Sega has warned that the upcoming PC strategy game, Empire: Total War, is being delayed by around four weeks at the minimum.

Empire: Total War is being developed by The Creative Assembly and is the fifth game in the long-running Total War series. The game is set to be set in the most modern time period the series has yet seen, with much of the gameplay being focused around the naval combat of the 1700s to 1800s.

The game, which was originally slated to appear on shelves at the start of February next year, has now been pushed back by a minimum of four weeks. Sega is being a bit more coy with the release date too, saying only that the game will now be available in early March.

No reason has yet been given for the delay, but Empire: Total War now going to be directly competing with a number of other big PC RTS titles, like Dawn of War 2 and Company of Heroes: Tales of Valour. Although that may put the success of the game at risk it also gives Sega a chance to crush the competition totally.

Still, there are now two things we know for sure. Firstly that Empire: Total War looks amazing, secondly that March is going to be a very, very good month for real-time strategy game fans.

If you want to know more about the game then you can check out our latest Empire: Total War hands-on preview for more information.

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