News Archives - December 2008

Empire: Total War Heaven goes live

by | 12/30/2008 20:08 PM

It's been a long road to get here but I'm very pleased to be able to welcome you to the newest site on the Heavengames network. Empire: Total War is the latest title from Creative Assembly, who previously brought us Shogun: Total War, Medieval: Total War, Rome: Total War and Medieval 2: Total war. The game centres on the age of enlightenment and colonisation and is a major departure from previous Total War games.

Obviously, the game isn't out yet but minute it is, we will be updating the site with the best content we can deliver. In the meantime, browse the site and forums and enjoy yourselves.

Two new ETW previews

by | 12/30/2008 4:29 AM

That's right, there's not one, but two new previews for Empire: Total War, each one giving us some new information on the game we're all awaiting so eagerly.

First is a preview on CVG, which you can read here. Apart from the usual stuff about how the AI has improved and what kind of ammunition can be sued by ships there's the confirmation that there will be horse-drawn artillery to run across the field and hopefully be in time to save the day. Many thanks to Zen for the heads up on this one. Discuss the article in this thread.

The second preview was released in a Belgian gaming magazine. Sir Savage has provided us with a summary of the new information found inside. There's a good deal of new information. I won't give it all away here, but apparently it will be possible to trade technologies with other factions and there will be three different types of ports, each with it's own distinct features. Find out what else if new and discuss it in this thread.

Combined Ladder Party Monday 29th December 2008

by | 12/27/2008 15:06 PM

Hi All. Since it's Christmas time and we're off school and work, it's a good time to get online and play some games. These will all be ladder games so it's a good chance to get some games in and improve your ranking before the season ends.

We're going to hold separate parties for both RTW & M2TW on the same day to allow folks to attend both parties. Be aware that because it's a ladder party, all games will be two player and players should be signed up to the ladder beforehand.

Be sure to visit the thread on our forums to find out the times and let us know if you'll be there.

Promotions all round (and a happy Christmas to you all from TWH)

by | 12/25/2008 7:08 AM

As the more observant of you on our forums may have noticed, there are a few more coloured names on our forum this morning, a nice Christmas present if you will.

Firstly, congratulations to Hussarknight who has been promoted to angel status for his sterling work on the RTW side of TWH. He's an able modder and has been of great assistance to people looking to start modding both with his modding tutorials and his practical help for people starting out who need help. He has also been methodically filling in gaps in our RTW strategy guides. As well as all that, Hussarknight has been very active in our ETW forum and also with helping us to prepare the upcoming Empire: Total War Heaven.

We also have two new cherubs.
Terikel is joining us to help out with RTW coverage and will be working with Hussarknight to ensure that our RTW coverage is as good as it can possibly be. Terikel will also be looking after the War Stories forum.

Andalus will be helping out with our modification forums. He'll be quite familiar with them as he is the creator of the excellent Additional Unit Pack. Andalus will also be looking after our downloads section.

Be sure to offer them your congratulations in the congrats thread on our forums.

Happy Christmas to all at HG from the staff at Total War Heaven. Roll on Empire: Total War.

Chronicles of Arcus: Music For Total War Mods

by | 12/24/2008 16:26 PM

Are you looking for epic music for your mod? Or perhaps you just want something suitable to listen to while you are slaughtering countless enemies in your favourite game or modification? Either way you owe it to yourself to download the "Chronicles of Arcus: Legend of Antaphar" soundtrack composed by Jones King. This is the second instalment in what is intended to be a trilogy musically exploring the fictional World of Arcus and its history. The tracks are powerful and emotive, some with a distinctly heroic quality, while others radiate a delightfully ominous atmosphere.

'Chronicles of Arcus: Legend of Antaphar' consists of ten tracks, and all save one are compressed as 320kbps MP3 files. The soundtrack is free to use for all modders who need music for their modifications, with the conditions that the artist is properly credited and that it is used for non-commercial purposes. It is, in his words, "dedicated to the modders and developers throughout the modding communities around the internet."


