Empire: Total War is the greatest entry in the series to date, but isn't without its flaws. Creative Assembly are adamant they're not abandoning the community.
Napoleon: Total War was announced and explores the Frenchmen's rise to power across three campaigns. CA have confirmed the "major AI upgrade" is still coming, plus "major" DLC.
"We have not given up on supporting Empire. The major AI upgrade patch is still very much being worked on and is coming shortly. It will be with you a good while before Napoleon's release," said Creative, in their own Q&A community response.
"Napoleons development is ongoing, just as our support of Empire is ongoing. We recognise Empire had problems on release and we've dealt with the vast majority of stability and performance issues people are having."
"We now need to balance and address gameplay issues. The AI particularly. We have listened to everything you have said and are looking to address as much as possible. Empire has not been forgotten and a major gameplay upgrade is coming, and coming soon."
They also bring up the long awaited multiplayer campaign, and say it's "not been forgotten" and that they hope to have it out before Napoleon. "To stress: Empire's MPC Beta is still under development and will be coming shortly it has not been dropped or forgotten and will be available soon."
The dev team also explain why Napoleon couldn't come with Empire: Total War. "These are two very different games," they say.
"Napoleon focuses on a man and his destiny and how this is tied to the rise of a nation, a man who defined an era. Empire was a very seperate theme, defining the interplay of actions between nations over a turbulent period of history."
The developer finishes this little session with: "We hope that given the sheer amount of attention we've paid to Empire since it's release and the extras we're looking to provide that we will prove by our action that we're not just here to sell games."
"We love TW, thats why we make it, and we want you to enjoy it too, as that is ultimately it's purpose." Have you still been experiencing big problems with Empire: Total War, or are you just awaiting the huge AI upgrade Creative has brewing in their labs?
Check out the Napoleon: Total War trailer below.
Creative address bad Napoleon reaction, "not given up" on Empire
25 August 2009 | By Simon Priest