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 next public release of Empires, Beta 2 or 2.0 if you desire, will soon be available to you. After roughly twenty internal releases to our play testers, we've developed Empires into a version that is faster, better looking, bug free, and very optimized compared to the last public version (1.07).

Posted by Krenzo on Oct 17th, 2007

The next public release of Empires, Beta 2 or 2.0 if you desire, will soon be available to you. After roughly twenty internal releases to our play testers, we've developed Empires into a version that is faster, better looking, bug free, and very optimized compared to the last public version (1.07). Features that people have asked for since 1.0 such as a better squad management interface, an interface to vote in a commander at map start, and others are now included. The networking code has undergone some major improvements. Many people were satisfied with 1.07's networking, but that wasn't good enough for us. With Beta 2, we've optimized the networking code to use 50% less bandwidth compared to 1.07. Our internal testing sessions have reached up to 46 players in a single game.

Read the full update with more pictures at Empiresmod.com.

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JoffL
JoffL Oct 17 2007, 8:47pm says:

Woooo! *dances*

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Betelgeuze
Betelgeuze Oct 18 2007, 3:16am says:

This looks and sounds great! I think Ill give it another try.

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arkythesharky
arkythesharky Oct 17 2007, 3:53pm says:

Yay! :D

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Mayama
Mayama Oct 17 2007, 6:12pm says:

Wuhuhu finaly :)

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rofl106
rofl106 Oct 17 2007, 10:52pm says:

this is *very* good news if it plays out to be true. I have no doubt that this mod can reach a high level of greatness, but in the first release, the bugs really hindered everything. If it runs twice as well... I'm definitely in

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ROOR20
ROOR20 Nov 16 2007, 10:50am replied:

You won't be dissapointed. If you enjoyed the last public version, you will stick around after this one.

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Hunt77
Hunt77 Oct 18 2007, 3:56am says:

sounds good

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sickre
sickre Oct 18 2007, 4:19am says:

Empires was really good, before the restrictions on vehicle weights and total number (as well as research I think) were introduced. It killed the game since vehicles were its whole reason for existence.

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Krenzo
Krenzo Oct 18 2007, 4:41am says:

Vehicle weight limits and max number of vehicles were always in the game. You're thinking of the speed at which resource nodes gave resources to build. That was toned down after 1.0 because no one cared about getting more resource nodes since one or two was plenty. It sounds like you only played up until 1.03 or around there. Everything has been tweaked since 1.07 for the better, and we've been tweaking and balancing the game for the past year in private with lots of testers giving feedback. If you ever thought Empires was fun, then you will enjoy Beta 2. Just give it a chance.

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MCDT
MCDT Oct 18 2007, 7:32am says:

Ye, try it before you rate it!
The new weight system is better now. No more ubertanks with full armor AND full weapons!

It will be so awesome! I cant wait :P!

Krenzo, have you uploaded some pics for the new explosions yet?

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rofl106
rofl106 Oct 18 2007, 8:02am says:

zomg new explosions? I really do get tired of those HL2 explosions though since EVERY mod uses them.

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Krenzo
Krenzo Oct 18 2007, 3:09pm says:

I have pictures of the new explosions ready to be posted, but I'm holding onto them for a later news post.

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Krenzo
Krenzo Oct 18 2007, 9:14pm says:

We're planning on releasing without the Ep 2 SDK. It would add more work and testing if we switched. We plan on switching after Beta 2 is released as the support for multiple cpus is highly desired for both players and servers.

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