Total War: Rome II

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Total War: Rome II
Total War: Rome II cover
Creative Assembly
DLC Creative Assembly Sofia
Release dates
Windows September 3, 2013
macOS (OS X) September 16, 2014
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Total War: Rome II on Wikipedia
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Key points

Creative Assembly usually release beta-testing patch here
Most issues with the game since release have been fixed.

General information

Port Report
Official site for the series
Official forum
Official support page
Total War Wiki - A wiki for the series
Total War Center - A large fan site for the series with an active modding community
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
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Publisher website
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macOS (OS X)
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Emperor Edition.
macOS (OS X)
Green Man Gaming
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macOS (OS X)
Mac App Store
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Emperor Edition.
macOS (OS X)
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macOS (OS X)
All Windows versions require Steam DRM.

Version differences[edit]

The Mac App Store version (Emperor Edition) does not support multiplayer, mods or additional DLC.[1]

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Setting Up[citation needed]
  1. Download the Package File Manager and extract it in a new folder.
  2. Open PackFileManager.exe, select Cancel on the very first prompt.
  3. On the second prompt find the main R2TW installation folder, after selecting it click the OK button and skip the next prompt.
  4. Select Yes if asked to decode the database files.
  5. Under Game, check if R2TW is selected.
  6. Under Options, select CA Packs Are Read Only, then choose I'm not afraid, coward!
Videos[citation needed]
  1. Under File, Open CA pack, select movies.pack
  2. Double Click on movies.pack and movies in order to expand the list.
  3. Select the desired file, then push Delete in order to erase it. Delete the following files.

   4. Push Ctrl+S in order to save any new changes.


Due to the large amount of files saving might take up to a minute.
Splash Screen[citation needed]
  1. Under File, Open CA pack, select local.pack
  2. While in the list Double Click on local.pack and navigate to local.pack\ui\frontend ui\loadingscreen
  3. Select, then push Delete to erase it.
  4. Push Ctrl+S in order to save any new changes.


Depending on the language the game was installed on the local.pack file may appear as local_language.pack

Modify camera edge scroll delay[edit]

Modify edge scroll delay[citation needed]
  1. Go to %APPDATA%\The Creative Assembly\Rome2\scripts
  2. Open preferences.script.txt
  3. Edit campaign_camera_edge_scroll_delay 0.2 and change 0.2 to the desired value.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\The Creative Assembly\Rome2\scripts\preferences.script.txt
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\The Creative Assembly\Attila\
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/214950/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\The Creative Assembly\Rome2\save_games\
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/214950/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud


General settings.
General settings.

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Minimum resolution is 1024x768.[2]
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Borderless while playing in Windowed at the Desktop's resolution.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Trilinear, and anisotropic filtering (2-16 samples).
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Double buffered.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS


Control settings.
Control settings.

Keyboard and mouse, touch State Notes
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Touchscreen optimised
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.


Audio settings.
Audio settings.
Voice settings.
Voice settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Master, music, speech, and effect sliders
Surround sound
Up to 5.1 Discrete.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision
See Helix Mod fix: DirectX 9, DirectX 11.


The Mac App Store version (Emperor Edition) does not include any form of multiplayer.[1]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
Local play
LAN play
Supported but requires an internet connection for Steam authentication.[5]
Online play

Issues fixed[edit]

Crashes after changing settings in-game[edit]

Change settings from the main menu[citation needed]

Mouse cursor not bound to game window[edit]

CursorLock[citation needed]
  1. Download CursorLock.
  2. Open CursorLockSetup.exe
  3. Shortcut > User mode
  4. Switch to the Hotkeys tab and enable Toggle Lock Hotkey and choose a hotkey
  5. Click Create Shortcut
  6. Activate the shortcut, switch back to TW:R2, and use the lock hotkey to bind the cursor to the game
It is possible for the hotkey to not be recognized by the game, in which case it needs to be activated from the Steam Overlay

Campaign camera no longer controllable[edit]

Campaign camera control fix using EditSF
Campaign camera control fix using EditSF
Mouse and keyboard camera controls no longer function.
  1. Download EditSF
  2. Open affected savegame
  4. Change System.UInt32 from 0 to 1
  5. Save and reload the savegame from Rome 2
Reload unaffected earlier save game[6]

Unable to click any menus[edit]

Disable any AutoHotkey scripts affecting the mouse[citation needed]

Other information[edit]


Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP, Vista
Processor (CPU) 2 GHz Intel Dual Core / 2.6 GHz Intel Single Core
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 35 GB
Video card (GPU) 512 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Shader model 3 support
Other 1024 x 768 screen resolution


  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/214950/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (214950) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.