Total War Attila Video Explains New Map And Politics System, Which Look To Streamline Rome 2's Mechanics

By Matthew Buzzi , Updated Nov 28, 2014 01:03 PM EST
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The Creative Assembly has released a new video for the upcoming Total War: Attila, showing off its redesigned diplomacy and politics systems.

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The video, which you can watch below, highlights the new streamlined map. The world map in Total War: Rome II was not as intuitive as it could've been, making interaction with other factions and looking at relationships more difficult than necessary. The new map has been designed with ease-of-use in mind, it seems, offering a simpler interface and a variety of filters.

You can switch between army, settlement, and resource views with the bar along the top, giving an overview of your current standing. Perhaps even more useful are territorial filters, which show relative wealth and food of each region so you can see where trouble is in your empire on a large scale. There's also a useful faction power ranking chart, which will help you decide your warpath.

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Even better than the map improvements are the changes to Rome II's opaque politics system, which was difficult to understand or influence. The family tree from other titles has returned, and a more clearly-defined Power system has been introduced. Power is ranked by Dominion (your family's amount of influence vs that of other families) and Control (provided by in-game events), and you'll want to keep the two at around 55 percent for the best benefits. It's still a bit complicated, but it appears to explain itself better than Rome II's model--check out the video below for the visual explanation.

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