Empire: Total War advances on March 3

Creative Assembly's 18th-century global domination strategy game deploys exclusively for PCs in two months.

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Between Empire: Total War and its first console real-time strategy game Stormrise, Creative Assembly is in for a busy 2009. In December, the British developer's workload proved to be a bit too ambitious, with Creative Assembly opting to bump Empire a month beyond its projected February ship date to March. Lucky for Total War fans, Creative Assembly is delivering the game sooner in March, rather than later.

Spoiler: The Redcoats lose this one.

Sega announced today that Empire: Total War will arrive exclusively for the PC on March 3 in North America, with a global rollout slated for March 4. The publisher noted that retail and downloaded copies of the game will require activation through Valve's online storefront, Steam. Those who purchase Empire through Steam will be able to preinstall the game 48 hours before its official release.

Along with dating the game, Sega laid out Empire's minimum tech requirements. The game will need at least a 2.4GHz single core processor and a 256MB DirectX 9.0c-compatibile video card. Windows XP users will require at least 1GB of RAM, while Vista owners must have at least 2GBs of RAM. The game will also need at least 15GB of hard-drive space.

Empire modernizes the Total War experience by focusing on the establishment of many European civilizations during the 18th century, touching on such subjects as the industrial revolution, the United States' Revolutionary War, and Asian trade routes. The game features the same style of turn-based global strategy mixed with tactical real-time 3D battles. Notably, however, Empire will introduce the long-requested naval-combat component to the Total War franchise.

Previously, Creative Assembly said that, by popular request, it plans to implement a multiplayer campaign mode in Empire. As it currently stands, the game maker plans to patch the mode in postrelease, with early adopters gaining access to a one-on-one multiplayer campaign mode beta.

For more information, check out GameSpot's previous coverage of Empire: Total War.

Discussion

62 comments
deusman
deusman

If I can play Mass Effect on my PC at the highest performance ratings I think I can handle this

violinisthenry
violinisthenry

my 12 GB of RAM will come in handy (got 3, 4GB DR3 sticks) :)

Anthony9000
Anthony9000

my 6 GB of RAM will come in handy :)

gbrading
gbrading moderator

Excellent news. I'm not surprised it is such a big game. I hope their naval warfare battles are as good as they have looked.

demoman_chaos
demoman_chaos

My PC can play it (very surprising), at least after I get the motherboard problem fixed.

gamevn
gamevn

This is really great, i waited this game for long time

Drewoid13
Drewoid13

I just really hope they've fixed the path finding bugs which plagued M2TW and even Rome to an extent. As well as the archer bug where they shot straight up? (since I'm pretty sure muskets aren't effective when shot vertically.)

Hillsy_
Hillsy_

Yeah, probably delayed because it was unfit to play in its' current state. I know the Total War series is good, but I am tired of this release it early, get the money; and worry about fixing the issues later.. The developers don't care if they release a complete game anymore. They say...We'll get all the gamers to find the bugs.. Yeah, I bought Medieval 2, and the expansion... and then there was another patch for the expansion.

Spartan809
Spartan809

@Hillsy_ Don't be so negative! That was true with Medieval 2, but come on... They delayed it TWICE this time! I'm really expecting NO EXTREME BUGS to be shipped at first release. In fact I expect the game to be released with just a few bugs. That's how optimistic I feel about this game.

Hillsy_
Hillsy_

Yeah great, probably ship with countless bugs and need a 500mb patch.. Maybe I'll grab it in about 6 months time, or a year.

sentencer
sentencer

This game is going to be so awesome. I just upgraded my rig so I can play it with out any problems.

Hoplite32
Hoplite32

damn, this game would laugh at my computer's rig, and that's bad...

TehUndeadHorror
TehUndeadHorror

"The game will also need at least 15GB of hard-drive space." Wow that's big. It's awesome that hard drives cost so little now though!

Tar-Eldamir
Tar-Eldamir

"Any news about if there will me a campaign multiplayer?" Yes, they are making it.

kennylacayo
kennylacayo

o hope my lousy pc can handle it i cant wait for this game

srbbnd
srbbnd

Any news about if there will me a campaign multiplayer?

AlfaWisky3
AlfaWisky3

i have the ram and hd and graphics but proccesor is 2.1GHz i hope it will work should do

yatatabien
yatatabien

Sounds nice except the GBs needed for the HD

darkheath
darkheath

Ouch... I have PLENTY of HD space for this... but a 2.2GHz processor and exactly 2GBs of RAM. :-( Mine will struggle with this one.

Natuo
Natuo

15GB... I'm going to clear out some games for that :)

AlfaWisky3
AlfaWisky3

actually its 35 days not two months

Pickles23
Pickles23

I can't wait for this new Total War, Ever Since Rome Total War I've loved these games they have such a great amount of scale and there is so much you can do, its gonna be a great game. Tho i wish they coulda made a new Shogun Total War

Remcobrandsma
Remcobrandsma

Damn, got to get myself a new pc. Well it about time :P

jojoplay8
jojoplay8

OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG , it is still 2 months, I CAN"T WAIT EPIC

theoneraul
theoneraul

this game is going to be epic, best game of the year for shore!

Dennisch
Dennisch

Medieval 2 + Kingdoms is also 15GB on harddisk space. And GTA4 is also 15GB+. It can be expected that amount of harddisk space required. And with these systeem spec's it wil work here!!

arun_pullat
arun_pullat

Actually, high hard disk space usage means a lot of graphical resources - images being the simplest example. ETW is likely to have a huge campaign map, with each battlefield requiring its own resources. Hence the large hard disk space. I was anticipating this. I have 30 GB kept free in a partition purely for this game.

arun_pullat
arun_pullat

Medieval 2 with Kingdoms took close to 15... it's the other specs that delighted me. It'll work on my system!

gameking5000
gameking5000

15 GB!!! Woah! That is enormous amount of disk space for a game without any patches installed. That's.... Out of this world. I hope the theory that "the more space taken on the computer, the better the game is" works.

daabulls23
daabulls23

Can't friggin wait. 15 GB is not THAT bad, however downloading it from Steam would take forever.

deusman
deusman

AAAAAAARGH why cant these damn developers stick to their release dates?!

arijit_2404
arijit_2404

15GB ??? doh! I need to buy a new hard disk.

tiki_rebb
tiki_rebb

It's interesting to see a third-party developer require Steam activation of retail box copies. Seems like a decent enough alternative to SecuRom.

SWfreak16
SWfreak16

I can't wait!!! But 15GB's hard-drive space? Wow, I've never seen a game that high, but I still can't wait for this game.

SWfreak16
SWfreak16

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vertigopm
vertigopm

lol spoiler "red coats are going to lose this one"

JonhMan
JonhMan

This is going to be EPIC!

lathan94
lathan94

This game is going to be amazing i cant wait to play the campaign with other people.

mo0ksi
mo0ksi

I'm not looking forward to many games this year. Empire, however, will have my full attention when it's released.

jrabbit99
jrabbit99

I can't wait for it to come out

HOMIE_G64
HOMIE_G64

Probably going to get this. Either this or DoW2. The multiplayer campaign definitely sounds pretty cool.

p8riot08
p8riot08

This looks absolutely amazing!