Rome II Is Busted. Hopefully This Patch Can Help.

Rome II Is Busted. Hopefully This Patch Can Help.

Total War: Rome II is getting a patch this Friday. Which is good, because as it stands, the game is a mess.

Here’s the complete update info from developers Creative Assembly:

At Creative Assembly we are very pleased with the response to ROME II, with hundreds of thousands of players enjoying the game so far; but we do know that, as with all large PC releases, the variety of hardware and general system specifications can cause issues for some people and we are urgently working to help get them the right experience.

As announced last month, we are also planning to tweak the balancing, AI routines and other features now that we’re getting real-time metric feedback from thousands of players.

The result is that the first update to the game will drop this Friday, with the intention to update the game on a weekly basis in the immediate future.

Full patch notes will be available on Friday, but the update will address known instances of crashes due to hardware conflicts alongside several other performance fixes.

In addition, anyone experiencing graphical issues including low resolution textures, should check our support forums at which contain suggestions for settings which will improve visuals in almost all cases.

There are also a variety of other fixes suggested in our support forum, please head there to find out more or report your own problem directly to the CA team who will assist you.

Note that because I gave the game a “Not Yet”, I’ll be revisiting it in a month or so to see if anything’s improved. When I do, I’ll see if I can give the game a more definitive verdict.


  • Wow, that statement really does make it seem like they’re blatantly using the gamers as beta testers. I know this criticism has been levelled at devs before, and I understand that sometimes you just can’t generate the amount of data you need to properly QA a game before release, but when you’re talking about balance and AI issues on this scale vs. the speed they’ve responded with, I can’t help but think that they were fully expecting this and had a patch 95% ready to roll.

    • Yep. At least they should make it a standard that first release is basically a beta test. Anyone who pre orders the game or buys the games before the first patch is released should be given a discount as incentive. This will only make the game better albeit make the first bunch a tad unhappy.

  • I’m a little miffed we have to wait for the actual patch to drop before we can see what it addresses. This makes me suspect it isn’t going to fix the graphical issues just yet.

  • Hasn’t this pretty much been the case with at least the last 3 or 4 Total War games, though? They’re released in a buggy state (especially AI) verging on broken, and are patched up to excellence within the first few months?
    Not to mention when the modding community start coming out with their own tweaks and balances, which are generally amazing.

  • I’ve never played one of these games before and I don’t know if it’s my own lack of experience or the game being buggy that’s leading me have some problems.

    My campaign keeps ending because I can’t attack those sieging my city. You can order them to attack. It then never goes to the battle. With out defeating them, when I end my turn I get ousted and it’s over. It’s a no win situation. So what I have to start again now?

    Even in battles, I was trying to land shits and they wouldn’t move at all. They wouldn’t land. You’d order over and over again.

    So I think there’s an ordering millitary issue.

  • I’m yet to hit any really gamebreaking issues – as far as Total War franchise released, I thought this had been quite a smooth one.

    Everyone’s just so self-entitled these days, I remember when being in a beta-test was a special thing!

  • Just in time. Two mates of mine have been raving about how great it is and mentioned kind of in passing the length of time at end of turn… yeah. I still haven’t got around to finishing The Last Of Us anyway. I think I’ll give it a little while. But it DOES look like a game I’ll want to buy once it’s properly finished.

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