Empire: Total War MP Beta Sign Up

The man they call SAeN brought this to our attention. We bring it to yours. Sign up for the Empire: Total War beta is now open. Options apparently include playing the entire campaign with another player, co-operating and backstabbing at will and fighting the real-time battles against the AI, or have your friend take the place of the AI. Oh – and a AI faction nations improved too. Though we’ve heard that one before. [Visit Bobsy’s lonely thread of love to find yourself a multiplayer partner, should you need one – Jim]


  1. Bobsy says:

    Pffft. I tweeted you folks about this ages ago.

    Anyway, I’ve got a thread open in the forum in my eternal and hopelessly optimistic struggle to find a fellow fellow to start a campaign with. It’s a terribly lonely place at the moment, but a good place to hook up with your fellow despots.

  2. Jockie says:

    Any idea how it’s going to work when one player is in battle and the other isn’t yet? Will be be allowed to continue fannying about on the campaign map for instance, or forced to spectate? Or maybe we could even do some sneaky reinforcing of one side or the other mid-battle.

    • Bobsy says:

      I’d sorta assumed it worked on a play-by-email system where you can take your turns in peace while the other player eats a sandwich or kisses girls or whatever.

  3. SAeN says:

    you can either spectate or choose to allow players to play a the opposing AI

    • -Spooky- says:

      Indeed. Playing few rounds with a friend yesterday with Player AI Command. Nice feature and very helpful to try strategy n stuff. Not your troops :D

  4. Out Reach says:

    Me and a friend had a game. Lasted about 7 turns. Had some fun playing as each others enemies and making them lose on purpose (we aimed to conquer the entire world and then fight each other) However then the game crashed :(

    However if they iron out the bugs it’s going to be awesome :)

  5. Choca says:

    I have to make some time to try this.

  6. JB says:

    I was disappointed to find that when myself and my friend tried to fight a battle against Spain while we were allied, we could only automanage it. So it looks like we can fight against each other, but not alongside each other?

  7. dtgreen says:

    Is it wrong to dream of an MTW3 with multi-player campaign support? *dreams*

  8. Jockie says:

    That’s pretty much my dream too, I’d take Rome as well though.

  9. Heliocentric says:

    Much like I’ve given up on Relic producing the little spaceship game of my dreams i’ve given up on CA producing the angry little men game of my dreams.

    They are too stuck on monitisation, not just the dlc and encryption but the half arsed support. This multiplayer might be great, but to be fair sots is a very “total war:space” like game, and it supported campaign multiplayer out of the box years ago.

    Rome needs a sequel and if they do that or the next total war game without tacking on mod killing encryption, and full multiplayer campaign out of the box CA can get day one purchases off me.
    As it is, my hype for empire is long gone and no mods can ever bump it back up, smooth sega, smooth.

  10. Nimic says:

    I remember Shogun: Total War was supposed to have a multiplayer campaign. Where you could join either side on an on-going battle, etc.

    It’s time they made Shogun: Total War 2.

    • Sceptrum says:

      Why make a Shogun 2 that would get a few double-digit percentage less in sales compared to Medieval 3 or Rome 2?

      And I’d love a Shogun 2 as well, but with the direction CA has taken we’d see five flavours of battlefield ninjas and maybe a Tom Cruise too.

  11. Real Horrorshow says:

    It’s freaking awesome. Everyone buy ETW immediately.

    • Vinraith says:

      “Everyone buy ETW immediately.”

      No, really, don’t.

    • TCM says:

      Buy it if you want it, don’t if you don’t, but don’t complain on the internet or tell others what to do.

    • Heliocentric says:

      @TCM you do realise thats what you are doing?

    • TCM says:

      Shhhhh, I was hoping nobody would notice.

    • Vinraith says:

      TCM is entirely correct, of course. I’d merely suggest that, before buying, make sure you know what you’re getting.

  12. Kerome says:

    A game? I mean please, after 5 patches the thing is pretty stable… apart from the MP Beta of course, that’s expected to crash, since the word Beta is a bit of a giveaway.