With the content locked down for upcoming Total War: Rome II
from Creative Assembly
, the developers have announced that the ninth playable faction of Pontus will be be released at launch for free. The latest episode of Rally Point discusses the Pontus faction in detail.
Hailing from the mountainous lands around the Black Sea, The Kingdom of Pontus is distinctly eastern in outlook and attitude. 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.
Additional information regarding all of the game's playable factions can be found on the official Total War Wiki