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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9 comments 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

+ 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.


* 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).


/ 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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OLD ARCHIVED VERSION: Empires v2.30 Client Full

OLD ARCHIVED VERSION: Empires v2.30 Client Full

Dec 15, 2010 Full Version 15 comments

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

Dec 10, 2010 Server 3 comments

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

Nov 23, 2010 Patch 7 comments

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ARCHIVED: Empires v2.30 Server Patch

ARCHIVED: Empires v2.30 Server Patch

Nov 23, 2010 Server 0 comments

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Empires v2.29 Server Patch

Empires v2.29 Server Patch

Nov 8, 2010 Server 0 comments

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

Nov 8, 2010 Patch 7 comments

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betozg Feb 1 2012, 11:38pm says:

dead? any server? ... it looks good!

+4 votes     reply to comment
complete_ Feb 4 2012, 4:31pm replied:

Nope! Definitely not dead.

+4 votes     reply to comment
vizio. Feb 6 2012, 2:08pm replied:

Unless you count the Viper server that shut down due to a lac of population. Only populated server is in the UK and ran by the person that has done the most damage to this mod.

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complete_ Feb 7 2012, 10:21pm replied:

Viper did not shut down due to lack of population. They shut down due to 2-3 people poaching, and being generally unappreciative towards the server owners. And they are thinking of bringing it back until the next billing cycle comes.
Vizio, if all you're going to do is spread misinformation because you feel you've been wronged, then just stop. Leave your drama out of here, its extremely irritating to read.

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vizio. Feb 8 2012, 1:49pm replied:

Complete, Are you really suggesting that a server that is fully populated would shut down due to 2-3 people ??? Are you that retarded ? There is only enough people to populate 1 server during peak times. 1-3 hrs a day. I am sure Viper owners are a little ****** with the shady tactics Epic pulled to steal population. PS. No viper = no US servers. So not just I was wronged but all US and Canadian players have been wronged.

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complete_ Feb 9 2012, 7:54pm replied:

I saw your post on the forums about how the Euro dev team is conspiring against Americans (even though one is Canadian). Please get help, and stop clogging up this comment box. No one cares about your vendetta.

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vizio. Feb 9 2012, 10:43pm replied:

What I said was "it's n secret Trickster and other Devs don't like Americans" Nothing about conspiring. They openly admit their dislike for Americans. I also never said all devs. Their is a few I respect. "Empty, and Beerdude" I also have no vendetta.

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Chakanram Jul 3 2012, 8:06am replied:

Its not uncommon to dislike Americans but that doesnt affect gameplay for NA players anyhow. Actualy, it is US server that is most populated.
But the point is - stop spamming mod's comment box with your nonsense, it doesnt related to mod anyhow.

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Nice.C Dec 27 2011, 2:51pm says:

I keep getting "invalid steam ticket" and "buffer overload" I tried it today and it would let me go on for 10 secounds then say invalid steam ticket.
Cna some one help.

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vizio. Jan 1 2012, 6:50pm replied:

1. Log out of steam.
2. Close steam
3. Open task manager and make sure it is closed
4. Delete ClientRegistry.blob and userdata
5. restart your computer
6. start steam and log in.

If that fails go to steam settings then download + cloud. Pick a different download region.

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complete_ Dec 27 2011, 4:36pm replied:

to fix the invalid steam ticket error, try deleting ClientRegistry.blob
if that doesnt work, try deleting your userdata folder in Steam/userdata (it seems to be a problem with most mods)

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vizio. Dec 14 2011, 8:56pm says:

WOW...A few rounds that had 1 server populated....I must be wrong then. So 9 months of no updates and 1 some what populated server...That is isn't a dead mod ??? What is your definition of dead then ? So I guess the devs goal is to have a none updated game that has 1 half full server maybe twice a week. If that is the goal then great job. Sucks for us that play the game but what ever. I guess all the other mods like dods, gmod, and so on had it wrong with all of the updates and full servers. A half full server twice a week hmm...seems like a crappy goal but great idea Grantrithor

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LordDz Dec 1 2011, 1:53pm says:

Download it from steam, do NOT download it from this site.
You will get an old version if you download it from the site.

