After what must have been a couple of weeks by now, Patch 3 has left its pubic Beta phase and has been officially released to the wider public. The third patch for
Total War: Rome II fixes a number of issues and adjusts several gameplay mechanics. For example: here. As for news on the upcoming Patch 4, Creative Assembly representative "CraigTW" had the following to say:
"When the player is attacked while occupying a minor settlement (though not a provincial capital), a new Sally Forth button is available on the pre-battle panel, which enables the player's army to fight the attackers in an open field battle without victory points."A change log for Patch 3 can be found
"Patch 4 enters public beta soon, with further technical optimisations and improvements to gameplay, balance and usability to come."
[This message has been edited by Scipii (edited 10-01-2013 @ 11:09 AM).]