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Hegemony Rome: The Rise of Caesar takes you to the plains and forests of ancient Gaul where Julius Caesar wages a decade long war to subjugate the barbarian hordes. Hegemony Rome will immerse you in the history like no other real time strategy game ever before, forcing you to pay close attention to the changing seasons and rapidly...
Release Date: Feb 12, 2014
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Early Access gives you the opportunity to support us during the development process of Hegemony Rome: The Rise of Caesar. We are a small developer with a passion for quality games and Early Access allows us to use your feedback in order to make sure we deliver the best possible experience.

The game is already in an advanced state of completion. The Early Access beta version includes approximately 12 hours of gameplay and most of the main game features, as well as the first two chapters of the campaign are already playable.

If you are looking to play a polished and finished game, we advise you NOT to purchase this Early Access version.

However, if you would love to dig a little deeper into the world of game development and design, you can have immediate access to the beta version of the game at a discounted price and actively help us with your participation, comments and constructive criticism to create a great strategy game.

Please note that Hegemony Rome: The Rise of Caesar is not fully polished and some features are yet to be added. This includes:

*Sandbox Mode is not yet complete
*Game Mechanics require balancing
*We need to localise the game in more languages
*The graphics are still in need of enhancement
*General bug fixing and QA stages that are vital to getting you the polished title at release

Of course, the full game will be unlocked upon release without any additional charge!

Thank you for your support!

About us

Longbow Games is a small independent development studio established in 1998 and located in Toronto, Canada. We are a small team of half a dozen passionate developers working hard on our dream to make great strategy games that combine complexity, fun and historical accuracy. Teaming up with Kasedo Games as a "digital-first" publisher and going into Early Access on Steam gives us the opportunity to interact with an active community to achieve our vision of a great strategy experience.”
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Hegemony Rome: The Rise of Caesar – Changelog Update v30354 – 04/11/2014

April 11th, 2014

And here's another update which brings you the final chapter of the campaign: "Men Believe What They Wish" and tells you the story of the rebellion of Vercingetorix. Also, we significantly re-balanced the siege mechanics as well as many more bug fixes and gameplay improvements. Here's the changelog:

- Significant re-balancing of siege mechanics (Siege AI still WIP)
- Chapter 4 enabled (Still WIP, most rewards are missing)
- Fixed a lot of group formation bugs (auto-grouping to come later)
- Misc bug fixes and improvements

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Hegemony Rome: The Rise of Caesar – Changelog Update v30271 – 04/04/2014

April 4th, 2014

Another week, another update - and with this update you get a first look at the game's sandbox mode, but please keep in mind that this particular feature is still a work in progress! Additionally, the update provides lots of improvements, especially for chapter 3. And here's the according changelog:

- The Belgica mini-sandbox has been enabled (first glimpse at sandbox mode; still a WIP)
- All chapter 3 rewards have been implemented
- Added new optional objectives in chapter 3 after returning from Britannia
- Combat charging bonuses have been reworked
- Combat XP is now based on the size of the enemy at the start of the battle
- Walled cities will still fire at nearby enemies even when they are out of food
- Cities now get a morale debuff when out of food
- Fixed some boundary issues with the Battle of the Sabis in Chapter 2
- General bug fixes and improvements

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“‘…an interesting twist on the wargame framework with a rarely covered setting’”
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“‘… it’ll offer a surprising amount of tactical depth’”

“‘…a fresh experience that will appeal to any strategy fan. Can you tell I am excited about this game yet?’”
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Early Access Version


About the Game

Hegemony Rome: The Rise of Caesar takes you to the plains and forests of ancient Gaul where Julius Caesar wages a decade long war to subjugate the barbarian hordes.

Hegemony Rome will immerse you in the history like no other real time strategy game ever before, forcing you to pay close attention to the changing seasons and rapidly changing military situation. Unfolding across an epic satellite-accurate map stretching from the Mediterranean coast to the British Isles, the game utilizes the Hegemony series' trademark zoom to seamlessly take you from a grand strategic view of your empire right down to the battlefield at any time.

Hegemony Rome: The Rise of Caesar brings the past to life as you manage your armies and manipulate your enemies in a beautifully drawn simulation of 1st century BC warfare. Bring all of Gaul under the rule of the Senate and People of Rome. Or, unite the Gallic tribes in the expanded sandbox mode and end the threat of Roman rule forever.

