Empires, the award winning Half-Life 2 mod, combines the best of the first person shooter and real-time strategy genres. Fight as either the Northern Faction, remnants of the fallen nation of Jekotia, or as the imperial Brenodi Empire. Empires features:

Four infantry classes

  • Prepare a surprise attack as the scout or take the enemy head-on as the rifleman. Drive back enemy tanks as the grenadier or support your team as the engineer. With four different infantry classes, each with customizable skills, you can create the perfect class to fit your playing style.

Squad-Based Teamwork

  • Players can organize themselves into highly-effective squads, overwhelming their opponents with superior tactics. Squad leaders can not only direct their respective members, but also use special squad powers such as reviving dead squad members or calling down an artillery strike on the enemy.

Vehicle Combat

  • Whether you're ferrying troops around the battlefield with the Armored Personnel Carrier or reigning fire upon your foes with the Artillery tank, Empires features a variety of vehicular combat. Choose from six different vehicle types, including three levels of tanks, and customize your weapons, armor, and engines.

Real-Time Strategy Commander

  • For those more inclined to RTS gameplay, you can play as the commander. Place buildings, build defensive turrets, construct vehicles, and conduct research on your way to leading your team to victory.

With 15 official maps and dozens more community-created ones, no two matches are ever the same. Empires brings FPS/RTS gameplay to a whole new level. Join up today and see what you've been missing.

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Empires 2.7.0 Changelog

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  • Building previews now also print the reason why they cannot be built in their current position on screen, next to the building, which is colored according to the "main" reason. When outside of range, many of the reasons are not shown, to prevent scanning unexplored territory with a building preview to find enemies or enemy buildings. Also, it is no longer disallowed to have a building preview active when there are not enough resources for the building. This means you can have a building positioned beforehand, to place it the exact moment the resources come in.
  • Squad menu is only now shown if you have to wait for commandervote AND have enough teammates.
  • Added release notes since 2011 to {STEAM}\steamapps\common\Empires\empires\releasenotes.txt
  • fixed NF barracks rotation
  • fixed revive bug; revive wouldn't work in some areas of some maps due to buffer overflow
  • fixed wall preview remaining after leaving command view
  • fixed inability to bind semicolon key to commands
  • fixed inconsistent wall height for small walls
  • fixed MG attachment origin
  • fixed collision meshes on BE barracks, armory and VF
  • fixed BE mine cooking (consistent with NF; you can click and hold to play the animation while in a safe spot, and then release the mousebutton to drop the mine immediately)
  • fixed bug; Holding shift and dropping buildings quickly allows you to drop more buildings than you can afford
  • fixed news panel; uses the main websites news archive page
  • fixed various causes of undefined behaviour
  • fixed many assert failures, so that debug builds can run properly
  • fixed a lot of the compiler warnings (generated by Visual Studio, gcc and PVS)
  • fixed shader building on windows
  • fixed brenodi heavy tank's dual cannons going off at an angle
  • swap: gave binocs to scout (no longer "Assault", armour to rifleman)

Balance changes:

  • Nerfed NF heavy slightly; Max Weight 1396 -> 1366, plates on all sides 7 -> 6
  • BE pistol2; 9% less damage; doubled time between shots; decreased headshot damage modifier -25%; made 17% more accurate while standing, 10% more accurate while ducking.
  • NF shotgun pistol deals 9% less damage; .5 s between shots to prevent double-click instakill; increased minimal damage 22%
  • Both smg1's are now less accurate; 25% when standing, 23% when crouched, 26% less accurate while prone
  • (Upgraded) Grenade launcher weight 50 -> 40, explosion radius of UGL decreased 10%

  • HEMG weight 30 -> 40
  • DUMG weight 30 -> 40; DUHGM weight 50 -> 70
  • .50 cal MG weight 70 -> 50; HMG weight 90 -> 65
  • Lowered max weight of NF&BE APCs by 45 (approx. 5%)
  • All APC engines are 10 weight
  • Nerfed reflective hp 10% (80 -> 72)
Empires 2.6.2 Released!

