Battle of Empires :1914-1918 is a story driven RTS, that re-lives some of the bloodiest battles of “The Great War”. The missions include some of the most fearsome weaponary employed of the period. Sabotage, stealth, trench warfare, gas attacks, artillery and mobile infantry - BoE has it all!
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Release Date: Jul 22, 2015

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August 26

Update 1.438



• Fixed incorrect horse animation bug
• Preparation of the game for the release of the Ottoman campaign
• Minor bug fixes in singleplayer missions

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June 13

Competition "Best map for "Battle of Empires: 1914-1918" canceled.



Unfortunately we have to cancel our competition "Best map for "Battle of Empires: 1914-1918"". It's pretty sad for us, but looks like it's not that thing that can be interested for our community.

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Battle of Empires :1914-1918 is a story driven RTS, that re-lives some of the bloodiest battles of “The Great War”. The missions include some of the most fearsome weaponary employed of the period. Sabotage, stealth, trench warfare, gas attacks, artillery and mobile infantry - BoE has it all!

The first campaign of the series - Battle of Empires: France - is devoted to the battles between the French and German armies on the Western Front.
The second campaign- Battle of Empires: Russian Empire - is devoted to the battles between the Russian and German armies on the Eastern front. Both of these campaigns are included in the base game.

Gameplay is similar to other Men of War based titles, with the ability to control your men, at divisional, squad and soldier levels.

The graphics have been developed to show the beauty and horrors of “The Great War”.

To extend the playability of BoE, various multiplayer modes are included to allow competitive gameplay with up to 8 players able to participate in any one battle cross a variety of loctions.

So what are you waiting for soldier? The battlefeild awaits your command!

features

  • realism

The game recreates battles of First World War as realistically as possible - each unit has a personal inventory and weapons, vehicle damage is calculated by the thickness and inclination of armour, guns differ in calibers and available types of shells.
  • Authenticity
    Our game recreates the atmosphere of the era of the First World War - uniforms and vehicles were made from sketches and drawings of the time of the World War I, game maps are based on real locations of hostilities. Gas attacks, shrapnel shells, horses, involvement of first tanks and flamethrowers, and many other features of the First World War have been implemented in the game.
  • Tactics
    The basis of gameplay of the Battle of Empires is management of your infantry squads, organisation of their cooperation and skillful use of the vehicles provided to you. You will have to solve complex tactical problems with different possible outcomes, that can change the course of the mission.
  • Game environment can also be used to your advantage - all objects can be destroyed to create a path for infantry or used as a cover from enemy fire.
  • Co-op
    Each story mission is available in cooperative mode - you can fight and complete the missions with three other players (4 including yourself).
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    System Requirements

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    Mac OS X
    SteamOS + Linux
      Minimum:
      • OS: Windows XP SP3
      • Processor: 2 GHz Intel Dual Core processor
      • Memory: 2 GB RAM
      • Graphics: 3D Hardware Accelerator Card Required – 100% DirectX 9.0c compatible 128 MB Video Memory. ATI® Radeon® 9600 or Nvidia® GeForce® 5900
      • DirectX: Version 9.0c
      • Network: Broadband Internet connection
      • Storage: 6 GB available space
      • Sound Card: OpenAL Compatible Sound Card
      Recommended:
      • OS: Windows 7 or Windows 8
      • Processor: 3 GHz Intel Quad Core processor
      • Memory: 8 GB RAM
      • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 or AMD Radeon HD 7750 with 1 GB VRAM or better
      • DirectX: Version 9.0c
      • Network: Broadband Internet connection
      • Storage: 6 GB available space
      • Sound Card: OpenAL Compatible Sound Card
      Minimum:
      • OS: Intel Mac, OS X version 10.9 (Mavericks)
      • Processor: Intel Core i5-1.4GHz
      • Memory: 4 GB RAM
      • Graphics: 3D Hardware Accelerator Card Required - OpenGL 3.0 compatible
      • Storage: 6 GB available space
      • Sound Card: OpenAL Compatible Sound Card
      Recommended:
      • OS: Intel Mac, OS X version 10.11 (El Capitan)
      • Processor: Intel Core i7-2.2GHz
      • Memory: 8 GB RAM
      • Graphics: Intel Iris Pro or NVidia GeForce GTX 750M
      • Storage: 6 GB available space
      • Sound Card: OpenAL Compatible Sound Card
      Minimum:
      • OS: Ubuntu 12.04
      • Processor: 2 GHz Intel Dual Core processor
      • Memory: 4 GB RAM
      • Graphics: 3D Hardware Accelerator Card Required - OpenGL 3.0 compatible
      • Storage: 6 GB available space
      • Sound Card: OpenAL Compatible Sound Card
      Recommended:
      • OS: Ubuntu 15.04
      • Processor: Intel Core i5-2.5GHz
      • Memory: 8 GB RAM
      • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 or AMD Radeon HD 7750 with 1 GB VRAM or better
      • Storage: 6 GB available space
      • Sound Card: OpenAL Compatible Sound Card
    Customer reviews
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    Recent:
    Mixed (25 reviews)
    Overall:
    Mixed (1,127 reviews)
    Recently Posted
    Skinhead
    42.9 hrs
    Posted: August 26
    Disapointing, never patched even when you send in a report buggy and crashy, dont buy men of war either.
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    JUNO
    28.2 hrs
    Posted: August 25
    If you like world war strategy games or have played men of war assult squad this game is for you
    Helpful? Yes No Funny
    Toastymctoastface
    15.7 hrs
    Posted: August 24
    good
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    Provo
    1.1 hrs
    Posted: August 24
    Im pretty sure this is a mod for Men of War late 2010 with the same name and same concept (i first found this in moddb)

