If you’ve been looking forward to sinking your teeth into the Civ-like Oriental Empires, we have good news. Publisher Iceberg Interactive has announced that the game will enter Steam’s Early Access starting September 20.
Oriental Empires has been in closed beta since the spring of 2016. We took a look at it recently and are generally excited for where the game is headed. As a reminder, Oriental Empires is being developed by RT Smith and John Carline, both of whom worked on the original Total War game (as well as a host of other stuff like the space 4X Armada 2526).
Here’s what they are promising:
- Lead a single nation or tribe, starting from humble beginnings and expand your empire and develop your culture with the aim of becoming the universally recognized Son of Heaven and ruler of the world
- Persuade the other factions to recognize your prowess by either military force or by diplomatic persuasion
- Play as one of 16 different factions each with their own special bonuses or penalties
- Vast, beautifully rendered map featuring an attractive and authentic depiction of the landscape of China and Mongolia
- Large scale battles with hundreds or thousands of soldiers, depicted in detail right on the game map. Watch skilled armies and reinforcements go to battle, according to the battle orders and formations set by the player
- Fully animated 3D models, with variations in face and clothing for each model, including infantry, cavalry, chariot and artillery units, as well as naval forces
- Long seamless zoom range lets you step right into the game world or zoom out for a strategic overview
- Improve your settlements by constructing buildings and developing the landscape around them, build markets and ports to enable trade by land and water
- Elaborate research tree including technology as well as cultural, philosophical, and religious developments
- Many other elements will determine the outcome of your quest for dominance such as leaders, sieges, unrest and rebellion, and Authority and Culture ratings
- As Emperor, set edicts, laws, and decrees to balance power and move into a glorious new Eras, with new technologies and military units that change as the game evolves
To celebrate the EA announcement, Iceberg has started a YouTube series about the history of China. You can check out the first episode here.