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SEGA has announced that a playable demo of Empire: Total War is now available on Valve's Steam platform.

Capturing just a short glimpse of the kind of engagements you can play from March the 6th when the game is released, this demo will take you through the basics of land and naval command and then let you loose on two historic scenarios.

Playing as the British Empire, you can take on the American Army in the pivotal ‘Battle of Brandywine Creek’ and then the French Navy in the decisive ‘Battle of Lagos’.

Empire: Total War is set in the 18th century, a turbulent era that is the most requested by Total War’s loyal fan base and a period alive with global conflict, revolutionary fervour and technological advances. With themes such as the Industrial Revolution, America’s struggle for independence, the race to control Eastern trade routes and the globalisation of war on land and sea, Empire: Total War promises to be the richest and most dynamic PC strategy game of all time.