Empire: Total War

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Empire: Total War
Empire: Total War cover
Creative Assembly
macOS (OS X) Feral Interactive
Linux Feral Interactive
OS X, Linux Feral Interactive
Release dates
Windows March 3, 2009
macOS (OS X) April 12, 2012
Linux December 9, 2014
Empire: Total War guide at StrategyWiki
Empire: Total War at Wikipedia
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Key points

Multiplayer is not cross-platform.[1]

General information

Official site for the series
Official forum
Official support page
Total War Wiki - A wiki for the series
Total War Center - A large fan site for the series with an active modding community
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Developer website
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Collection bundle including all the DLC.
macOS (OS X)
Mac App Store
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Gold Edition
macOS (OS X)
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macOS (OS X)
All Windows and Linux versions require Steam DRM
Empire: Total War - Gold Edition comes with the base game and all the expansions/DLC released for it

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Elite Units of the East
macOS (OS X)
Elite Units of the West
macOS (OS X)
Elite Units of America
macOS (OS X)
Special Forces Units & Bonus Content
macOS (OS X)
The Warpath Campaign
macOS (OS X)

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Using the package manager[citation needed]
  1. Download the Package File Manager.
  2. Navigate to <path-to-game>\data, and open movies.pack
  3. Under File, Change Pack Type choose Mod.
  4. Navigate to Movies.pack\movies
  5. Delete ca.bik, corei7_intro.bik, game_intro_01.bik and sega_logo_sting_hd.bik


Saving might take a few minutes.[citation needed]

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\The Creative Assembly\Empire\
macOS (OS X) ~/Library/Application Support/Feral Interactive/Empire Total War/AppData/
Linux $XDG_DATA_HOME/feral-interactive/Empire/AppData/
This game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\The Creative Assembly\Empire\save_games\
macOS (OS X) ~/Library/Application Support/Feral Interactive/Empire Total War/AppData/save_games/
Linux $XDG_DATA_HOME/feral-interactive/Empire/AppData/save_games/
Save games can become fairly large over time. Enabling NTFS compression on Windows for the whole save games folder is advised.[citation needed]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Video settings.
Video settings.


To lock the cursor to the game you can use Clip Cursor or CursorLock.

Input settings[edit]

Controls settings.
Controls settings.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
No Y-axis inversion in battle mode.
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Only when minimized


Language UI Audio Sub Notes


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
LAN play
Online play

Issues fixed[edit]

Freeze when starting[edit]

Game freezes after first (logo & copyright) screen[citation needed]

If the game makes the computer freeze entirely, it might be an audio-issue.

Try opening Windows' Device Manager and disabling your audio-device (in my case Realtek HD audio was the culprit). If this allows the game to run, then this fix might work for you. Remove the device, and download a driver from the audio-device manufacturer's website.

Changing the Game Resolution[edit]

Unable to change resolution[citation needed]

Some users are unable to change the resolution from the in-game menu.

  1. Go to %APPDATA%\The Creative Assembly\Empire\scripts and open preferences.empire_script with Notepad, then edit the 3rd and fourth lines that say:
  2. Replace the zeroes with the resolution options of your choice (1920x1080, 800x600 etc.).
x_res 0; # x_res <int32>, Fixed window width #
  y_res 0; # y_res <int32>, Fixed window height #

Issues unresolved[edit]

Selecting a ship crash the game[edit]

The exact reason is unknown, but it seems that when you select and/or move a fleet consisting of only highest-end ship of the line and you have researched "Top Gallants" upgrade,[3] the game will crash to desktop. Merging a Brig or a Sloop (the ships with the lowest move points) to the fleet seems to solve this bug, by reducing the distance the higher ships can travel.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP SP2 Vista, 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 2.4 GHz
AMD Athlon XP 2400+
System memory (RAM) 1 GB (XP)
2 GB (Vista)
2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 15 GB
Video card (GPU) 256 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
512 MB of VRAM
Other Minimum screen resolution 1024 x 768
macOS (OS X)
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.8.5 10.9.3
Processor (CPU) Intel 2 GHz Intel 2.4 GHz
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 30 GB
Video card (GPU) 256 MB of VRAM 512 MB of VRAM
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Ubuntu 14.04
Processor (CPU) Intel 2.0 GHz Intel 3.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 4 GB 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 16 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 600 series
AMD Radeon HD 6000 series
Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200
512 MB of VRAM
Nvidia GeForce 700 series
1 GB of VRAM
Other 64-bit system required