    pros
    -WW 1
    -game editor
    -modable

    cons
    -the trenches are more likely as used in WW 2 wich is it just a cover not as dogout system or a shelter (i think "no man's land" are impossible here)

    so far 6/10
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    Scorpio
    0.7 hrs
    Posted: August 22
    Utter Trash
    If you played Vietnam men of war, the editor in this one is just as broke and crashes alot,with the same problems,men just stand and get shot...just trash.

    Only 2 men of war that are garbage imo.

    Gonna see if i can get a refund on this one as it is a waste of 35 bucks.
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    Will_the_Liam126
    48.6 hrs
    Posted: August 20
    Very fun game but its very similar to Men of War. But I prefer this over MoW.
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    justdiscoveredfire
    79.4 hrs
    Posted: August 16
    Some members from the Men of War game series team decided that they were going to do their own spin-off. This is Battle of Empires: 1914-1918, with exact gameplay and animations from the Men of War games. There are five different campaigns in this game. France, Russia, the United Kingdom, the German Empire, and Blazings Guns; which focuses on the usage of tanks used by the French, British, and Germans. The Battle of Empires: 1914-1918 focuses on one of history's most pivotal conflicts; World War I, the war that determined the fate of the 20th Century and beyond. With the result of over 13 million combantant deaths for reasons that historians still are debating. I think of this game as a celebration for the 100th anniversary of the war, and to remind us that we as a world are slowly forgetting what this men went through in one of the deadliest and most destructive conflict the world had ever witnessed.
    Sure, World War II saw more death and destruction when compared with World War I, but there is a reason why historians call WWII "the Good Fight" it was fought for good reasons, like ending war atrocities, preventing the spread of a Fascist Germany and Imperial Japan, and seeing justice to many war crimes commited by the Axis powers. But for WWI, what were the reasons? Simply treaties and alliances that literally dragged all of Europe into the conflict. I think of WWI as a bar fight, two guys start and next thing you know, everyone else has joined in. You see men being slaughtered by the thousands for a pieces of terroritory that hold no real strategical value and watch as rulers and commanders put more value on the ground than on human lives. Battles like Verdun and the Somme, which witnessed on nearly 3 million deaths for so little strategical gains, it was when the old met the new on the battlefield, where machine-guns mow down dozens of men in mere seconds and heavy artillery pounding away leaving the land to a nightmarish and desoluate wastelands of both mud and blood. A war which saw the value of a soldier being outweighed by the value of a simple yard of ground, which led to nothing but death and wastes on both lives and resources.
    This game does not have good graphics when compared with Men of War: Assault Squad 2 and the voice acting is pretty awkward and not good, but the game still captures the brutality of the war that was overall nothing more than a waste of human lives. This game should deserve a lot of credit for both visually and mentally capturing the grimly and horrific aspects of the Great War and this game brings a sense of honor by telling the stories that millions have not lived to tell the tale and that the world is slowly forgetting it. I would let this game become a symbol that we should never forget what these brave and poor souls had to endure while back at their homes, their families and neighbors still would see war as a glourios fantasy. It was a time where the soldier dies in the most brutal and inhumane manner while the world just sat there oblivious to the horrors of that war and continued to send young men to the slaughterhouse.
    This game is a must-buy and I absolutely enjoy this game, for it still tells us that infamous (and yet somewhat ironic due to how now people today see the war) slogan; "Lest we ever Forget". Don't forget, people, don't forget what these men did and to those who survived, what they had to live with to the end of their days.
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    smcloughlin999
    15.7 hrs
    Posted: August 15
    its brutal, no players online and brings you into other packages you dont have so you must exit, wouldnt go near it
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    Jamman35
    76.6 hrs
    Posted: August 14
    3 problems. Shoddy voice acting, painful to listen to but still I can deal with it. There needs to be a late war american missions (the skins are already in the multiplayer so why not add single player) and also add a belgium set of missions becase its quite bare to pay 30 quid for. Also please complete the British missions. Reveiw: Its a very fun game if you pay £30 for it the base game is just a base for 3.99 to download dlc onto.
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    mrmusicmaker8
    1.6 hrs
    Posted: August 7
    I came for the editor, all I got was one mission and no editor.
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    Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
    4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
    1 person found this review funny
    Not Recommended
    0.7 hrs on record
    Posted: August 22
    Utter Trash
    If you played Vietnam men of war, the editor in this one is just as broke and crashes alot,with the same problems,men just stand and get shot...just trash.

