After what seems like an eternity in Steam’s Early Access, Oriental Empires has finally released. OE is published by Iceberg Interactive and developed by RT Smith and John Carline (aka Shining Pixel Studios), both of whom worked on the original Total War game as well as other 4X games like Armada 2526. OE has undergone many changes during the Early Access period and has grown into a full-blown hybrid between Grand Strategy and 4X, and is set in a semi-historical China.
Here’s the full feature list:
- Start from humble beginnings with a single settlement 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 supremacy through military force or diplomatic persuasion
- Play as one of 24 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
- Long seamless zoom range lets you step right into the game world (right down to eye level) or zoom out for a strategic overview
- Large scale, strategic-level battles with hundreds (or even thousands!) of soldiers, depicted in detail right on the game map
- Watch skilled armies and reinforcements clash, 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
- Develop 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 with technology advancements across cultural, philosophical and religious disciplines
- 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 Era, with new technologies and military units that change the game!
One of the last and biggest additions to the game is a 15-person multiplayer and a Warring States game modes. We plan to eXplore it all in our upcoming review for the game. So, stay tuned to our various channels for more exciting news about the newly released Oriental Empires.