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:
Mostly Positive (37) - 70% of the 37 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
All Reviews:
Mostly Positive (1,189) - 77% of the 1,189 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Sep 14, 2017

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August 31

Scenario Editor Update Out Now!

Hi everyone,

This update’s main feature is the scenario editor. This lets you create scenarios similar to the Warring States scenario, which is already in the game, and share them using Steam Workshop. With the scenario editor, you can define your own factions, easily place cities, buildings and armies, and even include your own faction symbols. We’re really looking forward to seeing what the community can create using this tool.

This update also includes a number of bug fixes and improvements.

Read the full changelog below, and enjoy!


  • Fixed battles sometimes not resolving properly in single player when the player doesn't view them.
  • Improved siege initiation. Stack can begin attack if any stacks around the settlement can breach the walls.
  • Units dismount and artillery stay unpacked if two hexes away from the city wall.
  • Artillery oriented towards settlement at the start of the battle phase.
  • Large trebuchets don't stop firing when first rope puller killed.
  • Spare artillery crew re-assigned duties between turns, so the engine can continue to work even with some crew losses.
  • Fixed crash when land units without flaming ammo fire at ships.
  • Fixed some stats for faction specific units.

  • Can now delete roads. Use the delete key to remove the roads in the hex under the cursor when in road building mode in the settlement view.
  • Fixed bug when irrigated farms leave farms behind when their city is destroyed.
    Settlements can take over resources when previously owning settlement is destroyed.
  • AI won't auto build farms on potential mine sites.

  • Fixed being assigned an eliminated player when joining a hidden humans game.
    Changed save game name of hidden humans game to not include faction name.
  • Fixed battle indicators showing for human players in MP hidden humans mode.

  • Changed font for the Chinese version
  • Added ability to import a map from png file into the map editor. Mainly intended to work with files from the Demis Map Server.
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April 24

More multiplayer options and improved AI, a new patch has arrived!

We are happy to share with you another major patch for Oriental Empires. This latest version brings new starting options for custom games, allowing players to select the preferred starting age. It also allows for more options in multiplayer and on top of that, the AI received a nice little boost, making it better at conducting diplomacy and using a navy.

The full changelog can be found below and as always, feedback is greatly appreciated.

- Surtur


  • Improved AI's economic balance between buildings and army
  • AI will keep a minimum army size
  • Improved unit diversity in AI recruitment
  • Improved AI movement of armies
  • AI can build naval units

    Custom Games
  • Added ability to set starting era in custom games. All the tech from previous era's is available, and some edicts are already issued.
  • Ability to have random AI controlled factions. The player still controls whichever faction he selects.
  • Added ability to assign factions randomly in MP. All players, including the host, are assigned a faction at random.
  • Added hidden humans ability in MP. If this is selected, then the UI is adjusted so that no indication is given of which factions are human and which AI controlled. Diplomacy with AI factions has a delay, and functions the same as with human players. Random factions must be selected by the host in the initial faction selection screen for the hidden humans option to be available.
  • Reduced offensive alliance diplomatic spam. AI won't ask for alliances against those enemies it can't reach
  • Can't declare war on vassals if you have a peace accord or fraternal harmony pact with their overlord
  • Less 1 coin diplomacy
  • Fixed a serious bug that was stopping inter AI diplomacy working correctly.

  • Reduced effectiveness of land troops against naval. Previous fix accidentally doubled it :(.
  • Fixed a bug that stopped naval units moving adjacent to large land stacks
  • Buildings can't be deleted if existing or queued building depends on them
  • Fixed issue with city list not being scrolled correctly in city list view
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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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