Developers of Total War: Rome 2 have announced that their game will require Steam in order to run. This decision was taken to counter possible piracy issues.
Speaking with Eurogamer, lead designer James Russell mentioned that at one point they were thinking of going for an always-online policy. However, the decision was averted because they want the game to be more accessible to players. He did add though, that it’s possible they consider it in the future.
It’s always upsetting to see your game being pirated. Certainly we do suffer from that. We’ve got a lot of players who haven’t necessarily activated. But at the same time it’s arguable how much that harms sales. We don’t like our game being pirated and so we take steps to try and stop that happening.
We wouldn’t want to take draconian steps to alienate our core player-base that are buying the game.
Total War: Rome 2 is all set for release in 2013 for the PC. The game has gone through a tremendous change following its predecessor titles. With amazing in-game environments, eye-candy and new mechanics the game will for sure interest any strategy loving gamer.