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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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.

In the nearest future we will reconsider our plans about next competitions and types of these contests.

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June 8

It's time to upload your map on Steam Workshop!



Second step. Publication of the work.

From 06.08.2016 till 06.10.2016 - the time of publication of works on Steam Workshop. Each work must be represented as a separate package, and meet the requirements that are described in this manual.

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From 1 modder we are taking ONLY 1 map with a mandatory mode "Control points".

Note that to be able to participate in this competition your work should be already uploaded on Steam Workshop at 23:59 GMT, 06.10.2016. It's also should be INVISIBLE for the players. Also it MUST be marked by special tag "Competition".

All works that do not meet the above requirements will be disqualified, as well as their authors. All works that will be published before or after the second step with the tag "Competition" will be removed from the Steam Workshop, and the authors will also not be admitted to the competition.

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About This Game

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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      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 (29 reviews)
    Overall:
    Mixed (1,088 reviews)
    Recently Posted
    Sharkbear10
    ( 72.9 hrs on record )
    Posted: June 29
    An overall good game the voices and controls are the only real problems, but other that it's an excellent game
    Helpful? Yes No Funny
    ✠Werwolf✠
    ( 37.8 hrs on record )
    Posted: June 29
    Playing since early access, so it came with everything important except when i bought i was hoping the german campaign would've been free since it was ea, I like the maps they look good and the controls are good if you configure them. I bought the german campaign and I found the most problems, it crashes on every mission for probably a lot of reasons. when it crashes there is a bug reporter I use. I played victory pack which is multiplayer although you cant use a bot for skirmish but there is an all out ww2 mod by default so a lot of time was put into it but not toward other stuff, real war shouldnt be dlc it should just be an extra you enable and mutliplayer has 2 packs in the dlc so why not merge everything if its the same thing or free. I like all the missions when you accomplish everything you want to replay them because of the battle, it just looks good. there was a mod with the poison gas that was on the workshop before it got put into the game which I've only seen on the German campaign, no interest in buying British campaign or blazing guns dlc but they do look good. I just don't like how it crashes on most of the german missions and if there is a bug like the afrikakorps with the boat that you have to reverse because its stuck on the shallow end in the beginning of the mission so you have to find ways around the bugs and hope they get patched..
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    Packy21-TPF-
    ( 4.6 hrs on record )
    Posted: June 29
    So after i watched countless gameplay videos and having played the game for myself i can definately say: it is good... But not perfect.
    Lets get the elephant out of the room: the dlc. Yes it is a shame that people habe been promised things that they didn't receive and yes i hate dlc too but look at it from this perspective: i bought an entire game for about €30,00 and that is more than i can say of some tripple a titles out there.
    The game was made on a lower budget and it can show, espescially in the voice acting department what can lead to some hilarious or sometimes anoying results, which is a bit of a shame but i prefer this over no voice acting at all anyday.
    But now the pros:
    The gameplay is solid, it shows the importance of mass assaults, flanking manouevres, artillery support etc in ww1 very well. It's a ton of fun to mow down an army of landwehr infantry with a machine gun, or let your tank cause death and destruction all around.
    Where the story VA falls behind, the unit VA shines. German soldiers shouting, russians responding to their commander, it all comes to life perfectly.
    Compared to it's brother men of war (assault squad), it has a lot more variety, and better story driven aspects.
    It feels different than most strategy games as it takes place in ww1 which is rare for an rts to do, yet it still feels comfy enough to know what you are doing and how you should play.
    If you have the money and are willing to spend it, i'd say check this one out.
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    Cucumberberotter
    ( 14.0 hrs on record )
    Posted: June 29
    I posted a negative review once and the dev shamed me for it so I deleted it.

    Seems I was not the only one to think it was ♥♥♥♥.
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    *IC* Smiledozer
    ( 65.2 hrs on record )
    Posted: June 26
    Battle of Empires is a game in the tradition of Company of Heroes and Men of War. The only difference being that BoE is set during World War I. You might think that because it's set in WWI that it would be 'boring', but in fact it's quite the opposite. Now even though I can safely recommend this game, there's definately a few negatives here.

    If you've played Men of War or Company of Heroes, the play style is the same.

    Pros:
    - Excellent Single Player campaigns. Add the DLC and theres easily dozens of hours of playtime.
    - Graphics are well met; the explosions are really cool
    - Voice acting is kind of atrocious. But it doesn't really effect the game.
    - Dozens and dozens of infantry and armored units to use
    - Historically accurate gameplay/story modes
    - Mod workshop on Steam!
    - Super fun online multiplayer. Make your friends understand that Austria-Hungary won't be pushed around!

    Cons:
    - That price tho. I got this game in a bundle with all of the DLC for not $35. But if I had to pay $30 to enjoy this game with all the DLC, I certainly would. Buy on sale
    - This is a buggy game for the most part. Most of the bugs are with the Multiplayer.
    - Online multiplayer experiences crashing and bugs. It is playable for the most part, however.
    - The learning curve is a bit steep
    - Playing the game can be tedious at some points, but it's a real-time strategy, so that's alright.