Empires 2.6.2 Released!

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Empires 2.6.2 offers three new vehicel weapons, balance tweaks and bugfixes as the development team prepares for the upcoming GUI rehaul update. Empires...

Empires 2.6.1 Released!

Empires 2.6.1 Released!

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Empires development is in full swing and new content is being added to the game every few weeks! Empires 2.6.1 is a balance & bugfix release.

[Old] Empires 2.6 Released!

[Old] Empires 2.6 Released!

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This is an old changelog for archival purposes. This version was released in 2014.

[Old] Empires 2.52. Released!

[Old] Empires 2.52. Released!

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This is an old changelog for archival purposes. This version was released in 2014.

OLD ARCHIVED VERSION: Empires v2.30 Client Full

OLD ARCHIVED VERSION: Empires v2.30 Client Full

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NOTE: This is an archived version of Empires Mod. Download the latest version of Empires Mod on Steam! This will install the Empires v2.30 client. The...

Empires v2.30 Server Full

Empires v2.30 Server Full

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This is a server installer for Empires v2.30. Please see the Empires Wiki page for installation instruction (wiki.empiresmod.com).

ARCHIVED: Empires v2.30 Client Patch

ARCHIVED: Empires v2.30 Client Patch

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NOTE: This is an archived version of Empires Mod. Download the latest version of Empires Mod on Steam! Install this client patch after you have installed...

ARCHIVED: Empires v2.30 Server Patch

ARCHIVED: Empires v2.30 Server Patch

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NOTE: This is an archived version of Empires Mod. Download the latest version of Empires Mod on Steam! This is a server patch for Empires v2.30. Please...

Empires v2.29 Server Patch

Empires v2.29 Server Patch

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This is a server patch for Empires v2.29. Please see the Empires Wiki page for installation instruction (wiki.empiresmod.com).

ARCHIVED: Empires v2.29 Client Patch

ARCHIVED: Empires v2.29 Client Patch

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NOTE: This is an archived version of Empires Mod. Download the latest version of Empires Mod on Steam! Install this client patch after you have installed...

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Guest
Guest

I have almost 4000 hours playing this game, it never gets boring. Every game enables you to improve your skill. There is no ceiling. Most other games get repetitive and boring, Empires Mod never does. I think my second favorite has 167 hours. If you have not tried Empires Mod - you don't know what you're missing.
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Guest1982
Guest1982

Nice!

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DreamyMoon
DreamyMoon

Where news about version 2.6?And yes,stop killing this mod.

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HEVcrab
HEVcrab

Is the new tutorial map in development? With the current lack of players on servers, it would be nice to have one to help new people get started.

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WiFiDi
WiFiDi

god this mod just keeps on going and going... keep it up!

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Soldier96
Soldier96

are there any bots for this?

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KOYK_GR
KOYK_GR

working bots no(like brains) but bots to stand and take hits i think yes. but you must look for the commands to add them.

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Kazemeka
Kazemeka

Too bad there are no people playing this..

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LordDz
LordDz

There still are, just hop into the servers at the weekends.

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KOYK_GR
KOYK_GR

i always wanted to be a small chance(not on every game) that in mid game to start a combine invasion, and each human team to fight for survival or take the opportunity to eradicate the other team.imagine portal's opening around the map and combine dropship to enter, striders to anihilate tanks. if some one could made a map like that...

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Empires mod is my favourite mod of all time. With a seamless combination of fps and rts, its definitly something that you should try out. It has always been highly rated, coming in the top 10 of moddb's mod of the year awards with the 2.0 release.

Since then there have been numerous additions and balances to make the gameplay refreshing while also updating the graphics.

Empires is a mod you should not pass up!

Nov 11 2007 by petemyster

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