Total War: Rome 2 Review Bombed Over Female Generals, Creative Assembly Responds

Total War: Rome 2 Review Bombed Over Female Generals, Creative Assembly Responds

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Creative Assembly the developers of Total War: Rome 2 issued a statement on Twitter that addressed a recent outcry from some players over the issue of female generals. Namely that Total War: Rome 2 has them.

Total War: Rome 2 has been hit by review bombing tactics primarily from players accusing Creative Assembly of forcing them to play as female generals. Creative Assembly issued a response via Twitter saying that's not the case and simply a result of how the game functions mechanically.

"There have been no changes to recruitable female general span rates. But with the addition of the Family Tree feature and the new gameplay options it brings, playable factions may gain more female family members via marriage," Creative Assembly says it in its tweet.

"Female characters appear throughout the game but have between a 10 and 15 percent chance of appearing as recruitable generals for some of the playable factions. The exceptions are the Greek states, Rome, Carthage, and some Easter factions which have a 0 percent chance, and Kush which has a 50 percent chance."

Creative Assembly also confirmed that any instance that suggests otherwise is not the result of a bug, and that the developer have "no plans to patch this out or remove this feature from the game."

The term "historical accuracy" has been lobbed at Creative Assembly over its decision to include female generals in its game, like what happened to EA and Battlefield 5 earlier this year. Creative Assembly's statement even addresses history in its statement and how it translates to its playable female generals.

Review bombing isn't an uncommon practice on Steam, and it's been used to artificially inflate or deflate the public score of a game as a way of protest. Steam has stepped in to try and curb its effects but hasn't outright banned review bombs. Creative Assembly looks to be sticking to its game however.

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Matt Kim

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