Total War: Rome 2 will launch with nine playable factions thanks to the addition of Pontus as day one DLC, SEGA has announced.

Although the shipping disc features only eight factions, Creative Assembly found some time to knock out a ninth faction which will be offered free of charge from the off.

"Hailing from the mountainous lands around the Black Sea, The Kingdom of Pontus is distinctly eastern in outlook and attitude," explains the official blurb. "Resolute in battle and feared for its swift, deadly scythed chariots, Pontus stands poised to sweep South into the Arabian Lands, or West, to threaten Asia and Greece."

A release date for Total War: Rome 2 will be revealed soon.

Source: Press release