    Only 2 men of war that are garbage imo.

    Gonna see if i can get a refund on this one as it is a waste of 35 bucks.
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    5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
    Recommended
    1.1 hrs on record
    Posted: August 24
    Im pretty sure this is a mod for Men of War late 2010 with the same name and same concept (i first found this in moddb)

    pros
    -WW 1
    -game editor
    -modable

    cons
    -the trenches are more likely as used in WW 2 wich is it just a cover not as dogout system or a shelter (i think "no man's land" are impossible here)

    so far 6/10
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    3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
    1 person found this review funny
    Not Recommended
    15.7 hrs on record
    Posted: August 15
    its brutal, no players online and brings you into other packages you dont have so you must exit, wouldnt go near it
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    1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
    Not Recommended
    42.9 hrs on record
    Posted: August 26
    Disapointing, never patched even when you send in a report buggy and crashy, dont buy men of war either.
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    3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
    1 person found this review funny
    Not Recommended
    1.6 hrs on record
    Posted: August 7
    I came for the editor, all I got was one mission and no editor.
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    580 of 633 people (92%) found this review helpful
    35 people found this review funny
    Not Recommended
    41.3 hrs on record
    Posted: July 21, 2015
    It was fun at first, and sending waves of copy-pasted soldiers into the meat grinder in the editor is hours of entertainment, but I can't recommend this game just to save others from dissapointment.

    I'll start with the elephant in the room, the devs are almost cartoonishly greedy it seems. They've cut the legs off the game to sell to us as DLC. It's analagous to selling someone a car, and then selling them a season pass that includes the rear-view mirror, the trunk door, and the two rear wheels.

    Otherwise, the game fails to in any way captre the brutality of the first world war. This is do in part to the failing of the Gem engine to be able to accurately portray this, but nonetheless I expect more to that end from a project of this scale. Trench Warfare was frequently brutal hand to hand combat, but all this seems to depict is lazy potshots at one another from across no mans land. Artillery is frequently so weak it's virtually useless, failing to do any significant damage before the enemy has a chance to bandage themselves. The addition of horses was interesting at a glance, but the soldiers can't do anything from horseback, so attempting to make cavalry charges just results in a lot of dead horses. Hardly spectacular. Gas is rarely used in the campaign, and it's always a cutscene, watching a trenchful of your men just die without any kind of reaction. Nobody puts on the gasmasks that are clearly in their inventory, no body attemtps to run or seek shelther from it. It's like gassing mannequins.

