The Roman Republic
The Romans will control most of Central Italy, have a strong unit selection and have four sets of family trees. They will be replacing "The House Of Julii", from vanilla. There are not many new aspects to the Romans. They lose a lot of not needed units and only gain a few new ones. In 2.0 look for the Roman faction to contain legions.
The Republic of Carthage
The Republic of Carthage looks to be more powerful in HRTW compared to vanilla. They will own many new regions, and have a better unit selection. So far, they have some archer units and some spearmen that we have added. They lose their Sacred Band as they were never used after sometime in the 300's B.C.
The Kingdom of Macedon
Macedon also will not be an easy push over. They will have a strong position in Greece. We are more than likely going to change it's faction symbol to the proper one, it just has not happened yet.
The Seleucid Empire
The Seleucid Empire will be given many more regions to help them not get dominated so easily in the game. They will also recieve a few eastern units to reflect the fact that they were not just a Greek faction.
The Ptolemaic Empire
The former Egypt, has experienced an overhaul. They will now be very similar to Macedon and the Seleucids. Expect the Ptolemies to have a mix between Greek and Native Egyptian units. Also their culture is now hellenic instead of Egyptian. Their territories will also be extensive, but they will not easily dominate the middle east anymore.
The Kingdom of Pontus
Not too many changes will be made for Pontus, just some adjustments to their starting positions. We may add a few stronger units that way they do not have such a weak army.
The Kingdom of Armenia
Same as Pontus in regards to changes. They will lose Cataphract archers due to them being historically irrelevant.
The Kingdom of Atropatene
Formerly Parthia, we decided to change them to Atropatene. There are three reasons why:
1. In 1.0 we are keeping the vanilla map so Parthia's homelands are not in view
2. Parthia was not around in 280 B.C. (didn't appear until 247 B.C.)
3. They control Atropatenes region
So essentially they will be the same but Atropatene will get some Greek units, since they were a Hellenic Kingdom
The Kingdom of Thrace
Thrace will experience a mini overhaul. At the beginning we were going to make them into a barbarian faction, but chose to keep them hellenic due to the fact that historically The Lysimachean Kingdom had been around. So, Thrace has many hellenic units as well as a very good selection of barbarian units.
The Nabataean Kingdom
Here we have totally changed the Brutii into an eastern faction. They will own the southeast corner of the map, and serve as an extra contender to the Ptolemies and Seleucids. They will have a unit roster comprised of many eastern and desert units, and they should be a fun challenge!
The Bosporan Kingdom
We have totally transformed the Senate faction as well. They will now be the Hellenic Bosporan Kingdom in the modern day Crimea. They will have a very unique roster of Hellenic and Scytho-Sarmatian units! We also will touch up the symbol to accurately reflect it's faction colors.
The Greek City-States
The Greek Cities will occupy many of the same territories as they did in vanilla. Right now there will not be too much work done to them.
The Scipii are replaced by the Illyrians. This faction will be tough to plas, as they will face many enemies. They have a strong unit roster comprised of many barbaric and greek units. They will be a barbaric faction.
The Gauls will not be changed much as well. They will have some new units, and they will also be tougher to beat. The Gauls will more than likely be more powerful.
The Germans will gain some territories and lose some units, other than that not much has changed. They should be able to put up a better fight against the Britons.
Another faction that will have little work on. They will have a few more units and maybe a new city or two.
The Sarmatians will be very similar as in vanilla. They will gain some more infanty units and lose their women units. Their main enemy will be the Bosporan Kingdom.
The Iberians will gain some new units, and some new territories. They will have a more unique unit roster, and should pose as a great threat to Carthage. They will lose Bull Warriors.
The Britons will not be as strong as they are in vanilla. They will be given some cavalry, and a good standing in Briton.
The Numidians will get a new unit or two and have a different starting position. They will have more cities to generate income. They will be a very tough faction to play as.
The Rebels will be more numerous and more prone to attack. They will also represent all of the minor kingdoms and tribes of that time period. The Rebels will have better unit selection to give tougher battles. They will not be push-overs.