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Mechstra
Banned
posted 22 August 2007 06:13 EDT (US)         
Empire: Total War is marching slowly towards us!



Relevant links:

The official site
Preview article on land combat at Gamespot
Another land combat preview at IGN
Total War Heaven Youtube channel - featuring some trailers


FAQ

1. Do we have a release date?
The game is currently scheduled to be out in February 2009.

2. How many factions will there be?
There will be 12 playable factions, all playable from the start. Currently confirmed factions are Britain, Prussia, France, Spain, America, Austria, the Dutch Republic and the Ottoman Empire. References to Peter the Great and Charles XII mean that Russia and Sweden are likely candidates as well. A CA developer has said:
We have over 50 factions in the game, and we can't create all of them in the full detail they deserve. Therefore we limit the number of playable factions, but we can't say which ones are playable just yet, simply because we haven't made a final decision. Rest assured though that all major factions (even the non-playable ones) will be represented in high detail.
3. Do we know system requirements? Will the game require Vista?
There are no released system requirements yet, but the game will run with DirectX 9.0, so Vista will not be a minimum requirement for the game. DX10 support is likely but not needed.

4. What period will the game cover?
Empire: Total War will cover the 18th century and the early 19th century.

5. What will the campaign map be?
The latest information suggests that it will include Europe, North and South America, North Africa, Central Asia, India, and Indonesia.

[This message has been edited by Kor (edited 08-27-2008 @ 05:52 AM).]

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Chalupa Batman
Centurion
(id: ccsantos)
posted 23 August 2007 11:13 EDT (US)     76 / 254       
Nicely done Dunn

As-Salaam-Alaikum
Carthage
Legionary
posted 23 August 2007 11:40 EDT (US)     77 / 254       
Wow. This looks very impressive, methinks a new PC for xmas is in order PS. Sorry for not sposting in a while, i've been fairly busy, but I do visit and read the posts still

Carthage
And beyond, green fields under a swift sunrise
Oh well, thats not so bad, is it?
No, no it's not

Proud joint winner of the M2TWH Saladin award
EnemyofJupitor
HG Alumnus Superbus
posted 23 August 2007 13:03 EDT (US)     78 / 254       
You know, with all these new features such as formations, we're all going to have to work on our micro, won't we?

And I shall go Softly into the Night Taking my Dreams As will You
Scotty the Fallen
Legionary
posted 23 August 2007 14:34 EDT (US)     79 / 254       
You know, with all these new features such as formations, we're all going to have to work on our micro, won't we?
Yes! And let's hope Gunpowder doesn't suck either!

Scotty the Fallen | One-time Angel Reincarnate, and Former BFME2H and TWH Downloads administrator, and BFME2 Strategy Administrator.
"And I shall go softly into the night, taking my dreams, as will you." - EoJ
"Scotty's probably the only forumer here who can make every post a defiant claim of his own superiority." - Atzy
Sudso21
Legionary
posted 23 August 2007 15:20 EDT (US)     80 / 254       
Boooooooo
It's gonna be all muskets and guns. Loss of all my favorites like swords and spears and axes and cool things.
I won't be getting this one
Carthage
Legionary
posted 23 August 2007 16:01 EDT (US)     81 / 254       
It's not all muskets and gunpowder, there still is mellee combat, it's ridiculous to say this only a couple of days after we found out about the game.

Carthage
And beyond, green fields under a swift sunrise
Oh well, thats not so bad, is it?
No, no it's not

Proud joint winner of the M2TWH Saladin award
EnemyofJupitor
HG Alumnus Superbus
posted 23 August 2007 17:06 EDT (US)     82 / 254       
Yes! And let's hope Gunpowder doesn't suck either!
*Refuses to rise to bait*
Boooooooo
It's gonna be all muskets and guns. Loss of all my favorites like swords and spears and axes and cool things.
I won't be getting this one
Even I know that the Scots were famed for their charges that made the Brit Empire (Now, that would be a unit!

And I shall go Softly into the Night Taking my Dreams As will You
Jumbalaya
Legionary
posted 24 August 2007 10:49 EDT (US)     83 / 254       
According to IGN, you will be able to play the Mughals, Africans, and Native Americans.

lol im jumby
Mechstra
Banned
posted 24 August 2007 10:53 EDT (US)     84 / 254       
Care to link to the preview?
Jumbalaya
Legionary
posted 24 August 2007 10:58 EDT (US)     85 / 254       
http://pc.ign.com/articles/815/815233p1.html

It's just my interpretation of the preview of course, it may not be true.

lol im jumby
John Black
Legionary
posted 24 August 2007 12:14 EDT (US)     86 / 254       
So what I'm confused about is the notion of a "tieless" campaign map...what exactly does this mean?
Wolfpanzee
Legionary
posted 24 August 2007 12:20 EDT (US)     87 / 254       
According to IGN, you will be able to play the Mughals, Africans, and Native Americans.
Excellent
It's gonna be all muskets and guns. Loss of all my favorites like swords and spears and axes and cool things.
You crazy? It'll be much better! Also, you get to play the naval battles yourself!

