241w ago - Creative Assembly has just announced that next week will see the release of their first major upgrade for the PC title Empire: Total War.
To quote: A number of crash glitches have been "solved", along with audio, save game and assassination fixes.
The AI has been improved in naval combat, and best of all, the AI can now attempt naval invasions of your territory. It is also reported that the upgrade will fix "over 70 bugs".
I have been enjoying Empire: Total War from the very first day it was released, but I am shocked to know that it had over "70 bugs" as I hardly noticed any... however, since they all are about to be fixed there's nothing to worry about.
262w ago - Empire: Total War, is the new installment in The Creative Assembly's Total War RTS franchise and will maintain the series 3D battles, grand turn based campaign map and rich historical flavor; while for the first time introducing 3D naval combat into the series.
Below is an interview with one of the game's developers:
WP: Who has the honor to speak with us? State your name, rank, and occupation!
Kieran Brigden, studio communications manager for Creative Assembly.
WP: Empire Total War marks the first time that the Total War series has had really intricate naval battles. Why have them now?
KB: Well, it's a combination of factors. One, we've wanted to do it for a while but the technology was ready now. Two, it's the period that's right for it. When you add naval battles to the game, you have to do it when it's interesting, enjoyable, and fun. The 18th century was the absolute height of cool naval warfare. You had this global arms race across the world's oceans, bigger and bigger ships, more and more cannons, specialized naval abilities for long-range ships and short-range boarding crews. It was a really cool and interesting period in which to add the naval combat to make it a very real and integral feature for Empire. From that perspective, it was the choice of...
266w ago - Empire: Total War will now be released in a standard as well as 'Special Forces Edition'. The SFE will contain a printed map as well as some elite special forces units.
There is no additional information on its contents at this time. Empire: Total War is set for release on February 3rd, 2009.
Also announced was that the game would whip with 'incoporated Steamworks', which apparently is the 'Brit' way of saying it will be available on Steam.
Official Release: SEGA Europe Ltd. today announce that Empire: Total War™ will incorporate Steamworks™, a complete suite of publishing and development tools that offers PC game developers and publishers access to the game features and services available through Steam.
Steamworks will support both the retail and electronic versions of the Empire: Total War game giving players game updates, downloadable content, friend-list support and achievements. To play single-player Empire: Total War, players need only to connect to the internet once via the Steam client after installing the game.
Steamworks will serve as Empire: Total War's multiplayer backend, providing server browsing and match-making functionality, bolstering Total War's new level of commitment to multiplayer game modes and features. Further details on multiplayer...