Rome II offers Caesar a holiday in Gaul

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Sega and Creative Assembly have announced the Caesar in Gaul campaign pack for Total War: Rome II. The standalone campaign will feature Caesar’s war against Gaul with a shorter, more focused strategic experience in comparison to the main game. Players will be able to take control of Gallic Arverni, the Germanic Suebi, the Belgic Nervii, or Rome and fight in the 18 provinces of Gaul. With the more compact strategic map comes a tighter timeline.

As Caesar in Gaul deals with a considerably shorter time-span (58-51BC) than the grand sweep of the ROME II campaign, each turn represents two weeks rather than a year. This means seasons make a return. The gameplay effects of these aren’t always predictable however, and may vary from province to province. A late autumn may bring a good harvest for example, but a long, dry summer may damage your food production.

It remains to be seen if the standalone Caesar in Gaul campaign will fix many of the issues Tom had in his review of Total War: Rome II.