The shipped version features the official eight factions, but the studio had some spare time to create Pontus. An official Total War: Rome II release date is expected soon.
"A mountainous region bordering the Black Sea, Pontus contains many fertile river valleys and ports upon which it’s largely agricultural and trade economy is based," blurbs the .
Total War: Rome II releases on PC in the second half of 2013. The original eight factions include Rome (duh), Carthage, Macedon, Inceni, Averni, Suebi, Parthia and Egypt.