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

Patch 6 comments

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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HEVcrab
HEVcrab

Tried the tutorial level after the update (Create server, map emp_tutorial)...it still crashes.
Rushing into battle without training makes new players easy prey.
BTW, how can I bring out the console in Empires?
There are no more Keyboard advanced options.

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Bloodvayne
Bloodvayne

Damn I wish I could see this game revived back to it's former glory of masses of people playing. It was and still is such a great mod.

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Trickster Creator
Trickster

Well, now's your chance! We've had a full 64 player server going the last 4 nights and the playercount is soaring. Get yourself ingame again!

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bornloser
bornloser

I used to love this mod, hope it goes standalone like natural selection did.

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PunishedLamia
PunishedLamia

It sort of is standalone because it no longer requires Half-Life 2 to play.

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Tony15Groce
Tony15Groce

I finally figured out how to fix the crash :D

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HEVcrab
HEVcrab

Which one? The one caused by spawning on tutorial levels?

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Dune_Jumper
Dune_Jumper

I downloaded the Steam version, but every time I try to launch the game, I get this error message:

"MountAppFilesystem() failed:
SteamMountAppFilesystem(17740, 4294967295, 0x175bf9e4) failed with error 5: No CS online with App 17741 Ver 0"

What can I do to fix this?

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Dune_Jumper
Dune_Jumper

Never mind, I found a fix for it: Forums.empiresmod.com

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Adrian117
Adrian117

2.41? Where can I download 2.41? Downloads I see are 2.3

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complete_
complete_

its on steam!
go to Store.steampowered.com or just Install :)

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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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