New evolution of the Total War franchise coming in 2008

James Orry Updated on by

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Empire: Total War, the revolutionary new instalment of the award-winning Total War RTS franchise from The Creative Assembly, has been announced for release on PC in 2008. The game has been secretly in development for over a year and is on course for release in 2008.

The game will maintain the series’ genre-leading 3D battles, turn-based campaign map and the rich historical detail and for the first time introduce 3D naval combat.

Set in the 18th century, an era most requested by Total War fans, with themes of Industrial Revolution, America’s struggle for independence, the race to control Eastern trade routes and the globalisation of war on land and sea, Empire: Total War promises to be the richest PC RTS of all time.

The debut of 3D naval combat will provide gamers will all-new gameplay possibilities, intuitively able to command vast fleets or single ships through rich seascapes with visually impressive water and weather effects. Pummel the enemy with cannon fire, close in to grapple their ship and prepare to board and ultimately take control of the vessel.

Other notable changes include 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.

Look out for more on Empire: Total War as its 2008 release date closes in.