Empire: Total War thrusts players into the eighteenth century, a turbulent period riddled with strife as new technologies emerged and new world powers rose to prominence. In this period, players will command armies and conquer nations as they play through Total War's signature brand of turn-based and real-time strategy gameplay.
New to the series is three dimensional naval combat, a feature that will enable players to get right amongst it, controlling either entire fleets or single ships. A lot of time has gone into the lovingly-rendered water - an aspect of the landscape that will prove crucial in your success or defeat.
Also new to the series is 'Road to Independence', a story-based campaign mode that sees players taking part in the British colonisation of America. In the first episode, players must establish the historical settlement of Jamestown. In the second, they must fend off both Native Americans and the French in The French and Indian War. Finally, they must oust their colonial rulers in the War of Independence.
Meanwhile the Campaign Map - a feature that, for many, is the heart and soul of Total War - has seen tweaks to the systems for Trade, Diplomacy and Espionage, refinement of the UI and improved Advisors.