An exciting free-to-play Real Time Strategy game set in medieval times. Uniquely designed factions, customization options, singleplayer and multiplayer gameplay. Gather resources, raise an army and lead your civilization to victory in a classic RTS, brought to the modern age.
Recent Reviews:
Mostly Positive (43) - 79% of the 43 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
All Reviews:
Mixed (1,102) - 62% of the 1,102 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Mar 29, 2018

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March 25

Quests, Progression, Private Games & More - 2.2.9 is out!

Hello folks, we have quite a big update for you today as we are introducing two new major systems: Quests & Progression and a brand new Referral System. You will be able to complete quests and get rewards as well as get rewards for getting your friends into the game! We're also introducing a couple of new features like Private Games and more.

Here's the complete changelog:

  • Progression: you can now gain experience and level up by completing quests. Certain quests will grant Emperor’s Chests and one Chest is earned every time you level up. Overall this system should provide more free Chests than previously, especially for new players. We are starting things with 11 quests. Let us know your thoughts about them!
  • Referral: you can now refer your friends or be refferred and earn rewards. Upon reaching Level 5 you get a friend referral code that you can send to your friends. When you refer a friend, you will both receive an Emperor’s Chest!
  • Game window is brought to the front when a Ranked match is found.
  • Added Password protected Private Games.
  • Fixed a potential crash during host migration.
  • Fixed five sources of desyncs and missing resyncs.

Please note that with this version we are turning off the possibility of earning chests automatically through play time.
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February 5

New Intro Experience, Security and Stability - Patch 2.2.8 is out!

Hello folks, we come to you with a new patch that is aimed at increasing the level of security and stability in multiplayer games, as well as making the experience of new players smoother and more engaging.

Here are the full patch notes for 2.2.8 and 2.2.7, which went live a couple of weeks ago.

  • Increased security and anticheating measures.
  • Fixed a potential freeze/crash with villagers.
  • Fixed a potential desync source.
  • Adjusted Ranked algorithm to give away more points even in situations of very high certainty.
  • Fixed a small issue with the area of effect of the Chinese minefield.
  • Fixed an issue with units not appearing or being stuck in the Armory screen.
  • Fixed an issue where a Chinese priest stopped with a Hold command wouldn’t heal nearby units.
  • Fixed an issue where certain Mangonels wouldn’t have an Attack Location button.

  • Added a splash screen for new players.
  • Added a new special Skirmish with objectives as a form of tutorial for advanced players.
  • Moved the Tutorial to a dedicated Training tab.
  • Added a notification counter for how many Chests are available.
  • In the profile screen, inverted the statistics order of Played and Won.
  • Several improvements to the UI of the Custom Games screen.
  • Added items collected counter in the Armory home screen.
  • Fixed some erroneous stats for unranked matches.
  • Fixed an issue with converting fragments into chests.
  • Fixed a potential issue with Byzantines Disrupt ability.
  • Added Framerate Cap slider in the Display Options menu.
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“Empires Apart is a very capable game […] It does feel a bit like Age of Empires, but its focus on multiplayer and lack of content may put a lot of people off. If you liked the gameplay provided by Age of Empires, you should definitely take a look at Empires Apart”
8.0/10 –

“Empires Apart is both a good spiritual successor to Microsoft’s classic and a good game in its own right, delivering a very capable experience that successfully brings most of Age of Empires mechanics into the modern age. If you liked Ensemble’s iconic series then you should definitely take a look at this game”
4/5 –

“An extremely entertaining product if you want to play it online, characterized by well designed factions”
8/10 –


About This Game

An exciting free-to-play Real Time Strategy game set in medieval times. Uniquely designed factions, customization options, singleplayer and multiplayer gameplay. Gather resources, raise an army and lead your civilization to victory in a classic RTS, brought to the modern age.

Empires Apart is a free-to-play Real Time Strategy game set in medieval times.

Lead uniquely designed factions in outstanding procedurally generated maps. Each game is a totally different experience as you collect resources, assemble your army and wage war against your enemies.

Play for free as the Byzantines against the AI in Skirmish, Survival and Challenge mode or online in Ranked and Custom matches.

Collect Food, Wood, Gold and Stone. Build military and economic structures. Trade with allies, collect relics for powerful bonuses. Raise an army of spearmen, archers, knights and catapults. Choose your hero and lead your civilization to victory!

If you are a fan of RTS games, you will relive memories of classic games of the past while enjoying a modern interface and a brand new approach to fast-paced real time gameplay. If you are new to the genre, Empires Apart is the free-to-play RTS experience you've been waiting for.

Q: Is Empires Apart free now?
A: Empires Apart is fully playable for free in every mode and map using the Byzantines. Skirmish, Survival, Unranked and Ranked matches are all available from the start and it is possible to play against every other civilization in the game.

Q: I bought the game at full price when it first came out!
A: Everybody who bought the game before October 11th 2018 will be recognized in-game as a Founder. Founders will get immediate access to all the 6 base civilizations (Byzantines, French, Chinese, Arabs, Aztecs, Mongols) and will get access to exclusive content in the future.

Q: What factions are available for free?
A: Byzantines are available upon downloading the game and they can be played for free in any game mode. Additional civilizations can be purchased as DLC from the Steam store. Purchasing a civilization unlocks it in every game mode. It is always possible to play against any civilization, wether it’s controlled by the AI or another Player in a multiplayer match.
Every Civilization can be tried before purchase in a specific custom built scenario.

Q: Is there new content?
A: We have a lot of new content coming to Empires Apart and we plan to release it often and at regular intervals. This new content includes both free additions like new maps and game modes as well as new civilizations and cosmetic items which will be available through DLC and in-game items.

Q: What does the future hold for Empires Apart?
A: The launch of the Free-to-play version of Empires Apart marks a new beginning for the game. We have big and ambitious plans to support the game in the future and we already have a lot of content scheduled to release very soon. As always, We will keep supporting Empires Apart and keep shaping its future based on player feedback.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7 64bit
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 2.7ghz or equivalent
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce GTX 560 or equivalent
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 1896 MB available space
    • OS: Windows 10 64bit
    • Processor: Intel Core i7 3.4ghz or equivalent
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce GTX 960 or equivalent
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 1896 MB available space

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