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How do I play an online multiplayer game of Empire: Total War using Steam?

Playing a multiplayer battle in Empire: Total War is slightly different depending on whether you wish to host a battle, or simply join one.

To host:

  1. From the Main Menu, select Multiplayer.

  2. From the drop-down menu that appears, click Total War Online.

  3. You will be taken to the Total War Online screen. Select the Battle List tab.

  4. Click Host Battle.

  5. You will be asked to choose the kind of battle you wish to fight. Select either Land, Sea, Siege or Scenario.

  6. Once you have chosen, you will be given the option of adjusting your battle settings. You do not have to do this, but you must enter a valid Game Name before you can continue.

  7. When you are ready, click Host Battle.

  8. The Army Setup screen will appear, from which you can choose your faction and army.

  9. When you are happy with your settings and all the other players have joined the game, click the Ready! button (tick icon) in the lower-right corner of the screen.

  10. The game will begin once all the players have indicated that they are ready.


To join:

  1. From the Main Menu, select Multiplayer.

  2. From the drop-down menu that appears, click Total War Online.

  3. You will be taken to the Total War Online screen. Select the Battle List tab.

  4. A list of available battles will appear. Highlight the one you wish to join, then click Join Battle.

  5. The Army Setup screen will appear, from which you can choose your faction and army. When you are happy with your settings, click the Ready! button (tick icon) in the lower-right corner of the screen.

  6. The game will begin once all the players have indicated that they are ready.