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:

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The port to Source 2013 is complete! Empires can now be started again. The game can finally be played again, and populated servers are now up.

Posted by Trickster on Mar 28th, 2014

Empires 2.50 RC1 has been released.

After a long wait, we've finally managed to port Empires to Source 2013. This means that the game can finally be played again, and large scale development can restart. While this release does have a few new features, changes and whatnot, the majority of the work went into porting the game to a playable version of Source. As such, the next few releases of Empires will be developmental versions, which may be a little buggier than you're used to. Please remember to report any bugs you find on the forums, so that we can get them fixed. Updates will now be hitting the game far more regularly, so keep checking the forums to stay informed

Full Changelog

Added:
+ Ported to Source 2013 Engine (All launch problems resolved).
+ Only download required to play is the base Empires download (Source 2007/2013 base files no longer needed).
+ Added shift build for commanders (Shift can now be held to drop multiple buildings of the same type).
+ Doing a melee attack whilst playing as infantry will interrupt reloading.
+ Vehicle weapons now have reload sounds. (Audible both within and outside the vehicle).
+ Vehicle canons will now quickly reload whilst close to an ammo box/armoury/repair pad.
+ Vehicle and armour damage gradually changes colour depending on damage levels.
+ More controls have been bound by default for new players.
+ New names and descriptions for infantry weapons.
+ New map descriptions (Arid, Canyon, Crossroads, Cyclopean and Isle).
+ Empires specific tray icon when game is minimised.

Fixed:

* Fission Engine overheat bug.
* Fixed some incorrect skill descriptions.
* Fixed missing bushes on emp_midbridge.
* emp_sv_wait_phase_time now updates dynamically (Used on conquest maps to set delay before map start).

Modified:

/ Updated Empires quickstart guide and manual.
/ Changed default scout skill from hide to enhanced senses to promote teamplay.
/ Changed resource income on streetsoffire (-10%), duststorm (-5%), slaughtered (-5%) and canyon (+5%)
/ Stamina upgrade now doubles class adjusted stamina regeneration instead of base stamina regeneration.

Script Changes:

/ Buildings: Resistance vs Explosive Damage Type 85% -> 90% (Will affect HE CN, GL and UGL) - These weapons were never meant to be anti-building. *EXCLUDES TURRETS, CAMERAS, RADARS & WALLS*

Vehicle Armour:

/ Absorbant Armour: Cost 10 -> 5
/ Composite Armour: Regeneration 0.03 -> 0.02, Health 80 -> 75
/ Regenerative Armour: Regeneration 0.1 -> 0.08

Vehicle Engines:

/ 3phase Engine:
Meds: Max Speed 50 -> 45
Heavies/Artillery: Max Speed 45 -> 40
All Vehicles: Passive Heat output while moving 2 -> 3

/ Fission Engine:
Fixed overheat bug

/ Gas Turbine Engine:
Updated description: "This engine excels in raw horsepower, gaining more as the vehicle becomes more damaged. It is much lighter and cheaper than other engines." 

Vehicle Weapons:

/ STD MG: Damage 30 -> 35, Projectile Spread 0.02 -> 0.015, Clip Size 50 -> 60, Reload Time 5.0 -> 3.5
/ CG: Damage 19 -> 22, Weight 60 -> 50
/ MCG: Damage 29 -> 33
/ HEMG: Damage 20 -> 24, Projectile Spread 0.015 -> 0.01, Clip Size 30 -> 40
/ Standard Canon : Damage 40 -> 50, Inertia 2.0 -> 1.5 *TEMP CHANGE* Clip Size 30 -> 10, Total Ammo Clips 0 -> 4
/ Extended Range Canon: Inertia 1.0 -> 0.5 
/ High Explosive Canon: Damage 75 -> 65, Explosion Radius 400 -> 450, Inertia 2.5 -> 3.0 
/ STD ML: Damage 40 -> 50
/ UML: Speed 1800 -> 2500, Clip Size 6 -> 7, Total Ammo Clips 6 -> 7
/ BIO ML: Player Bio Damage 10 -> 5, Player Bio Time 15 -> 30
/ Salvo: Total Ammo Clips 6 -> 10, Clip Size 4 -> 5
/ Guided ML: Damage 50 -> 60
/ Salvo Homing: Damage 43 -> 50
/ UGL: Clip Size 12 -> 8

Vehicle Chassis:

/ APC Base Cost: 50 -> 20
/ APC Base Weight: 30 -> 10
/ LT/AFV/Med/Heavy/Arty Base Cost: 70 -> 30
/ LT/AFV/Med/Heavy/Arty Base Weight: 30 -> 10
/ AFV: Base Cost 150 -> 100
/ LT: Base Cost 200 -> 150
/ NF Med Tank: Max armour plates per side: 4 -> 5, Base Weight 712 -> 632, Base Cost 300 -> 200
/ NF Heavy Tank: Max armour plates per side: 6 -> 7, Base Weight 926 -> 846, Base Cost 900 -> 800

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Zeltrax
Zeltrax Mar 28 2014, 8:03pm says:

Hazar!

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JewelOfRio
JewelOfRio Mar 28 2014, 8:18pm says:

Hooray! :D

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Plasmatic
Plasmatic Mar 29 2014, 4:44am says:

YEAH!

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Rus[T]
Rus[T] Mar 29 2014, 7:39am says:

I need to play this finally!

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WeeGee9000
WeeGee9000 Mar 29 2014, 10:47am says:

Thats what im talking about! :D

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HEVcrab
HEVcrab Mar 29 2014, 11:52am says:

Loading the tutorial level still crashes the game
(I launch it with Create Server->emp_tutorial, looks like it's the only way to do it, as there is no console).

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Trickster
Trickster Mar 30 2014, 5:56am replied:

The tutorial has been disabled due to some serious issues with it at the moment. This release was mainly about getting the game working again.

To be entirely honest, I've been thoroughly impressed with the level of play from a lot of the new players I've seen. They've all been far more inquisitive than we usually have, and they seem really up for learning, so I'm really happy with how things are going in that department. Regardless, a new tutorial will be done at some point, but it'll probably be an entirely new one, so it'll take quite a long time.

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Da-Fort
Da-Fort Mar 29 2014, 3:22pm says:

Sweet!

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Lucífer
Lucífer Apr 1 2014, 1:44pm says:

Day - 932: Still no sign of attack dog.

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