News Archives - November 2008

AI revelations and other ETW gameplay elements
Posted by Kor on November 30, AD 2008 @ 9:57 AM

With 2009 and Empire Total War approaching, CA and Sega seem to be stepping up the press releases. Two new articles have been released, one at Eurogamer and one at Bit-tech. The articles describe the naval battles in some depth and also something long anticipated: the AI. The Eurogamer article has the following to say:

"Other innovations include the AI - formerly a chess-based AI, thinking dozens of moves ahead, it now has a prioritised to-do list, with items constantly evaluated as to whether it's best equipped - or required - to achieve them. It sounds interesting, but AI is a nebulous old bird, and how this translates into sensible-seeming decisions won't be clear until the review stage. But the plan to develop the computers' personality, and unify the thinking between the turn-based and real-time elements of the game is promising."

Both articles are excellent reads, littered with new screenshots (this one has me fascinated - does the game end in 1799, then?) and detailing various features from the ways in which government type can be changed and influences technologies to combat AI behaviour to more naval combat info. Don't hesitate to check out both articles!

"Bravo Company" Comic Strip in the gallery
Posted by Aftermath on November 28, AD 2008 @ 8:39 AM
Forummer Lone Scotsguard took the time to create a comic strip using screenshots of a battle in his English campaign. It's pretty funny and isn't something we've had submitted before, so it has it's own place in our Community Gallery!

Anyone else who would like to join in and produce a comic strip for us shall get the same special treatment. Take a look at the Bravo Company - Recon Mission comic strip here and discuss it on our forums here
The first gathering of the King's Court has begun!
Posted by Aftermath on November 27, AD 2008 @ 6:24 AM
The first bi weekly gathering of the Kings Court is here! The din of shouting, laughter and party dies down to the thudding clapping of the King's Advisor. The silence lasts a few moments as all attendants eagerly eyeball the King.

"This week your royal highness demands to be entertained by a funny Toon screenshot, but no ordinary Toon. This one must revolve around the Crusades!"

His loyal subjects take a moment to take in the stipulations, knowing those who disobey will face the gallows. The din of the court slowly picks up again, all discussing the challenge set for them which they have 7 days exactly to make their submissions.

The finalised competition rules are now posted in the thread, and that's also the place to go if you have any questions or wants to take part yourself. You can find the King's Court official thread here. Can you entertain the Kings Court and become the Jester? Take part and find out!
New ETW faction feature: Great Britain
Posted by Hussarknight on November 19, AD 2008 @ 9:45 AM

A new faction feature has been published on the official Empire: Total War site. It gives us some more information on Great Britain. It's strength lies at sea, not only in naval power but also in trade and colonies.

Read the full feature here on the official ETW site and discuss it on our forums.

Sad news
Posted by Gaius Colinius on November 18, AD 2008 @ 8:26 PM

It's my sad duty to report the passing of the much-respected forumer and former TWH staff member Foamy (usually called Scotty). In the three and a half years Scotty was a member of Heavengames, he was a respected forumer and also a volunteer staff member at both TWH and BFME2H.

It was my pleasure to work with Scotty and know him as a friend. I have fond memories of the M2TWH Forum Parties that we attended together. In one battle, Scotty got much enjoyment out of firing artillery at both myself (his ally) and EnemyofJupitor (his not-ally). Being wiped out, I didn't see the funny side of it but he thought it was hilarious as did EoJ. Scotty was very interested in the game mechanics and spent many happy hours fiddling with game files.

Our sympathies are with Scotty's family and friends in this difficult time. You may pay your respects to Scotty at TWH or at his "home", BFME2H.

As his signature says: And I shall go softly into the night, taking my dreams, as will you

New Technology for Empire: Total War - Square Formation
Posted by Gaius Colinius on November 18, AD 2008 @ 7:28 PM
The latest technology for Empire: Total War has been publicised on the official website and it's Square Formation. This is a defensive posture for musket-armed infantry units, creating an impassable wall of steel to fend off cavalry attacks. If you want to find out more about it, visit the thread on our forums, which has all the details. Thanks to the new & improved Ibuprofen Redux for the update.
Empire: Total War episodic campaign
Posted by Hussarknight on November 18, AD 2008 @ 10:02 AM

There's a new article at IGN/Voodoo Extreme telling us more about ETW. It unveils "The Road To Independence", an episodic campaign which will gradually introduce players to Empire: Total War. It will consist of three episodes, dealing with the founding of Jamestown, the French Indian War and the American Revolution respectively. It will not replace the Grand Campaign so you can conquer the world without playing it first.

The article can be found here. If you want to discuss this latest article you are of course welcome do to so in our forums. Many thanks to sskrypteia for the heads up.

Hear Ye! Hear Ye! King's Court Competition is almost here!
Posted by Aftermath on November 14, AD 2008 @ 8:40 AM
The Medieval II Total War Heaven King's Court bi-weekly screenshot competition has been announced. Peasants, Servants, Squires and Nobles alike shall gather every fortnight in the King's Court. His majesty shall then set a challenge for his subjects for his amusement. The challenge could be a screenshot of anything from a witty 'Toon', a bloody battle, or a crushing defeat.

Currently his Majesty is conversing with his top royal advisors in order to finalise the King's Court rules, and set out King's Stipulations for each bi-weekly competition.

There will be a few titles available each time the King's Court gathers, do you have what it takes to be named the King's Court Jester? Beware though, this King has been known to be an unpredictable one...

All interested subjects may enter the King's Court on our forums here, or browse the existing gallery of Toons for ideas and inspiration!
New ETW Faction Preview: The Ottoman Empire
Posted by Gaius Colinius on November 12, AD 2008 @ 5:02 PM

zlack must have the Sega Empire: Total War site as his homepage because yet again, he's on the ball with the latest news. There is a new faction overview covering the Ottoman Empire and reading between the lines, we can expect slightly old fashioned units but an excellent strategic and economic position to provide many possibilities for expansion.

Visit the thread here to find out more.

New building preview: Trading Ports
Posted by Hussarknight on November 11, AD 2008 @ 12:08 PM

A new building preview has been published on the Empire: Total War site. It deals with Trading Ports which provide a much more efficient and cheaper alternative to transporting goods by land. Some goods can't even be transported by land and so ships are required to get goods from one place to another.

Read the full preview here and discuss it in this thread on our forums.

New 3D unit profile - Fifth Rate
Posted by Gaius Colinius on November 4, AD 2008 @ 5:52 PM
There's a new 3D unit profile on the Empire: Total War site. It covers the frigate type known as "Fifth Rate" and these single-deck ships are smaller than the multi-deck ships-of-the-line but faster and nippier. They are however deadly against sloops, brigs and merchantmen. Find out more by checking out the thread on our forums. Thanks to Jaspeli for the heads up.
ETW Faction Features: Sweden and France
Posted by Aftermath on November 3, AD 2008 @ 5:50 PM
The official Empire: Total War site keeps expanding with new information. The latest information on ETW are two faction features: one for France and one for Sweden.

Sweden has gained control of the Baltic in the past hundred years, but other power-hungry people like the Russians want to control this important sea as well. France is a strong faction that has an unrivalled military, and there are many possibilities for them to become the dominant in the whole world.

You can read the faction previews for France and Sweden on the official Empire: Total War site. When you've read them both be sure to visit this thread to dicuss these two articles.