Wednesday Apr 29, 2009
We are happy to report that a patch update has been produced which should resolve the issues with crashing in the grand campaign as well as other issues you may have encountered with clicking units and the like. This update is scheduled to release today and will do so automatically through Steam once you are connected. It is advised that you have updated your video drivers and other system drivers as necessary.
Patch details for this will be available for review in Steam by clicking on the “My Games” tab and then right-clicking on your Empire: Total War game and selecting “View update news”. Here is the complete list of fixes and corrections which will be included in the patch:
– Fixed crash when disbanding generals unit.
– Fix for crash on trying to merge ships from port into ships next to port.
– Fixed rare crash relating to boarding.
– Fixed crash to do with reinforcing armies.
– Fixed crash on revolution video attempting to play.
– Fixed crash for double clicking on sinking ship on campaign map.
– Fix for crash on merging units but moving into fort before army arrives.
– Fixed several crashes related to rakes.
– Fixed crashes relating to battles when running Czech or German versions of the game.
– Fixed crash on moving army into region of faction player has military access and then cancelling military access.
– Fixed crash on trying to exchange ships between 2 fleets.
– Fixed crash on spamming move orders to puckle guns locked in melee combat.
– Fixed hard lock on inviting host to their own MP game.
– Fix to prevent loading of mod causing crash post patch.
– Various end turn crash bugs fixed.
– Fixes to crash bugs relating to completion of revolutions.
– Some fixes relating to merging and disbanding.
– Fix for several crashes in land battles.
– Several crashes relating to attacking cities fixed.
– Several load save game crashes fixed.
– Armies now placed correctly on battlefields in relation to campaign.
– Fix for nearby ships sometimes not being included as reinforcements for battles.
– Fix for incorrect numbers sometimes showing on trade routes.
– Units with limits on how many can be recruited now show how many are available.
– Various fixes relating to rakes and infiltrating.
– Fixes relating to problems moving armies/merging into army’s right next to settlements.
– Various trade bug fixes.
– Fix for moving agent from settlement moving army instead of agent.
– Fix for several bugs relating to military access and armies being in regions.
– Fix for tattered flags appearing on fleet/armies even when at full strength/fully repaired.
– Fix for sallying out armies breaking siege at times even when losing the battle.
– Fix for bugs relating to capturing ships on returning to campaign map from naval battle.
– Improvements to path finding have been made.
– Some fixes to units not garrisoning buildings.
– Fort gate ownership made clearer with faction flags appearing at the gatehouse.
– Fix for problem relating to artillery unlimbering after being ordered to limber.
– Fix for puckle guns moving on their own in some circumstances.
– Fix for big slowdown in unit movement on some battle maps in the Road to Independence episodes.
– Fix for missile cavalry not reloading when out of combat.
– Jaegers now have muskets instead of incorrect rifles, Prussian Jaegers keep rifles.
– Quebec episodic land battle fixed ground type in deployment area
– Fix for unrealistic numbers when ending a land battle by quitting on the battle results screen.
– Several fixes for ships clipping into each other.
– Improvements to boarding have been made. Crew is more fluid in attack and more resolute in defence. Men survive long fall and officers join in the boarding attack.
– Crew uniforms improved to make identification of the crew type and faction easier.
– Defending ship is not allowed to fire cannons anymore during boarding procedure.
– Improved naval grouping UI and group movement made.
– Improvements made to ship collisions to reduce chance of ships getting stuck.
– Fix for sail damage not being shown when volumetric effects turned on.
– Various fixes for joining games/game lobby issues.
– Fixes for problems relating to spectators being kicked/locking up on other players joining games in certain instances.
– Long riflemen and winged hussars removed from early era battles.
– Fix for insufficient funds always showing on unit cards even when enough money is available.
– Player name is now displayed on unit tooltips.
– Team chat is now displayed in a different colour.
– Basic fix for AI being unable to move army by fleet.
– Aggression of factions in campaign improved, as well as tweaks to diplomacy.
– Improvements to campaign AI relating to its waging of wars, recruitment and movement of armies.
– Improvements made to battle AI to make it more reactive, use buildings better as well as squares and rakes.
– Siege battle AI improvements made.
– Improvements to naval AI to make it bunch up less, its use of galleys and long range units such as bomb ketches.
– Delete save game button added to save game list.
– View replays button added to single player Play Battle menu.
– Various sound fixes and improvements.
– Various incorrect text messages fixed.
– Fixes to various graphical glitches with display of walls.
– Fixes made for stuttering videos.
– Fix for several game option settings not being saved correctly, including settings such as floating flags.
– Fix for unit voices/attack confirmation being heard for all units in an alliance instead of just for the player’s army.
– Armor and shield values are now added into melee defense value shown on unit cards.
– Lots of other small and minor bug fixes.
– Land unit recruitment cost in campaign has been increased, with higher cost on higher difficulty level.
– Ship recruitment and upkeep costs have been increased in campaign.
– Various balancing and cost adjustments to improve multiplayer land battle balance.
– Ship costing improvements made for both campaign and multiplayer.
– Economic tweaks have been made to campaign to reduce amount of money made in later part of campaign.
– We are aware of an issue with community created maps that results in a crash when someone without the map tries to join the game. This crash will be fixed in the next patch.
– Further work is being done on improving AI Naval invasion behavior and this will be included in the next upgrade patch.
– Some users may have difficulty accessing some of the older game save files. Should an older save not load after the patch it is advised by the development team that the campaign should be restarted.
Once your game has updated, you will want to make sure that your system drivers (video and sound cards) are updated to their latest versions. If you encounter any issues with the game after the update, you will want to contact Sega Customer Support by going to http://help.sega.com/, logging in using your Sega Pass account and then sending an inquiry using the following format as an example:
Subject: [Empire: Total War] – [Specific Issue or Error Description] (i.e. Crashing in RTI, cannot load saved game, graphical corruption in map, etc)
In the body of the e-mail, please provide a quick synopsis regarding the error you are having as well as the steps you take prior to getting that result. You will also want to include your latest system information using the DirectX Diagnostic Tool (start >run > type ‘dxdiag’ >ENTER) so that the support team then knows what your current system configuration looks like.
Posted by Kellie in Empire: Total War on 3:39:27PM Apr 29, 2009
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