Today we’re announcing that a new update for Empire: Total War will shortly be entering its beta group phase.
We’ve spent the last few months listening to and acting on fan feedback on the battle AI in Empire, and this update has been designed to improve your experience.
This update seeks to reduce the occurrence of aggressive melee behavior in the AI armies, milling or ‘blobbing’ behavior during formation and the leapfrogging of units sometimes experienced.
It’s important to set expectations realistically with this update, where these issues occur they will be significantly reduced but not altogether eliminated.
The Battle AI will be a significant improvement over Empire 1.5, and is based on Empire. It will not exhibit the progression seen in Napoleons more advanced Battle AI system.
The beta group phase is for an indeterminate length of time so the public release date of this update isn’t scheduled yet.
If you’d like to take part in the beta and test the update for compatibility and stability please contact Sensei and sign up for the beta group.
Please note we’re not looking for feedback on the BAI’s performance in general, we’re looking to test stability and performance at this stage.
As an addendum we'd like to extend a special thanks to those who took part constructively and politely on the discussion thread here at the TWC, your points were well received.