In an interview with Eurogamer, Creative Assembly’s lead designer James Russell has confirmed that Total War: Rome 2 will use Steam but will not be required to be always online. “It’s always upsetting to see your game being pirated,” Russell said.
“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.”
At the same time, though, this confirmation was established after Creative Assembly refused to rule out taking the plunge into always-on DRM. “I wouldn’t comment on ever, but it’s certainly not something we’re planning to do for Rome 2,” Russell said, leaving the possibility open for the future.