Empire: Total War on Warpath in Oct.

Steam-exclusive add-on campaign introduces five Native American nations, new single-player mode, units, technologies.

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Sega and The Creative Assembly may have announced Napoleon: Total War as part of GamesCom 2009, but the duo isn't quite done skirmishing in this year's Empire: Total War. This week, Sega announced Empire: Total War - The Warpath Campaign will be available exclusively through Valve's online platform Steam in October for $9.99.

No word on whether the scalping technology will be included in Warpath.

As its title indicates, The Warpath Campaign introduces into Total War's hallmark action-strategy gameplay five new Native American factions: the Iroquois, the Huron, the Plains, the Pueblo, and the Cherokee. The new nations will receive their own North America-centric single-player campaigns set in new locations and an alternate start date from Empire: Total War proper. Gamers can also play as chieftain of one of the tribes in online multiplayer matches.

The Warpath Campaign will also introduce a variety of new units and technologies. Elite units coming with the expansion include the Mohawk Elite Warriors, Cheyenne Dog Soldiers, and Navajo Scout Warriors. Two new agent classes, the shaman and the scout, will offer new infiltration and sabotage capabilities. The expansion pack also features 18 tribal technologies, ranging from spirit medicine to the call of the wild to dream walking.

For more information, check out GameSpot's full review of Empire: Total War.

Discussion

52 comments
Destroy3r3
Destroy3r3

I would really like to play as an Indian tribe in the game, however I don't have a credit card to buy the DLC through Steam.

swmackin
swmackin

@ auron11022 You do not need to be connected online to play, only to install. Was still a pain for me though. I travel for work and play on my laptop. The internet connections I get on the road are often inconsistant and slow. I had to fight with it for two days before it was finally installed.

swmackin
swmackin

Could have included the Algonquin, Micmac and Ojibwe too.

swmackin
swmackin

Anyone know if there will be something with the American Civil War. I was a big fan of Civil War Generals 2 and Gettysburg back in the 90s. Not easy to make a game around but could be fun if done right. Any thoughts on what the next total war franchise could be? I know it is early. Hoping it could be "Bronze Age" total war taking place in the fertile crescent in the second millenium BC. Include the ancient Egyptions, Akkadians, Hitittes, Nubians, etc. Or maybe "China" total war from the time before China was unified. Toss in the Mongols and you have a good game.

mpohagan
mpohagan

Phew! I take it all back.

Brendissimo35
Brendissimo35

You realize napoleon total war is coming out soon mpohagan?

mpohagan
mpohagan

A Native American expansion, expanding on the part of the original game that worked the least. People have been clamouring for a Napoleonics Total War game for years, and with the release of Empire we could be hopeful that Napoleonics might be the logical expansion. Evidently not. I guess an American-centric game makes them more money, even though in comparison a Napoleonics game has far more scope to be epic, interesting, and memorable from a gameplay perspective.

HuSSaR83
HuSSaR83

Those poor Indians better have long bows or fast cavalry cuz as soon they get in distance of my volleys they gonna be leveled with ground lol

dannis27
dannis27

cool........5 new native american nations already in the original game! :rolleyes:

ColonelX24
ColonelX24

Ooh I love playing as Native Americans! In Medieval Total War: Kingdoms I sacrificed my enemy to uh... I think I need to retake a World Civilization class. lol.

lukef_brasil
lukef_brasil

I agree with you ZedX-14Pilot, everyone was talking about those bugs, but i didint saw any of them with 4 months of playing. only one time in the episode 3 o RTI the game bugged, but i restarted the map and worked just fine. i complain too about the online campaign that they dont release, but i like expansions too, but native americans?!! aw come on! at that time they were very unimportant, there are so many events we could talk! but no, native north americans... dam, but anyway, for 10 bucks its still worth i think

NeroRathe
NeroRathe

It is kind of disapointing that they are going to release an expansion before they get the online mulitplayer campaign working. You know, the feature they made a big deal about several months before release, delayed the game a month for, and then said they'd have it active shortly after release. Game is great fun, but I was definitely lookin' forward to that feature.

Thrashalla
Thrashalla

Once they patch this game up properly and seriously address the performance issues, I'll give it a shot. I played the demo and liked the mechanics well enough...but as a longtime TW fan, I'm hoping we get a sequel to ROME. That hope is completely unfounded, but still...

ZedX-14Pilot
ZedX-14Pilot

I don't know why so many people complain about performance issues on their rigs, or bugs, as I am running GREAT on a 9800 with an athlon 64 bit X2 and 4 gigs of ram?I think most people complaining about this game are doing so because they can't play a pirated version. Maybe... Either way, I do like this game. I only wish I had started playing these sorts of games a long time ago as I am behind the curve due to lack of experience. Speking of wich, I better go practice!

Epsilon47
Epsilon47

I like total war, and this expansion seems interesting. Whether it sucks or not, $10 is a fair price.

Master_St3ve
Master_St3ve

DLC doesn't work with PC gamers. We'll see how this goes. At least they're charging a price for it and not some BS point system that rips you off.

