Sega has revealed Carthage as the second playable faction in Rome 2: Total War.
Joining the Roman faction revealed earlier this month, the north African nation of Carthage is profiled on the new Total War Wiki, which will eventually feature maps showing off each faction's starting position, plus information on their varying strengths.
Carthage is an expansionist trading state with a small indigenous population. As such, the bulk of its armies consist of mercenary units. The core of its land forces, however, are elite Carthaginian citizens known as the Sacred Band and mighty war elephants from the forests of North Africa. Accomplished seamen, their ships are fast and manoeuvrable, with good ramming and missile capabilities.
As a playable faction, Carthage benefits from its mastery of the waves and its heritage as a great trading nation. As a democracy, it also enjoys an improved level of population happiness. The player also has the choice to play as one of three major political powers, each of which confers further military, economic and cultural benefits.
It was recently reported that the Rome 2: Total War release date has been set for October 2013, although Sega's officially announced launch window for the game is simply late next year.
CVG visited Creative Assembly in June for an exclusive first look at the sequel, and you can read every detail in our Rome 2: Total War preview and our Rome 2: Total War interview with lead designer James Russell.