Video Gamer is reader-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Prices subject to change. Learn more
SEGA has today announced that Empire: Total War will incorporate Steamworks and will be supported by both the retail and digitally distributed versions of the game.
Steamworks will provide players with access to game updates, downloadable content, friend-lists and achievements. In order to play single-player Empire: Total War players will need to connect to the Steam client once after installing the game.
The game’s multiplayer will be handled by Steamworks, providing server browsing and match-making functionality. Further multiplayer details will be announced soon.
“We are delighted to be working with an infrastructure as effective as Steam” said Mike Simpson, studio director at the Creative Assembly. “Having their matchmaking and support systems on board for Empire; Total War makes a huge difference both for players and for the development team. It not only helps make multiplayer slick and sizzling, it also frees up a huge chunk of the team’s time which helps make the whole game better.”
Empire: Total War is scheduled for release on February 6, 2008 for PC.