Turn based 4X strategy game, recreating the civilizations of ancient China. Develop your land, build great cities, raise huge armies and fight epic battles, with hundreds of soldiers fighting right on the game map. Advance your technologies, culture and religion to create one of mankind’s biggest empires.
Recent Reviews:
Very Positive (25) - 80% of the 25 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
All Reviews:
Mostly Positive (1,034) - 79% of the 1,034 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Sep 14, 2017

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February 26

Map Editor Now Supports Steam Workshop!

Following the launch of the first iteration of the map editor, we are pleased to announce that we are ready to further roll out the support for community content by launching Steam Workshop Support. With Steam Workshop support, players are now able to upload and share their own maps and scenarios with the community. It is our aim to keep expanding on support for community content and workshop integration.

Downloading new maps and scenarios could not be easier. Simply head over to the Workshop Section in the Community Hub, find an item you find interesting and hit the subscribe button. The file should be downloaded automatically the next time you start the game.

In order to upload you map, head over to the map editor, load your map in the ingame map editor and click the new "Upload to Workshop" button. Next, just enter a fitting name and description and you should be good to go. As there is no full scenario editor ingame, putting those up requires the console command:

UploadScenario *ScenarioName*

Be sure to check the Scenarios and Modding forum for more information on how to make your own scenarios.

The full changelog can be found below. We are looking forward to see what you all come up with.

- Surtur

  • Added ability to use scenarios and maps from Steam Workshop
  • Added ability to share maps and scenarios from Steam Workshop
  • User created and workshop maps can be used in multiplayer
  • Localized map editor
  • Fixed bug that allowed more factions than was reasonable on user generated maps. This fixes areas of unusable farmland.
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December 20, 2017

December 20th - Santa brings a Map Editor!

Hi everyone, this update begins the roll out of support for user generated content, by adding a map editor tool built into the game. You can use the maps you create instead of randomly generated ones in custom games, and they can also be used in scenarios you create yourself. Please see the new Modding and Scenarios forum board for more details.

User Created Content Support
  • Added a map editor. Available from Options Menu
  • Added ability to load a particular map in a custom game. Can be one of the built in maps, or one created by the player.
  • Added ability to load a user created scenario

Bug Fixes
  • Fixed bug where stacks can incorrectly merge if both were ordered to a hex containing another stack
  • Fixed game settings tab not being available on systems with non supported system language
  • Added back button to game type selection screen
  • Fixed bug with caravansaries not exporting to settlements created before them
  • Stop re-exported goods being exported to their source
  • Improved algorithm for distributing starting positions in custom game

This is the first release of the map editor, so there are a couple of issues remaining. The editor is currently only in English, and custom maps aren't yet supported for multiplayer. Further updates will follow next year.

Happy Holidays!

- Surtur
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“If you’re a fan of the Endless series, Civilization or any other 4X game; you will find enjoyment in this game.”
90% – Mithical Entertainment

“If you are looking for a grand strategy game, Oriental Empires is well worth your consideration. The innovations in Oriental Empires are a breath of fresh air in a genre whose big names seldom innovate in any meaningful fashion.”
80% – Strategy Gamer

“If you like Civilization and/or Total War and always wanted a strategy title steeped in 3000 years of Chinese history, look no further than Oriental Empires.”
80% – GameWatcher

About This Game

Step into the world of the ancient Orient. Control a city or tribe from the dawn of Chinese history, and turn it into a great empire. Develop your land, create great cities, raise huge armies and fight epic wars. Advance your technology, culture and religion to create one of mankind’s great civilizations. All the action takes place on one spectacular game map that brings to life the mountains, forests, plains and deserts of China. Zoom in close to review your troops and see your peasants toiling, or zoom out for a strategic overview. Plan your battles, end your turn, and then watch as your armies obey your orders, with hundreds of soldiers battling right on the game map.

  • Start out as a single nation or tribe, starting from humble beginnings with a single settlement and expand your empire and develop your culture with the aim of becoming the universally recognized Son of Heaven and ruler of the world.
  • Persuade the other factions to recognize you as such by either military force, or by diplomatic persuasion.
  • Play as one of 24 different factions each with their own special bonuses or penalties.
  • Vast beautifully rendered map featuring an attractive and authentic depiction of the landscape of China and Mongolia.
  • Large scale battles with hundreds or thousands of soldiers, depicted in detail right on the game map. Watch skilled armies and reinforcements go to battle, according to the battle orders and formations set by the player.
  • Fully animated 3D models, with variations in face and clothing for each model, including infantry, cavalry, chariot and artillery units, as well as naval forces.
  • Long seamless zoom range lets you step right into the game world or zoom out for a strategic overview.
  • Develop your settlements by constructing buildings and developing the landscape around them, build markets and ports to enable trade by land and water.
  • Elaborate research tree including technology as well as cultural, philosophical and religious developments.
  • Many other elements will determine the outcome of you quest for dominance such as Leaders, Sieges, Unrest and Rebellion, and Authority and Culture ratings.
  • As Emperor, set edicts, laws and decrees to balance power and move into a glorious new Era, with new technologies and military units that change the game!
  • Conquer together or betray your allies. Anything goes in multiplayer mode, supporting up to 15 players.
  • Join the official Discord to find new allies for multiplayer, discuss strategies and receive the latest tips & tricks: https://discord.gg/6Kgnk5z

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7 64 bit (32 bit NOT supported)
    • Processor: Intel Core i5-3230M @ 2.60GHz or equivalent AMD processor and above
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB DX 9 Compliant videocard with pixel shader 3,0
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9 Compatible Audio
    • Additional Notes: Minimum Resolution: 1024 x 768
    • OS: Windows 7,8,10 - 64 bit (32 bit NOT supported)
    • Processor: Intel i5 3.2 GHz or equivalent AMD processor and above
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB DX 9 Compliant videocard with pixel shader 3,0
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9 Compatible Audio
    • Additional Notes: Minimum Resolution: 1024 x 768
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