    Overall:
    I can recommend this game to people who like CoH or MoW, or just any strategy games in general. It's most fun when you play online, but sometimes the multiplayer crashes or experiences sync problems. The single player campaigns are excellent; especially with the DLC. I wouldn't want this game without the DLC. The price tag is hefty as hell, but worth it overall. Get it while it's on sale.
    Helpful? Yes No Funny
    Brisbane Broncos
    ( 2.0 hrs on record )
    Posted: June 26
    Game sucks. Lacks eveything needed for a good RTS.
    Helpful? Yes No Funny
    sabbat's martyr
    ( 1.0 hrs on record )
    Posted: June 25
    the ai is buggy and can see through walls to take out your troops shame as it looks and plays awesome well bugs aside got a refund on it rather than wait for ever for a patch
    Helpful? Yes No Funny
    Noobking66
    ( 0.2 hrs on record )
    Posted: June 23
    although this game is fun it is overselling DLC's and the multiplayer only does not have editor which is really sad.
    Helpful? Yes No Funny
    brucemc
    ( 15.3 hrs on record )
    Posted: June 13
    i can't believe that they have ruined yet another game. we play games to enjoy them, when are these idiot programmers going to understand this BASIC point? this game could have been so good, but no, these money grabbing soulless muppets have proven yet again they could'nt give a flying f**k for you or the game they propose to have created. Read the sh** they claim the game is, then try and play it. you lying buch of c**ts. Once again it's up to the community of HUMAN BEINGS who play the game to make it better. thats if they decide to tell you how the mods work! this is game is simply not playable, you spend more time waiting for it to load than you do playing it.
    Helpful? Yes No Funny
    Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
    31 of 38 people (82%) found this review helpful
    2 people found this review funny
    Not Recommended
    34.3 hrs on record
    Posted: June 11
    I am saddened and sickened at the devs for making us have to pay for every little thing for this game. It's an overpriced game that runs on an old MoW engine that is not worth thr price. I had high hopes for this game to finally be the WW1 game we've been looking for but as it turns out the devs are money hungry pigs.
    Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
    16 of 25 people (64%) found this review helpful
    1 person found this review funny
    Not Recommended
    15.3 hrs on record
    Posted: June 13
    i can't believe that they have ruined yet another game. we play games to enjoy them, when are these idiot programmers going to understand this BASIC point? this game could have been so good, but no, these money grabbing soulless muppets have proven yet again they could'nt give a flying f**k for you or the game they propose to have created. Read the sh** they claim the game is, then try and play it. you lying buch of c**ts. Once again it's up to the community of HUMAN BEINGS who play the game to make it better. thats if they decide to tell you how the mods work! this is game is simply not playable, you spend more time waiting for it to load than you do playing it.
    Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
    10 of 14 people (71%) found this review helpful
    Not Recommended
    0.2 hrs on record
    Posted: June 23
    although this game is fun it is overselling DLC's and the multiplayer only does not have editor which is really sad.
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    4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
    Recommended
    65.2 hrs on record
    Posted: June 26
    Battle of Empires is a game in the tradition of Company of Heroes and Men of War. The only difference being that BoE is set during World War I. You might think that because it's set in WWI that it would be 'boring', but in fact it's quite the opposite. Now even though I can safely recommend this game, there's definately a few negatives here.

    If you've played Men of War or Company of Heroes, the play style is the same.

    Pros:
    - Excellent Single Player campaigns. Add the DLC and theres easily dozens of hours of playtime.
    - Graphics are well met; the explosions are really cool
    - Voice acting is kind of atrocious. But it doesn't really effect the game.
    - Dozens and dozens of infantry and armored units to use
    - Historically accurate gameplay/story modes
    - Mod workshop on Steam!
    - Super fun online multiplayer. Make your friends understand that Austria-Hungary won't be pushed around!

    Cons:
    - That price tho. I got this game in a bundle with all of the DLC for not $35. But if I had to pay $30 to enjoy this game with all the DLC, I certainly would. Buy on sale
    - This is a buggy game for the most part. Most of the bugs are with the Multiplayer.
    - Online multiplayer experiences crashing and bugs. It is playable for the most part, however.
    - The learning curve is a bit steep
    - Playing the game can be tedious at some points, but it's a real-time strategy, so that's alright.

    Overall:
    I can recommend this game to people who like CoH or MoW, or just any strategy games in general. It's most fun when you play online, but sometimes the multiplayer crashes or experiences sync problems. The single player campaigns are excellent; especially with the DLC. I wouldn't want this game without the DLC. The price tag is hefty as hell, but worth it overall. Get it while it's on sale.
    Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
    1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
    Recommended
    72.9 hrs on record
    Posted: June 29
    An overall good game the voices and controls are the only real problems, but other that it's an excellent game
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    2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
    1 person found this review funny
    Not Recommended
    1.0 hrs on record
    Posted: June 25
    the ai is buggy and can see through walls to take out your troops shame as it looks and plays awesome well bugs aside got a refund on it rather than wait for ever for a patch
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    Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
    562 of 612 people (92%) found this review helpful
    32 people found this review funny
    Not Recommended
    41.0 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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    382 of 423 people (90%) found this review helpful
    11 people found this review funny
    Not Recommended
    26.3 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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    185 of 206 people (90%) found this review helpful
    10 people found this review funny
    Recommended
    146.2 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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    206 of 236 people (87%) found this review helpful
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    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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