    All in all, a very poor depiction of World War One. Look elsewhere.

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    A developer has responded on Dec 29, 2015 @ 12:52am
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    389 of 432 people (90%) found this review helpful
    13 people found this review funny
    Not Recommended
    26.5 hrs on record
    Posted: July 25, 2015
    Selling TANKS for 7 dollars? Are you insane? Should not be DLC, I played this game before it was fully released and we had tanks, not to mention, any modder could make some tank missions. Also, selling campaigns for seperate? I'm sorry, but the people who made this game are MUCH smaller than they think they are to be charging such prices for such things, they're not EA or some big company where their cashgrabs often seem not to matter, this can kill small games. The actual game is decent, but it is like a mod for Men of War: Assault Squad. Trouble is, this WAS a mod, however it seems the biggest change they've made is putting much of their content behind paywalls. Shame on the developers of this game. Their game is not worth 20 dollars, plus 7 dollars, plus 10 plus 10. They are stacking DLCs that should be included in a game not worth 30 dollars trying to make it worth 60 or 70.
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    A developer has responded on Jul 27, 2015 @ 7:49am
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    186 of 209 people (89%) found this review helpful
    10 people found this review funny
    Recommended
    146.5 hrs on record
    Early Access Review
    Posted: December 10, 2014
    -Recommended Title-

    I have followed BoE since it first appeared on Greenlight, and have been eager to get my hands on a copy. Well, my eagerness has not been dulled since purchasing and playing this early access ww1 game.

    The gameplay is the typical MoW style, with objectives to be completed in order to progress. The models and overall graphics are well suited to the era - and should look quite amazing with the rtm version. No performance issues running on a Windows 8.1 laptop (..mine has 4GBRAM /500GB HDD/Intel HD &Radeon 3670m 2GB (Hybrid) graphics with the settings all maxxed out).

    There are many types of units and equipment included in the "ea" release. So far I've played with the Infantry, Artillery, Mounted rifles, a British tank (and yes, they make excellent target practice for the Germans), support troops (ran a telephone line! ...and threw smoke to call in arty). All seems to be well represented and functional.

    Missions and factions are limited right now, but more content will be added over time.

    There is a passable tutorial, which is good enough to get you started - and a fairly challenging but enjoyable first mission. There are 8 missions, I think, in the current campaign.

    The ambient sounds are good, although the gun fire does sound a bit "wrong". The voice overs are definately wrong - but funny at the same time. I feel I'm in command of a rag tag company :P

    There are ingame options to select, although I could not get the music to go lower than the tutorial captains voice - so he was hard to hear.

    Overall, straight off the digital shelf - this is an awesome effort by the developers in bringing a ww1 rts to life. It's definately worth adding to the list.. and if you are wondering, it's similar to the CoH mod: The Great War 1918, and of course if you own CoH and/or the Men of War series you know what to expect gameplay and graphics wise.
    No crashes or glitches have been encountered - after 1.4 hours of gameplay.

    Review Update 3.5 hrs playtime: Having played around 3.5 hours now - I have had one crash, after playing a MP match and was in the lobby chatting away. ALT+TAB'd out and when I went to ALT+TAB back in, the game threw an exception. Not a show stopper tho. Just relaunched the game.

    Review Update 6.4 hrs playtime: Had a few 2v1/2v2/3v3 multiplayer matches - and all I can say is "wow" . The mp is epic! And very true to the murderous "advance with rifle" ww1, strategies.

    It has to be played to be experienced...

    Review Update 13.4 hrs playtime: Having alot of fun in the single player campaign - I have progressed to the 3rd mission (Night before the offensive). It's a stealth mission which brings in quite an interesting element to the game. I've been playing mostly multiplayer - and really enjoying it. I do struggle with the limited squad selection ability, but it does mean a bit more micromanagement - hopefully this gets improved and greater troop numbers are made available to the player. 3v3 is still epic tho!


    "The tides may turn, only after many souls have fallen."



