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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.

Posted by mootant on Mar 12th, 2011

  • 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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Yronno Mar 12 2011, 10:14pm says:


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Broken_Broker Mar 13 2011, 10:14pm replied:

In case anyone wonders, here is the link to the download on Steam:

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Hendar23 Mar 12 2011, 10:19pm says:

Wow. Really? Wow. Congrats! Never thought it would happen.

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purplehaze412 Mar 12 2011, 10:22pm says:

**** YES!

This has made my day.

Getting back into the game nao....

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Maxen1416 Mar 12 2011, 10:25pm says:

FINALLY! what took it so long?

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Valhyn Mar 12 2011, 11:20pm says:


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JuQu Mar 13 2011, 3:06am says:

This is great news. Empires really deserved this.

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chaklong Mar 13 2011, 3:07am says:

^Tons of happy people, above!^

Good job getting it on steam :D

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barronofhellion Mar 13 2011, 5:06am says:

congrats krenzo ... long live emp_slaughtered

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mootant Author
mootant Mar 13 2011, 2:47pm replied:

I don't know what it has to do with Krenzo.

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Morthon Mar 13 2011, 6:10am says:

Wtf..? o-o but empires has been on steam for at least a year now... >__> This is great, but still old news D:

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mootant Author
mootant Mar 13 2011, 2:47pm replied:

No, it hasn't been.

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zaglis Mar 13 2011, 6:37am says:

But..where is it? Somewhere buried? The MODS section has been removed and there isnt really a way to view all the steamworks HL2 mods anymore.

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Connor_T Mar 13 2011, 12:28pm replied:

Just search for Empires, it's the third or fourth down the list.

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Mkilbride Mar 13 2011, 6:58am says:

Morthon, it hasn't been on Steam for a year...they've been talking about it for a year.

Hey, if this is happening, I hope NeoTokyo gets on Steamworks to get MUCH NEED EXPOSURE OF THE NEW VERSION WITH IRONSIGHTS COMING TO YOU THIS YEAR. :P

I mean hell, Gabe himself visited the NT devs, if they don't get on Steamworks, I find that a crying shame.

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KindredPhantom Mar 13 2011, 8:41am replied:

Gabe visited an office where one of the NeoTokyo devs worked. Plus this news is about Empires finally getting steamworks. Well deserved guys.

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Expack Mar 13 2011, 4:51pm replied:

Technically, the mod WAS on Steam before, but you couldn't actually DOWNLOAD the mod through Steam - the mod page only linked to the old Empires homepage (which I'm sure caused quite a few "WT*" moments). Regardless, congrats to the Empires mod team on this real-world achievement!

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EvilAngel Mar 13 2011, 5:55pm replied:

Dude you get around O_O you been posting on everysingle mod i have looked at today O_O

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Awesome_ninja Mar 13 2011, 7:18pm replied:

meh... no one even plays it anymore anyways, and it's just a spin-off of CSS gameplay; aka nothing spectacular like this mod

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Mkilbride Mar 14 2011, 3:11am replied:

Some play it, and it's vastly different than CS:S.

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Magnusm1 Mar 13 2011, 7:45am says:

I guess that means...achievements!

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lethal_vortex Mar 13 2011, 10:14am says:

Good job :)

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Sharkz Mar 13 2011, 10:54am says:

Reported on this when it happened a few days ago Glad to see more mods getting the Steam treatment!

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Karriz Mar 13 2011, 12:23pm says:

Great news, I think I have to give this one more try. Empires really seems to be interesting but it surely requires some time to get into.

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chsignal Mar 13 2011, 1:05pm says:

This is very nice news. I hope more people will now see what they missed.

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Helios265 Mar 13 2011, 2:39pm says:

yay congrats!

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sappy_nirv_bg Mar 13 2011, 6:30pm says:

Congrats, let's hope there is more to come from you.

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SinKing Mar 13 2011, 7:51pm says:

Empires is great. Shame I don't play it anymore. Maybe that will change now? ...maybe

while mods were always hard to find on Steam it's nice to see some of the more deserved ones get a proper treatment now.

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KaiMan32 Mar 14 2011, 9:29am says:

Hooray, now I don't have to manually download the mod and patches :D

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xXMaNiAcXx Mar 14 2011, 4:47pm says:

Had seem it a while ago, congratulations, you deserved to go there! Love this!

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Da-Fort Mar 16 2011, 9:22am says:

Bout damn time!

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PrivRyan Mar 16 2011, 11:55pm says:

This is awesome. Just played a skrim with some folks, holy damn that was fun.

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gerrit555 Nov 27 2012, 10:41pm says:

can someone help me my computer freezes every time i join a server

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