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Empire: Total War Date; DRM; Specs

The Total War Blog says March 4 is the release date for Empire: Total War, confirming the most recent release date for the next installment in Creative Assembly's large-scale real-time strategy series. They also announce that all copies of the game must be activated using Steam, even if they are purchased at retail or another digital delivery service. They also offer some system specifications, saying the following represents the minimum, rather than the recommended specs:

Operating System: Windows XP 32(service pack 2), Windows Vista 32 OS.
Processor: 2.4 GHz Single Core Intel or AMD equivalent processor.
System Memory: 1GB RAM (XP) 2GB RAM (Vista).
Graphics Card: 256MB DirectX 9.0c compatible video card (shader 2.0 or higher).
Sound Card: Directx9.0c compatible sound card.
Windows compatible mouse & keyboard.
15 GB free uncompressed hard drive space.

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29. Re: Empire: Total War Date; DRM; Specs Jan 28, 2009, 08:54 theyarecomingforyou
 
There are two issues here and they are a) whether Steam is acceptable, and b) whether it is right to require it. I am a huge fan of Steam so obviously my answer to the first question would be yes. However, the second question is not so simple. I don't think it's good for competition for everything to be tied to Valve, despite them currently having the best digital distribution platform. If Empire: Total War really takes advantage of the platform (achievements, more frequent updates, etc) then it's great - if it's just for DRM then that's not. That said, at least they are tolerant of other digital distribution services - I installed the Mouse & Blade demo on Steam and when it launched it suggested I buy it on Gamersgate.

You won't find many people more loyal to Steam than me, afterall I only buy my games through Steam and am willing to pay a premium for Steam games, but that doesn't mean I necessarily support all games requiring Steam for the sake of it. Just like people dislike GfWL there will be people out there that dislike Steam and it doesn't seem like a good idea to alienate those people unnecessarily. It would be better if they just made the Steam version more attractive so that people would have little reason to use other versions.
 
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