A Collector's Edition has been detailed, with each CE copy being "laser-etched" in Roman numerals. You also get a Tabula set, Tesserae Dice, Total War Cards and more.
A canvas campaign map depicting the 57 provinces of Rome II's campaign is also included, and the CE also lets you build a miniature Roman Onager (catapult).
The Collector’s Edition is available only through select retailers as it marks over 10 years of Total War games and Creative Assembly's 25th anniversary. There'll be an "extremely limited run" of just 22,000 "individually numbered copies" of the CE. It's all presented in a "leather-effect presentation box," resplendent with gold logo and magnetic closure.
There are also pre-order incentives in the form of a Greek States Culture Pack, which adds three additional playable factions to the campaign; Epirus, Athens and Sparta.
"These factions have their own unique units, buildings, missions and win conditions alongside a distinct tech tree and, in the case of Sparta, will present a considerable challenge to the advanced player wishing to restore the famous city state to its former glory," says the press release.
Collector's Edition highlights:
· Numbered copy of Total War: ROME II
The most ambitious and expansive game in the Total War™ series to date, ROME II brings the statecraft, politics, intrigue, diplomacy and epic battles of the ancient world to life in thrilling detail. This version comes in a debossed Steelbook™ case, laser-etched with your unique collector’s number in Roman numerals.
· Tabula set
The Roman forerunner to Backgammon, this Tabula set comprises 30 bone-effect game pieces supplied in their own burlap drawstring bag; the board itself is built into the base of the Collector’s Edition box.
· Tesserae Dice
Three replica bone-effect dice for use in a variety of games. The design is based on original Roman Tesserae, found at the archaeological site of Herculaneum.
· Total War Cards: PUNIC WARS
Designed from the ground up to echo elements from ROME II, Total War Cards is a game of skill and luck for two players. Involving combat, territorial control, resource management and technological development, PUNIC WARS consists of 58 high-quality playing cards and a game-board printed with the PUNIC WARS tech-tree.
· Canvas Campaign Map
A reminder of the world you must conquer, this ribbon-tied canvas map depicts each of the 57 provinces of the ROME II campaign.
· Roman Onager
A complete, fully-functional Onager, or Roman siege catapult. This easy-to-assemble kit is constructed from weathered wood and steel, measures 26cm x 12cm x 12cm, and is capable of unleashing small projectiles at a variety of inanimate objects which may have affronted the glory of your empire.
Total War: Rome II releases on PC September 3rd.