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Total War: Rome 2's Desert Kingdoms expansion launches next month, brings four new factions


Creative Assembly has announced that Total War: Rome 2 will receive a Desert Kingdoms Culture Pack on March 8th, bringing with it four new playable factions. A free Female Leaders update will be made available to all players on the same day.

The Desert Kingdoms expansion follows on from November’s Empire Divided DLC – the first major expansion for Total War: Rome 2 since 2014. Desert Kingdoms’ headline feature is, of course, it’s four new factions: the Kingdoms of Kush, Saba, Nabatea, and Masaesyli – all native to the deserts of Africa and Arabia.

“While culturally similar, each faction boasts unique new unit rosters which offer different military strengths”, says Creative Assembly. Each faction features new building chains and technology trees, and comes with its own unique Faction Traits.

Additionally, all four new factions share the same Cultural Traits, providing a bonus to morale in desert battles and bonus income from agriculture, as well as incurring a penalty to research rates. Full details of each new faction can be found on the game’s Steam page.