    Direct from the hand of Caesar – All chapters of the campaign are available: “Migrants and Conquerors”, “The Bravest of These”, “An Island Unto Himself” and “Men Believe What They Wish”; these follow the conquests of Julius Caesar in Gaul as he wrote them in Commentarii de Bello Gallico.
    All new map – Explore over one million square kilometers that are seamlessly zoomable, from the Mediterranean coast to the shores of Britannia.
    Improved graphics engine – Hegemony Rome supports 10x the terrain detail over previous installments and features a diverse and immersive landscape to explore.
    Build an empire – The construction system allows players to build forts, walls, and bridges at thousands of sites across the map to cement Roman control over the barbarian kingdoms.
    Promote your legions – Players can train officers to augment their unit’s skills as well as appoint governors and construct buildings to expand and improve their cities.
    Starve your enemies – Supply camps and logistics system makes sieges and supply lines more intuitive and more important than ever.

There will be regular, constant beta updates delivering, step by step, the following features:

    Sandbox mode – choose from 20 different factions.
    Many more mission objectives
    New languages and voice recordings (e.g. French, Italian, Russian, etc.)
    Improved gameplay
    Enhanced graphics
    AI balancing
    General polishing

Beside the above, we are hoping to get more input and proposals for improvements and new features from the Early Access community. While we cannot guarantee to consider and implement every proposal due to time, game design and budget, we are promising that we will consider all ideas very carefully!

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP / Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 8
    • Processor: 2 GHz Intel Dual Core processor
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB DirectX 9.0c compatible card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c-compatible sound card
Helpful customer reviews
169 of 185 people (91%) found this review helpful
278 products in account
4 reviews
22.6 hrs on record
blxz covered it pretty well. A great strategy game that should have appeal to all levels of RTS players.

I'd just add one thing though, Longbow's track record. This alone should be an important factor in your purchasing decision.

Both Hegemony PoM and Hegemony Gold were supported and improved upon for many years following release, I have no doubt that Rome will see the same due care and attention. One of a small list of developers that do not send their games out in the wild and forget they exist beyond first week sales.

Combine that with modding support built in from the go and we have here a game with potential to provide hundreds of hours of entertainment value for years to come.

If Total War: Rome 2 left a sour taste, this will go a long way towards scratching the Roman itch.
Posted: January 31st, 2014
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106 of 124 people (85%) found this review helpful
162 products in account
1 review
4.5 hrs on record
A fantastic game with oodles of potential so far in the beta phase. Given time to release more sandbox modes, complete the campaign and iron out any bugs this game has real potential to be one that will draw you back time and time again.

Given the track record of the Longbow team I look forward to them delivering fully on all their promises and perhaps even throwing a few surprises in there for good measure. A must buy for those looking to expand beyond the more generic Rome Strategy games out there.
Posted: January 31st, 2014
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74 of 87 people (85%) found this review helpful
76 products in account
3 reviews
15.4 hrs on record
Hegemony Rise of Caesar supplies unique and innovative strategic and tactical gameplay with deep historical background. It's lots and lots of fun and really addictive and super intelligent. Oh, and the game is beautiful like Venus herself, with its seamlessly zoomable map where you'll zoom right in to see the faces of your single soldiers from a grand map covering all of Roman Gaul.

You'll be arranging massive armies of legions, cavalry, skirmishers; assigning officers and promotions to your best units, upgrading your cities and building camps and even bridges out in the wild. Cut off those enemy supply lines and then go in for the kill! Some of the major battles get really intense with flanking movements and tactical archer support. Logistics is important. You need to do serious considerations as to how to supply your troops in the field.

Epic, just like the book it's based upon, Caesar's De Bello Gallico! All bow to the True Caesar.
Posted: February 5th, 2014
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88 of 113 people (78%) found this review helpful
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7 reviews
0.6 hrs on record
If you have been disappointed by Rome II and its complete lack of challenge and how repetitive the game play is...well my dear fellow history nerd, search no more.

Even at its early development stage Hegemony Rome: the rise of Caesar already shows veeeeeeeeeeeeery promissing features. This is a game that really satisfies the tactical,strategic and operational side of any strategy player.

The graphs are better than before and there is even a variety of faces amongst soldiers.

Thre are tons of civil nad military buildings that can be built and/or destroyd according to you strategy (i.e. bridges,forts)

There is a huge variety of units and each one of them has its pros and cons

The terrain is much more detailed and plays a much more importante role, you have to build bridges to cross certain rivers and certain mountain pass only allow for one of your units to fight at a time.

The interface needs a little work but its already 10x than the previous installment, requiring less clicks while not being dumbed down.

I am also very happy to see that the developers really care about the community and it is open for suggestions, unlike the other guys(CA,SEGA). There is a MODS tab which suggests taht the game will be moddable, which needless to say, is an awesome feature.

In summary, do yourself a favor and buy this game.
Posted: February 12th, 2014
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62 of 74 people (84%) found this review helpful
109 products in account
1 review
63.7 hrs on record
As a Beta tester, this game is just as awesome as the original Hegemony. I can't wait to play the full version! The new wood resource is awesome, allowing you to fortify camps, bridges and build great buildings. I LOVE this game.
Posted: February 10th, 2014
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