Empire: Total War

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Empire: Total War
Empire: Total War cover
Developers
Creative Assembly
macOS (OS X) Feral Interactive
Linux Feral Interactive
Publishers
Sega
OS X, Linux Feral Interactive
Engines
Warscape
Release dates
Windows March 3, 2009
macOS (OS X) April 12, 2012
Linux December 9, 2014
Empire: Total War guide on StrategyWiki
Empire: Total War on Wikipedia
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Key points

Multiplayer is not cross-platform.[1]

General information

Official site for the series
Official forum
Official support page
Total War Wiki - A wiki for the series
Total War Center - A large fan site for the series with an active modding community
Steam Community Discussions

Availability

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Developer website
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Collection bundle including all the DLC.
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Humble Store
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Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Mac App Store
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Gold Edition
macOS (OS X)
Steam
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Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
All Windows and Linux versions require Steam DRM
Empire: Total War - Gold Edition comes with the base game and all the expansions/DLC released for it

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Elite Units of the East
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Elite Units of the West
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Elite Units of America
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Special Forces Units & Bonus Content
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
The Warpath Campaign
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux

Essential improvements

Skip intro videos

Using the package manager[citation needed]
  1. Download the Package File Manager.
  2. Navigate to <path-to-game>\data, and open movies.pack
  3. Under File, Change Pack Type choose Mod.
  4. Navigate to Movies.pack\movies
  5. Delete ca.bik, corei7_intro.bik, game_intro_01.bik and sega_logo_sting_hd.bik

Notes

Saving might take a few minutes.[citation needed]

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\The Creative Assembly\Empire\
macOS (OS X) ~/Library/Application Support/Feral Interactive/Empire Total War/AppData/
Linux $XDG_DATA_HOME/feral-interactive/Empire/AppData/
This game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux.

Save game data location

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\The Creative Assembly\Empire\save_games\
macOS (OS X) ~/Library/Application Support/Feral Interactive/Empire Total War/AppData/save_games/
Linux $XDG_DATA_HOME/feral-interactive/Empire/AppData/save_games/
Save games can become fairly large over time. Enabling NTFS compression on Windows for the whole save games folder is advised.[citation needed]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings

Video settings.
Video settings.

Multi-monitor

To lock the cursor to the game you can use Clip Cursor or CursorLock.

Input settings

Controls settings.
Controls settings.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
No Y-axis inversion in battle mode.
Controller
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.

Audio settings

Audio settings.
Audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Only when minimized

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Czech
French
German
Italian
Polish
Russian
Spanish

Network

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
[2]
LAN play
8
Online play
8

Issues fixed

Freeze when starting

Game freezes after first (logo & copyright) screen[citation needed]

If the game makes the computer freeze entirely, it might be an audio-issue.

Try opening Windows' Device Manager and disabling your audio-device (in my case Realtek HD audio was the culprit). If this allows the game to run, then this fix might work for you. Remove the device, and download a driver from the audio-device manufacturer's website.

Changing the Game Resolution

Unable to change resolution[citation needed]

Some users are unable to change the resolution from the in-game menu.

  1. Go to %APPDATA%\The Creative Assembly\Empire\scripts and open preferences.empire_script with Notepad, then edit the 3rd and fourth lines that say:
  2. Replace the zeroes with the resolution options of your choice (1920x1080, 800x600 etc.).
x_res 0; # x_res <int32>, Fixed window width #
  y_res 0; # y_res <int32>, Fixed window height #

Issues unresolved

Selecting a ship crash the game

The exact reason is unknown, but it seems that when you select and/or move a fleet consisting of only highest-end ship of the line and you have researched "Top Gallants" upgrade,[3] the game will crash to desktop. Merging a Brig or a Sloop (the ships with the lowest move points) to the fleet seems to solve this bug, by reducing the distance the higher ships can travel.

Other information

API

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux

System requirements

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP SP2
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 2.4 GHz
AMD Athlon XP 2400+
System memory (RAM) 1 GB (XP)
2 GB (Vista)
Hard disk drive (HDD) 15 GB
Video card (GPU) 256 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Other Minimum screen resolution 1024 x 768
macOS (OS X)
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.8.5
Processor (CPU) Intel 2 GHz
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 30 GB
Video card (GPU) 256 MB of VRAM
Linux
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Ubuntu 14.04
Processor (CPU) Intel 2.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 16 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 600 series
AMD Radeon HD 6000 series
Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200
512 MB of VRAM
Other 64-bit system required

References