  • Antaphars Prediction (Prologue)
  • Halls of Ulcring
  • The Dom-hai
  • Antaphar
  • Saerasus
  • Saerasus (alternate version)
  • The Silver Tower
  • Anaamar Ritual
  • Sons of Enphar (Listen to it here)
  • Golcan Pass (Sons of Enphar 2nd part)

For more information, visit the thread on our forums. Thanks to apocalypsis for the heads up.

New ETW video G4TV

by | 12/23/2008 3:44 AM

G4TV has posted a new video about Empire: Total War on their website. In it Kieran Brigden, The Creative Assembly's communication manager, tells us more about ETW. According to what he says there will be 25 different types of ships, 325 different types of units and, above all, pirates!

But don't take my word for it, go and watch the video and join in on the discussions in this thread. Thanks to Smileyman007 for the heads-up.

New ETW preview on IGN

by | 12/20/2008 3:08 AM

The list of previews and hands-on reports covering Empire: Total War continues to expand as IGN has released a new preview/hands-on report on ETW. It tells us more about land battles, naval battles and agents and their uses. There's a lot of intersting information in the article, so go read it here and discuss it in this thread on our forums. Many thanks to Legion Of Hell for the heads-up.

New Empire: Total War faction feature

by | 12/19/2008 8:40 AM

Yes, you read it correctly: a new faction feature! This time it tells us more about Spain, a country with large colonies but a backward economy and a feeble-minded king. They have lost some of their greatness, so it is up to you to lead them back to the top.

The full faction feature can, as always, be found here on the official Empire: Total War site. Feel free to drop your thoughts in this thread.

ETW Hands-on and Video on Gamespot

by | 12/18/2008 3:35 AM

That's right: Gamespot has posted a new Empire: Total War Hands-on report and a new video. The hands-on report tells us more about naval battles, land battles and ETW's new episodic campaign: The Road To Independece. The newly released video also details the episodic campaign with some new in-game footage.

Don't wait, go here to read the hands-on report, watch the video here and discuss the both in this thread on our forums. Many thanks to sskrypteia for the heads-up.

Celtic Hordes Mod

by | 12/17/2008 9:56 AM

Son_of_the_King took a break from his Britannia BC mod to make a small mod that allows the Celts to form a horde in the BI campaign. It also adds a new province, in the area which is now known as Wales. You can find out more in the thread on our forums. We also have a gallery, where you can see screenshots here.

New ETW ship preview

by | 12/15/2008 11:35 AM

A new 3D unit profile for Empire: Total War has been released on the official site. It features the Razee, which is "a robust frigate, created by cutting the top deck off a larger ship of the line".

Go read and see the new preview here and discuss it in our forums here. Many thanks to Ibuprofen Redux for the heads up.

New modding article: Editing Victory Conditions

by | 12/13/2008 7:18 AM

After a hiatus there is a new modding article in our Modding Tutorials section. No longer will all factions be forced to capture 50 provinces including Rome as this article, written by myself, explains us how to edit the victory conditions for all factions in Rome: Total War.

Wait no longer, go here to find out more. Or go to our Modding Tutorials page where you will find this latest article among the many others we already have there. Leave any comments or other feedback in this thread.

ETW: Delay and Multiplayer Campaign

by | 12/12/2008 12:33 PM

Empire: Total War's release date has been moved to March 2009. This has been confirmed on the official site after it was earlier reported by gaming sites.

Good news according to some, bad new according to others, but there also is some news that almost everyone will like. The releasedate-announcement also indicates will be a multiplayer campaign in ETW! See this thread for more details.

Don't forget to join in the discussions on our forums.

New ETW video on Eurogamer

by | 12/11/2008 6:51 AM

Eurogamer has posted a new Empire: Total War video on their site. There is some new information in it in the form of small interviews with several people who are involved in the development, as well as new in-game footage of both the campaign and battle map. There's quite a bit of elephant footage as well as a quick glance at the technology tree and window showing what looks like info on the current government of your country.

Discuss the video in this thread.

New overview page for Additional Units Pack in the mod portal

by | 12/10/2008 16:24 PM

The Additional Units Pack (AUP) mod is a very promising modification for RTW. Andalus has been hard at work creating units for our playing pleasure and the quality of his mod earned him a dedicated forum for his mod. Now it's my pleasure to open the dedicated overview page on our mod portal.

