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HG Alumnus
posted 02 October 2008 14:41 EDT (US)         
In the November issue of PC Gamer (UK) Empire Total War had it's second preview feature in the same amount of issues.

Some things were new to me, some things were not. However at this point I will gobble up any facts about the game as I eagerly crash diet in preparation for the six months of isolation and sitting down I will do from the 6th of February onwards.

  • Empire fact 1:
    The campaign maps are all seperate, there was a concern that these would somehow be individual campaigns. This article reveals that the seperate campaign maps all make up the overall campaign, but you can only view specific areas of the map at a time. The regions are Europe, The Americas and the east Indies. The latter where the majority of the wealth lies. Glancing at the screenshots present in the article it appears there are a good deal less provinces than on Medieval. The UK appears to be made up of only two for instance.

  • Empire fact 2:
    To transfer units to these seperate regions, you simply move them into an 'in transit' area on the edge of whatever map you're on and they'll arrive, for example on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean with America in sight the next game turn. This game device is because it would take too long to simply move units across the vast distances involved if the map was to be more accurate.

  • Empire fact 3:
    No grid beneath the terrain. This allows for more strategic positioning of your troops, ships, agents and whatever else.

  • Empire fact 4:
    There are 12 playable factions in the game, most of which Creative Assembly are keeping under wraps for now. Current speculation is that the list will look something like this:
    -Kingdom of Prussia
    -Kingdom of France
    -Kingdom of Great Britain
    -Spanish Empire
    -Ottoman Empire
    -Russian Empire
    -Dutch Republic
    -Habsburg Monarchy
    -Mughal Empire
    -Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth
    -Swedish Empire

    Plus of course the numerous factions which will be unplayable, rather than fighting one rebel faction throughout your entire empire.

  • Empire fact 5:
    Colonisation is a core mechanic in the game, although expanding your homeland borders is certainly possible you'll struggle to raise the funds without significant expansion into commercial interests, for instance tea trade. Conflicts around key trading areas will be interesting too, as one faction may have a monopoly on the resource generating a load of cash, a rival power can come in with military ships blockade trade routes and set up competition.

  • Empire fact 6:
    You no longer need a diplomat to begin negotiations.

  • Empire fact 7:
    Governments replace monarchs as focuses of the empire and as such elections for posts within the government will take place, you may also get rid of say, the war secretary if you deem him incompetent and have a new one installed. Taxes can be set for different classes of citizen and political power and degree of democracy will need to be distributed carefully over your provinces as it will effect those regions.

  • Empire fact 8:
    Generals are no longer 'royals' as in the previous games, they are professional soldiers. Governors are dedicated to the job of ruling your regions.

  • Empire fact 9:
    The regions themselves consist of a large city, for example London and then the other buildings you develop will appear elsewhere in the region so they can be individually attacked or upgraded. This changes the siege warfare dynamic almost completely as you could in theory cripple an opponent's region by moving quickly to take the barracks, port, stables and other key buildings outside the main city.

  • Empire fact 10:
    In order to finish on a nice even number, more insight into the revamped 'assasination' mechanic.
    Think an enemies' chancellor is doing too good a job? Send a Gentleman to challenge him to a duel to the death and rid of him.

    Discuss the impending awesome.

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    Gallowglass
    Legionary
    posted 02 October 2008 14:43 EDT (US)     1 / 14       
    I can't see why they felt the need to take Wales out. How many provinces are on the campaign map, overall?

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    SpartanOfShadowz
    Legionary
    posted 02 October 2008 15:02 EDT (US)     2 / 14       
    not really new info, but where does the it say anything about wales?

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    Gallowglass
    Legionary
    posted 02 October 2008 15:36 EDT (US)     3 / 14       
    It doesn't. But it's obvious they'd have grouped England and Wales together for such a large map.

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    zlack
    Legionary
    posted 03 October 2008 11:33 EDT (US)     4 / 14       
    I am deeply disappointed by facts 1 and 2.
    it appears there are a good deal less provinces than on Medieval. The UK appears to be made up of only two for instance.
    What's going on??!!

    And, er, is the US supposed to be in fact 4?

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    Hussarknight
    Seraph Emeritus
    posted 03 October 2008 12:01 EDT (US)     5 / 14       
    If the screens look like this they're from post-alpha version (i.e. it's playable, but not finished yet) so there might be more provinces in the final map.

    I'm actually happy about 1 and 2, I don't want to spends ages sending a few ships to America or India.

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    Gallowglass
    Legionary
    posted 03 October 2008 13:02 EDT (US)     6 / 14       
    Oh damn. Do they have any idea how crap that map looks? I know it's not finished, but...I hope there are more terrain types. It looks like they've based the design for England off of the song 'Jerusalem.'

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    Slappster
    Legionary
    posted 03 October 2008 19:53 EDT (US)     7 / 14       
    I wish it would start with 12 with more unlockable ones... and im also mad about the lack of provinces.
    EnemyofJupitor
    HG Alumnus Superbus
    posted 04 October 2008 03:09 EDT (US)     8 / 14       
    Apparently Moffat is taking over writing for all the Doctor Who episodes
    I can. The focus of the game is overseas territory- do you really want to spend an extra couple of turns capturing an unimportant settlement in Wales? Besides, with the new building mechanics they can just simply put a mine or 7 in Wales to represent what it was important for- the coal!

    That's probably the reason why they're cutting the number of provinces- the focus is more in the field, and you can take out the stuff outside the settlement, anyway, so you don't need as many big towns. It's more strategic that way, IMO, and I like the concept

    The three campaign sections is a little dissapointing, but hey- if it works, we'll all be singing their praises Besides, it'll take out the journey times.

    As for the graphics, yes, they look a bit... interesting, but I'm hoping they'll do an upgrade.

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    zlack
    Legionary
    posted 04 October 2008 05:47 EDT (US)     9 / 14       
    That's probably the reason why they're cutting the number of provinces- the focus is more in the field
    But they said
    It's certainly the biggest one we've ever done in terms of the sheer volume of regions
    So how are they cutting the number of provinces?

    And EoJ, what has Doctor Who got to do with it?!

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    Legion Of Hell
    Centurion
    posted 04 October 2008 06:06 EDT (US)     10 / 14       
    Never make fun out of the Doctor!

    Foe EoJ that's going into banning territory hehe.

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    SpartanOfShadowz
    Legionary
    posted 04 October 2008 11:04 EDT (US)     11 / 14       
    Jupitor, I just learned in school about the industrial revolution! Do you think factories and what not will play a role? It was during THIS time.

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    EnemyofJupitor
    HG Alumnus Superbus
    posted 04 October 2008 11:12 EDT (US)     12 / 14       
    And EoJ, what has Doctor Who got to do with it?!
    Sorry, that was a copy and paste from somewhere else
    Do you think factories and what not will play a role? It was during THIS time.
    More than likely- they're probably one of the few buildings actually in the city, I should think

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    Primo
    Legionary
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    posted 04 October 2008 13:10 EDT (US)     13 / 14       
    Not bad. Though I agree with Gallows, a little more variety, a little less 'Jerusalem' please.

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    HG Alumnus
    posted 05 October 2008 11:52 EDT (US)     14 / 14       
    Hussar appears to be right, the campaign map screenshot he posted is pretty much exactly the same as the one in the magazine. I'm sure it is a prototype though, no sense in taking a backwards step graphically.

    And I cheated a little; the factions I posted up are from the Wikipedia article for the game. The PC Gamer article only mentions Britain, Prussia and the Dutch. However I'm sure I've read somewhere that the USA is an emergent faction.

    Although one of the screenshots in the article is clearly of some USA land battle.

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