Knight95007
Knight95007

I was waiting soo long for Empire Total War and was so disappointed when I got around to actually playing the game which had too many bugs in it. It surprised me that they even released the game. And when they did they released it on STEAM!!!

Schmidt1942
Schmidt1942

I wish they would focus on the promised multiplayer campaign and not on new expansions/games for right now. They should what they said first...

auron11022
auron11022

My friend has this game and I've played it, but I refuse to buy a game that requires me to connect to the internet to play by myself for no reason. It is a shame they involved steam in this because they lost some customers from it.

romavictor
romavictor

the game has soooooooo many flaws its actually unbarable to try and play. And its pretty hard to install the user mods that try (bless thier hearts) to fix this broken game. I wont be getting this until i hear the all clear that Sega and CA fix thier crap.

DJCartmell
DJCartmell

How I wish they could make a console version I havn't the money or time to invest the upgrades on my PC to support such a great game!

JimBob2424
JimBob2424

@ Gravitational24 - I completely forgot about Stormrise. You've crushed my optimism, lol. Kudos to you

bignick217
bignick217

Do I like Empire Total War... Yes... Do I like the expansions... Yes... Am I going to buy this one... No!.. Why?... Is it because it's a bad idea?... No... I was actually hoping the would release a native american expansions... Even a Civil War expansion would be cool. So Why? It's because I feel like I've been lied to. Ooh... Buy the extra units pack... Ooh... Buy the Native American expansion... Yay.. But let me ask this... WHERE IS THE ONLINE CAMPAIGN MODE EXPANSION WE WERE PROMISED FOR "FREE" SINCE THIS GAME WAS ORIGINALLY RELEASED? Does that sound annoyed enough or not?... Maybe Creative should concentrate on keeping their original promises before making new promises.

Hellequin85
Hellequin85

Why release an expansion for a game that clearly needs to be de-bugged a lot... oh wait... money.... lol

Vasot
Vasot

I am only interested about the Napoleon War. American tribes are very boring and the American history of that timeline is not interesting... ----- PS: I HATE STEAM !!

Fandangle
Fandangle

Maybe its the period or just the problems that the game has but I can't get into the game and I won't be getting the D/L or expansion

vicsrealms
vicsrealms

Is it going to fix all the already horrible problems the game currently has? If not, I'm avoiding it.

Shano209
Shano209

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Gamesterpheonix
Gamesterpheonix

1.4 installed - I think - and Im still getting disgusting performance. Ive got a GTX 260, Q6600, 4GB of Ram, Win 7 64 bit, and settings on High to Medium with HDR on...is that too much to ask? Really? I can run everything else Ive got at max...wtf is going on CA? Am I doing something wrong? PM me if someone else...can help.

b_ux
b_ux

Fix the original game first.

usadefcon1
usadefcon1

No offense to CA, but they really need to update the interface.

Joesocwork
Joesocwork

I'm glad to see that the North American continent is potentially going to get more use. I hope it revives melee, which I think was weak in this game of the TW franchise. The best thing I liked about this Empire:TW that really surprised me was its introduction of Steam. I thought Steam was going to be another sneaky DRM, but it defied the stereotype and has provided a good support to buy and play games.

Pyccak_Kozak
Pyccak_Kozak

I want to play the great Russians and invade the American continent through the Pacific.

Gravitational24
Gravitational24

So you have wanted to play stormrise jimbob??? Thats made by creative assemble and is a useless game

whiteagle18
whiteagle18

I want to play as the great Polish, not some North-American Savage.

JimBob2424
JimBob2424

Melee fighting in Empire Total War is a bit blah as is. Introducing an expansion that'll put a lot of focus on that might not turn out so well in my opinion. But saying that, I'll certainly still be buying it and giving it a try - Creative Assembly haven't yet made a game I didn't want to play so I'm willing to give it a chance.

lukef_brasil
lukef_brasil

It's dissapointing to see that an south america theatre is not included, i hate those indians. i hope they do another campaign aiming for the independence of the rest other american states

GrimGravy
GrimGravy

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HuSSaR83
HuSSaR83

Scalping technology LOL I'll be getting this to come back to this game after conquering all continents as Poland on hardest mode :D They should improve AI cuz it blows

gameking5000
gameking5000

@Trooperdx3117 I know it's hard but like everything, you will get used to it. If you cant bear to look at it then quickly go to the multiplayer function if your playing multiplayer or the continue campaign

sportwarrior
sportwarrior

This seems like an excellent deal, actually... $10 for 5 new factions, new units, new tech, and a new campaign? I haven't played Empire in months but I may have to pick this up anyway.

Trooperdx3117
Trooperdx3117

I don't mind so much about this but im really pissed off by the new start screen for Empire total war which seems to have been designed entirely to advertise Warpath and almost ruins the atmosphere of the game

Helloiseeu
Helloiseeu

Only 10 bucks? I'm hella buying this!

Zloth2
Zloth2

Actually SHARPSHOOTER25, a patch just came out. Maybe they did? Fourth time's a charm?

coruscant
coruscant

If the updated map worked with the main campaign also I might get it, but otherwise I'm not really interested/

SHARPSHOOTER25
SHARPSHOOTER25

They should probably fix ETW and release mod tools first...