SEGA has announced Empire: Total War
, the latest instalment of The Creative Assembly’s award winning Total War RTS franchise, this time set in the 18th Century – the period marked by British imperial power fuelled by the Industrial Revolution, as well as other major historical events such as America’s struggle for independence, the race to control Eastern trade routes and the globalisation of war on land and seaEmpire: Total War
(see the first screens here) builds upon the series' unparalleled 3D battles, grand turn-based campaign map and richly detailed historical flavour as well as introducing a whole new element of 3D naval combat.
SEGA’s press announcement informs us that, “PC Gamers will be able to intuitively command vast fleets or single ships upon seascapes rich with extraordinary water and weather effects that play a huge role in your eventual glorious success or ignominious defeat. After pummelling your enemy with cannon fire, close in to grapple their ship and prepare to board taking control your men as they fight hand to hand on the decks.”
It certainly sounds like a lot more fun than what SPOnG recalls from history lessons at school. Weapons such as cannons and muskets are added to the real-time battles, and the campaign map features “new improved systems for Trade, Diplomacy and Espionage with agents, a refined and streamlined UI, improved Advisors and extended scope taking in the riches of India, the turbulence of Europe and the untapped potential of North America.”
Mike Simpson, Studio Director at The Creative Assembly and the father of the Total War franchise said, “We’re genuinely excited about what we’re achieving with the naval battles and also by the scale of the improvements being made to the core of the game – the land battles and the campaign. This will undoubtedly be the biggest and best Total War™ game we’ve ever made.”
SPOnG has one question to SEGA though - in Empire: Total War
will the player be able to rape and pillage their way across entire continents, just as our British forefathers did with India?
“No comment,” said a not-so eager young SEGA staffer we spoke to earlier today.