The game is set in classical antiquity and focuses on portraying each culture of the era as accurately and in-depth as possible. The grand campaign begins in 272BC and lasts for 300 years. The player also has the option to play further, as there are no timed victory conditions in Rome II. Armies and navies have changeable stances on the campaign map. These stances determine many things, among them total movement points per turn or the ability to deploy traps for an ambush.