View the mod overview here.We'll be keeping this up-to-date as Andalus releases new versions of the total conversion.

Congratulations Andalus. Do pop into the thread in the AUP forum to give us your thoughts on the mod.

New overview page for Amazon: Total War in the mod portal

by | 12/10/2008 15:48 PM

Amazon: Total War has proved very popular with over 700 downloads so far and I'm very pleased to be able to announce that it's also leading the way in jazzing up our Mod Portal page, where an overhaul is long overdue.

View the mod overview here.We'll be keeping this up-to-date as SubRosa releases new versions of the mod.

Congratulations SubRosa. Do pop into the thread in the ATW forum to give us your thoughts on the mod.

New Empire: Total War Faction Feature and Unit Preview

by | 12/10/2008 8:17 AM

Two new Empire: Total War previews have been revealed on the official site. The first is the Mamluks, a cavalry unit that looks like it'll be available to the Ottoman Empire. The second preview is a faction feature, which confirms Russia as a playable faction and tells us more about the faction.

You can discuss the Mamluks here and the Russian Faction Feature here. The previews themselves can be found here for the Mamluks and here for the Russians. Many thanks to Alexander332 II for the heads up.

Amazon Total War 2.3 - Beta Release is now out!

by | 12/9/2008 16:36 PM

SubRosa's Beta releases of Amazon: Total War modification for Rome: Total War have been wildly popular so far with over 700 downloads. Now version 2.3 is out and here is what is new.

New Additions in Version 2.3 (RTW)

  • Added Virgin Horse Archers to Scythia.
  • Added Noble Women to Sarmatia.
  • Added a Standard Bearer for the Sarmatians.
  • Made copy-cat Legionaries only recruitable after the Marian Reforms.

New Additions in Version 2.3 (BI)

  • Made the Gorgons, Germans, Gaul, Scythia, Sarmatia, and Parthia Horde factions, with the Gorgons beginning the game as such.
  • Added Virgin Horse Archers to Scythia.
  • Added Noble Women to Sarmatia.
  • Added a Standard Bearer for the Sarmatians.
  • Made copy-cat Legionaries only recruitable after the Marian Reforms.

ETW Minimum System Specs and new faction feature

by | 12/3/2008 12:20 PM

The minimum system specifications for Empire: Total War have been announced on the official ETW website. To run ETW your computer will need at least the following:

  • 2.4Ghz single core processor
  • 256MB Gfx card (DX9 compaitble)
  • 1GB RAM (For XP, 2GB if using Vista)

Here's the announcement. Discuss in this thread.

The latest faction feature shows us more about the United Provinces, a place where trade, science and freedom of thought are flourishing. Find the full feature here and discuss it in this thread on our forums.

New article: Faction strategy: The Seleucid Empire

by | 12/3/2008 9:59 AM

A new article has rolled of the presses here at RTWH. This latest addition can now be found in our Campaign Strategy section.

Many RTW players have struggled to survive as the Seleucids. They have a hard early camapign because they are surrounded by enemies on all sides. This article tells players how to overcome these foes and establish a powerbase in Asia. It includes strategies for both the campaign and battle map, so defeating Egypt, Parthia, Armenia and Pontus should no longer be a problem for those who take command of the Seleucid Empire.

The article can be found here. Feel free to post comments and feedback in this thread

IGN and Gamespot - two new Empire Hands-On articles!

by | 12/3/2008 5:34 AM

This week has seen two new Hands-On articles posted up by gaming websites IGN and Gamespot. The first article by IGN primarily covers their experiences with the brand new naval battles.

The Gamespot article also details impressions on the naval battles but also goes on to provide insight into the single player narrative campaign 'The Road to Independence'.

Both articles give the overall feeling that the Naval battles are a great addition to the Total War engine and while slightly confusing when you first take to the ocean the battles become very rewarding to play once you've conquered the short learning curve and are using wind direction, weather, capturing enemy vessels and unleashing deadly barrages of broadside cannons as ships decks are set on fire and each shot, down to every resulting splinter and shard, is given its own physical property too.

Many thanks to forummer sskrypteia for bringing both articles to our attention. You can join us and discuss each article here on our Empire: Total War forums.