    Early Access Score: 8.5/10
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    210 of 242 people (87%) found this review helpful
    13 people found this review funny
    Not Recommended
    16.8 hrs on record
    Pre-Release Review
    Posted: July 28, 2015
    is this some kind of ♥♥♥♥ing sick joke? i bought this game on early release with everything included. i expect what was presented. French, British, Russian and German campaign single player by the time it was finished. now these ♥♥♥♥ing scumbags are selling the campaigns seperately? this is outrageously criminal. they took out the tanks too which they included when we bought it in early access. i'm pretty sure this is breaking some sort of contract/licensing?
    the game is mediocre at that too. the units are scarce, i was expecting much more, i have seen mods even better than this.

    this is truly criminal. how can this piece of ♥♥♥♥ company have the audacity to sell a season pass?
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    A developer has responded on Jul 29, 2015 @ 8:54am
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    311 of 386 people (81%) found this review helpful
    20 people found this review funny
    Not Recommended
    28.4 hrs on record
    Early Access Review
    Posted: April 10, 2015
    [DISCLAIMER: The following review is being continiuously updated]

    Do I recommend this game? As it looks now, no. Unless you want to support the developers, which may or may not help them fix the issues I've encountered below. Don't count on it.

    This is going to be my first serious review ever made, because it is needed.

    First off, let me explain my experience with the Men of War franchise.
    I was an ex-modder for Men of War, Men of War Vietnam and Men of War Assault Squad as well as the head of the Men of War Fanclub on moddb.com You may know me as craftan99. This is important to note so that you will know how much knowledge I have of how the game engine works and how it's assets is used. I have safely over 1000+ hours on Men of War offline back when It was a retail version. Now, on to the game.

    The developers of this game, "The Great War Team", have claimed that the single player is finished. However, this is not the case. There are several localization issues where items and weapons miss names. The writing of the dialogues are awful and usually the voice acting and subtitles don't match to what they're saying and some dialogue is recorded with a very poor microphone. Also, little is explained as how to accomplish certain objectives without much direction as to what is required to do certain objectives. Some times you need certain items and it's a pain if you've somehow don't have that item because you dropped it somewhere. The game is also very lacking in Sound Assets, or maybe lacking isn't the word to use. I'd say that it has poor quality. Some guns sound very off when it comes to some kind of noise feedback that is in the background. Horses galopping is also a great example at terrible sound. This series is known to have bad voice acting as Men of War's developers had the same issue. However, I don't know if "The Great War Team" was even responsible for the voice acting or if they asked for support from the main developers of the franchise. In any case, it needs to be redone completely. There are tons of people who would volounteer without payment. Websites like behindthevoiceactors.com let's people try out for voice roles. Why they didn't do this, beats me.

    The mission designs aren't the best either, they aren't very consistent and stealth is usually a hard task, but it is possible. However, stealth missions are rather tedious. Speaking of difficulty and missions, I always found the defense missions in the French and Russian campaigns to be extremely easy to complete. I think it's because the waves of enemies where so small that they were easily fended off.

    When it comes to balancing, the artillery reload speed need to be longer and the infantry sprint endurance bar needs to be longer. Either that or faster recharges on the bar. Artillery HE rounds could also use some balancing to maybe lower the AoE just a bit, I always found the artillery redicioulously overpowered. Even with realism, balancing is needed to make the experience more fun and engaging. Artillery spam is hardly fun. Tanks are perfectly balanced in my opinion and I don't see much needed in the ways of improving that.

    This wasn't much of a review as it is explaining what this game needs to fix. Even if this is in Early Access, these are things that have been overlooked and should be completely redone.

    Basically:
    * The Campaign is not finished, even if the developers claim it is.
    * Awful writing.
    * Awfully easy defense missions where the waves are too small.
    * Poor sound assets with bad voiceacting.
    * Some icons have bad artwork.
    * Localization issues.
    * Tedious Stealth Missions.
    * Balancing Issues.

    Suggestions:
    * Add realistic color to the mustard gas, yellow.
    * Add more types of gas and apply equally realistic color. (White Cross, Green Cross and Blue Cross.)
    * Add more unit types to Multiplayer. (Bavarian Infantry, French Chasseurs, Canadian Royal Rifles, White Russian Guard)
    * Add Cavalry and the ability to attack with horses.
    * Add better and fresher animations for the infantry.



    All in all, I've enjoyed the hell out of the game, but I would enjoy it even more if these issues were fixed. I would be so happy if it was.

    Thank you for your time.
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