Feral Interactive has confirmed a release date for Empire: Total War – Gold Edition. Originally slated for spring, the game now has a solid release date on the Mac of September 13th. But if you purchased Empire: Total War through Steam thinking you’ll be able to play when the Mac version comes out, you may be disappointed.
Empire: Total War Gold Edition places the series’ prized elements of real-time tactics and turn-based strategy against the turbulent backdrop of the 18th century. The game explores themes such as the Industrial Revolution, America’s struggle for independence, the race to control Asian trade routes, and the globalization of war on land and sea. Not much. All you have to do is take charge of a nation and establish it as the world’s dominant power. Easy.
The Mac version of Empire: Total War – Gold Edition comprises the base game Empire: Total War and all the game updates and DLC, including The Warpath Campaign where players take command of one of five Native American factions, defending their lands from invaders. It also includes four unit packs, the Special Forces Units and the Elite Units of the East, West and America.
The game will support multiplayer over LAN. And if that old-school multiplayer technology shocks you, don’t worry. Later in the fall Feral plans to update with online multiplayer using Apple’s Game Center technology. The use of Game Center for online multiplayer, however, seems to mean that a release of the game via Steam may not be happening. (Brad Gibson of Feral Interactive has confirmed that Empire: Total War – Gold Edition will NOT be available on Steam — ed.)
Feral does say that the game will be released through the Mac App Store and Feral’s own store, as well as a variety of other digital download sites. It will retail in North America for US $39.99, £29.99 (inc. VAT) in the UK, and €34.99 (inc. VAT) throughout Europe.
Final minimum system requirements call for:
- Mac OS 10.7.4 or later
- 2.0GHz Intel Mac
- 4.0GB RAM
- 256MB or better graphics card (does not support the following graphics cards: ATI X1xxx series, ATI HD2xxx series, NVIDIA 7xxx series and Intel GMA series.)