Sega has revealed the ninth playable faction for Total War Rome 2 to be Pontus.
It was confirmed via the Total War Wiki that the Pontic faction would be joining the Roman, Carthage, Macedon, Iceni, Arverni, Suebi, Parthia and Egypt factions.
Here is a small excerpt from the Wiki;
“Their bronze-shield pikemen represent a formidable military backbone, and their swift, deadly scythed chariots are rightly feared….
A progressive kingdom, Pontus enjoys healthy diplomatic dialogue with Greek states and successor kingdoms, and is noted for its resolution in battle, particularly against barbarian forces. However, the forsaking of its Persian origins means that eastern cultural influences within its provinces yield diminished public order benefits.”
Sega has said that Pontus will be available as a free day one DLC update for Total War: Rome 2, and has also promised a release date soon.