Good luck ingame, and read the manual! (Seriously, do it).

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vizio. Dec 1 2011, 2:26pm buried:


Don't waist your time. This mod is almost dead. Only 1 serve populated and it rarely ever gets full.

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LordDz Dec 3 2011, 7:58am replied:

Nice logic.

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vizio. Oct 28 2011, 4:09am says:

Great game....too bad it is almost a dead mod. Thanks mostly to the DEVS. Thank you empires developers...you killed the best game that has ever been made.

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Beerdude26 Dec 4 2011, 11:26am replied:

"This mod is almost dead. Thanks mostly to the DEVS."
I sorely hope you mean the previous head developer here, as everyone else in the dev team has worked tirelessly to not only get aforementioned dev OUT of the team, we are also now hard at work repairing the enormous damage he has caused to this mod.

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vizio. Dec 4 2011, 1:36pm replied:

Beerdude you seem to know what your doing and Empty seems to be pushing his stuff out. But the others.....The problem is leadership, All the devs do their own thing and that leads to nothing getting done. Since steam release there has been NO update.

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Lithium-Powered Nov 17 2011, 4:37am replied:

well the mod is dead because of the extremely hostile community scaring all the new players away.

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vizio. Dec 1 2011, 2:24pm replied:

The hostile community is just following the example the devs and clan leaders like Trickster set. When you have an ignorant A-hole in charge you can't expect the community to treat new people all warm and fuzzy. Its just simple logic Sh*t runs down hill. Dev/ admin treats player like sh*t = Player treats new player like sh*t.

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LordDz Dec 3 2011, 8:00am replied:

and your extremely friendly opinions will bring joy and love the mod?

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vizio. Dec 3 2011, 2:00pm replied:

No...I am one of the people that flame new players......f*ucking steam noobs....I hate the so much.

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grantrithor Dec 3 2011, 8:41pm replied:

No one listen to Vizio, hes a ******** who thinks he can debate windows xp.

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vizio. Dec 3 2011, 10:25pm replied:

Don't get me wrong. I love Empires but I am not going to spread lies on forums to promote it. The mod is basically dead. Around certain times it will peak to about 30 people playing but most of the time it is more around 15. Then at night it drops to 0-8. So grantrithor You say don't listen to me...K. Don't listen to me check the facts. http://www.game-monitor.com/empires2_GameServer/
Players:40 / 54 (average: 11.6)

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LordDz Dec 13 2011, 12:27am replied:

Don't get my wrong, I love this mod, but I'm going to post hateful comments about it and try to get as many people as possible to avoid downloading it.

But don't get me wrong, I love the mod.

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vizio. Dec 13 2011, 2:03am replied:

As much as I do love Empires....I love Moddb more. It is what brought me to Empires and other great mods. My comments are not aimed at being hateful just truthful. As I have stated NOT 1 update has been released since being on steam. The servers are almost always lightly populated 1:53am eastern time and Empires servers are dead. only 2 AFK people on the server. No updates + no players = DEAD MOD. Sorry if you think this is hateful but it is the truth.Also my comments are not to have people avoid downloading this great mod but to inform them of the current status of the mod & to preserve the integrity of Moddb.
If you want more positive comments then release an update and get the servers populated.

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grantrithor Dec 13 2011, 8:40pm replied:

I love your logic vizio, you love the game, so when it is doing bad you try to scare even more players away from it so it does worse. And guess what, now you are attempting to save face, as you always do, such as trying to find evidence that it is failing by using stats at 1:53 am EST. people have jobs and school the next day (actually that same day) they are sleeping, not going to be playing a game. Stop being detrimental, you are worse then mrdie, at least he left us alone.