The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his-George Patton
You can get a lot more with a kind word and a gun than with a kind word alone-Al Capone
Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo-H.G. Wells
Catch a man a fish, and you can sell it to him. Teach a man to fish, and you ruin a wonderful business opportunity-Karl Marx
EnemyofJupitor
HG Alumnus Superbus
posted 24 August 2007 12:25 EDT (US)     88 / 254       
So what I'm confused about is the notion of a "tieless" campaign map...
Tile-less. Basically, you won't be confined to grid-like tyles (Which are the size of a city, usually).
New system of recruiting, though. Hm...

And I shall go Softly into the Night Taking my Dreams As will You
blaster fodder
Legionary
posted 24 August 2007 13:08 EDT (US)     89 / 254       
I'm guessing, where as in other games, you have to control at least say 45 provinces to win, this game you have to control all.

Lost in a roman...wilderness of pain
And all the children are insane
Mechstra
Banned
posted 24 August 2007 13:10 EDT (US)     90 / 254       
The new issue of PC Gamer UK, which is in my hands, has Empire: Total War as its cover game (massive 3-page foldout cover, no less) and a sizeable preview of it. The text is the same as was in the CVG preview, but there's a few more screenshots and they're rather larger than the ones on the internet. A4 shot of that ship, for instance.

Jumbalaya, having read the IGN preview's relevant section:
The Grand Campaign in Empire: Total War features a wide range of factions, from British Colonists/Americans in the west to the Mughals in India. In between will be all manner of power and prestige players, like Britain and the Ottoman Empire, and smaller groups like Native Americans and Africans.
They are not saying that you can play as them. Simply that the game features them as factions, which we knew already. CA is saying that there will be 10 playable factions and I think we can fairly safely say that those will be the big players of the day, so no Native Americans playable as standard.

[This message has been edited by Andrew Dunn (edited 08-24-2007 @ 01:13 PM).]

Jumbalaya
Legionary
posted 24 August 2007 14:02 EDT (US)     91 / 254       
CA is saying that there will be 10 playable factions
I believe they said that there will be 10 playable factions from the get-go, and the rest you unlock when you beat the game.

lol im jumby
Mechstra
Banned
posted 24 August 2007 14:07 EDT (US)     92 / 254       
No, that's not what they've said.

They've specifically referred to ten playable factions and 50+ factions overall, the rest being non-playable. No mention has been made of unlocking factions - those 10 will be available from the off, but the rest will be slightly less detailed. That's the current plan according to CA representatives.
Jumbalaya
Legionary
posted 24 August 2007 14:16 EDT (US)     93 / 254       
Oh I see now..
Sorry, you must think I'm really stupid

lol im jumby
Wolfpanzee
Legionary
posted 24 August 2007 15:58 EDT (US)     94 / 254       
50 factions but only 10 of them playable?No fair

The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his-George Patton
You can get a lot more with a kind word and a gun than with a kind word alone-Al Capone
Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo-H.G. Wells
Catch a man a fish, and you can sell it to him. Teach a man to fish, and you ruin a wonderful business opportunity-Karl Marx
EnemyofJupitor
HG Alumnus Superbus
posted 24 August 2007 17:10 EDT (US)     95 / 254       
I'm perfectly confident that we'll get a mod out within the first 5 days of it's release

And I shall go Softly into the Night Taking my Dreams As will You
TaylorFlame
Lizard the Bard
posted 24 August 2007 19:53 EDT (US)     96 / 254       
5 days is a bit long. I'm willing to bet that there will be hundreds of people that immediatly hunt down the required file, edit it as needed and release it to the world within about 2 hours.

TaylorFlame - The Definitive Man.
Lord_Morningstar
Legionary
posted 25 August 2007 06:09 EDT (US)     97 / 254       
I, for one, have been waiting for this for a long time. An entirely new Total War engine can only be a good thing.

The new recruiting system sounds interesting. The old city-by-city and unit-by-unit system probably wouldn’t gel that well with the Napoleonic Wars. I'm curious to see what it is.
aznninjahitman
Legionary
posted 26 August 2007 02:19 EDT (US)     98 / 254       
I like the sound of it, from the two articles I've read.

Being the historical stickler I am, I'd like to see the various African tribes represented to some extent. However, they probably can't do that for gameplay reasons, unless they spent a lot of time making a system similar to what was done in Europa Barbarorum with the rebels.

It sounds a little funny, how the CA staff member said that sword and lance-armed units suffer a bit at the hands of musketeers...

I also hope that all the major factions start off fairly small, so it's a tooth-and-nail struggle to the top, all the way, because there are so many different groups sniping you from all directions.

我送你離開 千里之外 你無聲黑白
沈默年代 或許不該 太遙遠的相愛
我送你離開 天涯之外 你是否還在
琴聲何來 生死難猜 用一生 去等待

As Water on Rock
Mechstra
Banned
posted 26 August 2007 08:44 EDT (US)     99 / 254       
Large preview in the latest issue of German magazine Gamestar, with a screenshot of a prototype interface for sea battles.

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Wolfpanzee
Legionary
posted 26 August 2007 08:45 EDT (US)     100 / 254       
I presume that all the stuff in german means something to you...

The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his-George Patton
You can get a lot more with a kind word and a gun than with a kind word alone-Al Capone
Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo-H.G. Wells
Catch a man a fish, and you can sell it to him. Teach a man to fish, and you ruin a wonderful business opportunity-Karl Marx
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