdom, and Thomas Dunne Books, a publisher in the United States, have announced that they have an agreement with the two video game companies, which will see them publish four original novels based on Total War: Rome 2.
The first book in the series will be introduced in October 2013 and will arrive alongside Total War: Rome 2, according to the two companies.
Jeremy Trevathan, a representative of the book company, stated, “We are delighted to be working with one of the most successful games franchises on the market. What is also particularly exciting is that they have an in-built, committed community of players who are emotionally engaged with the games and who have told their researchers that they are hungry for more ‘story-telling’ within the games and around the games.”
The Total War: Rome 2 books will be written by David Gibbins, who will work with the development team at The Creative Assembly when creating the books and SEGA and Pan Macmillan also have plans to promote the book series in the strategy game.
Presumably the October 2013 launch date is at the moment just an estimate and if the developers need more time to put finishing touches on Rome 2 the launch of the book based on it will also be delayed.
Total War: Rome 2 takes players back to the Ancient Era and allows gamers to take control of a number of nations around the Mediterranean and drive them to greatness.
The game will mix naval and land units on the same map for the first time and will also have a greater focus on character development and important decisions.