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vizio. Dec 13 2011, 9:21pm replied:

Most of the time you get 1 chance with new people. For them to download the game now to find empty servers is fullish. Instead tell the truth right now the mod is dead. When an update is released and all the old members come back. Then ask people to try Empires. Yes people have jobs and school the next day so that means they can play other games but not Empires ??? Other mods and games keep full servers 24/7 and some day maybe Empires will also but for now it is dead. It's a shame but TRUE. Unlike mrdie I play Empires 1416.8 hrs since the steam release and god only knows how many hrs b4. It is a great mod but if I had downloaded it with the severs being as dead as they are now I would have deleted it and moved onto something else.

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LordDz Dec 14 2011, 7:11pm replied:

Vizio, this is going to suprise you a lot, so I'm going to take it very slow.

When people download mods, the playerbase of those mods, increase.
Amazing isn't it?

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vizio. Dec 14 2011, 7:31pm replied:

Normally yes "When people download mods, the player base of those mods, increase. EXCEPT WHEN THE SERVERS ARE DEAD. You need people playing the mod to get the new people to keep playing. 5 vs 5 with all new people...hmm don't think they will be able to full understand how great Empires is when they have no clue how to do anything. but wtf ever Lordz It's nice that you and others can find so much time stating how not dead this mod but how much do you play Empires ?

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grantrithor Dec 14 2011, 7:48pm replied:

>> implying that servers are dead.
then explain this ----> Dl.dropbox.com
that doesn't look like 5 vs 5 to me, it looks like a healthy game of 13 vs 14, and just the other day on Sunday [VIPER] was filled to the brim with players. Again, your statistics are terrible, especially seeing as how we are a sourcemod that can have 50 players all at one time, if you were to actually do research you would see that our only real competitor is insurgency, which has some 300+ players.

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vizio. Dec 14 2011, 10:21pm replied:

Make it easy for all new people. B4 you download check "http://www.game-monitor.com/GameSearch/empires2/Teamplay.html" A 3rd party server tracker that tells the truth about server population. Feel free to click all the servers and see the average population. Also you can see in the middle of this page that the last update was 9 months ago and that was just the steam release. So am I wrong or is moddb and www.game-monitor.com Wrong ? No updates and very little population.

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LordDz Dec 15 2011, 10:17am replied:

Why do you want it to be dead so much?
I mean, if you really think it's dead, just shut up and go play something else. Otherwise, play the mod and enjoy it.

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vizio. Dec 15 2011, 2:42pm replied:

I don't want it dead. I would love to have full servers 24/7. But that takes devs pushing out updates + new maps " not crap like minigames that kills the server population every time".

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LordDz Dec 16 2011, 12:10am replied:

But if you want to have full servers, stop trying to scare away people from playing the mod and actually improve the mod yourself rather than asking others to do all the work.

If you really want the mod to have full servers, then play it with your friends, if you have any.

Also, you want the Devs to release updates, if that's so, why haven't I seen you in the latest tests?

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vizio. Dec 16 2011, 1:41am replied:

I am most likely the person that plays Empires the most. About 60 hrs + every week. So your saying that people shouldn't expect developers to develop the game the they are the developers of ??? HMMM....that is kind of weird. Why are they still even considered Empires developers then ? By test you mean crash sessions right ??? 1. Map loads 2.select class 3. SERVER CRASH.....opps forgot to select a team first :P The only Dev that I have seen get anything done is Empty."BTW great Nuke particles Empty" You kind of contradict your self Lordz. You say population is fine but then you blame the reason for no update is a lack of testers ???

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LordDz Dec 16 2011, 7:58am replied:

I haven't said that the population is fine.

However, I've said that you don't get more people to play a mod, if you scare them away in the first place.

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vizio. Dec 16 2011, 2:23pm replied:

No...Getting new people is not the problem......keeping them is. New people try Empires every day. They just don't stick around. So like I said. Maybe if the Devs would do their job and release an update then old players would come back and play more. Then new people would get a chance to see how great Empires is. Currently devs are doing more harm then good by doing nothing. Get off your power trip, stop being lazy , and release an update. It's been about a year since the last one. "not counting steam release"

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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!

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