SEGA have announced that Napoleon: Total War will include the much requested multiplayer mode:
"This much-requested mode will allow players to experience the full depth of Napoleon: Total War in a multiplayer environment - either working to stop Napoleon's advance, or competing against each other to better his achievements. Each of the three theatres of war from Napoleon's career - Italy, Egypt and Europe - are available out of the box in 2 player turn-based online games.
Another exciting multiplayer option has been added to Napoleon: Total War - Drop-in Battles. When starting a Single Player Campaign in Napoleon: Total War, players are presented with an option to allow Drop-in Battles. Drop-in battles bring a fresh challenge to the single player campaign mode by allowing the players opponents to be controlled in real-time by an online adversary.
Campaign Multiplayer has been made possible for Napoleon: Total War by the immense success that the Campaign Multiplayer Beta for Empire: Total War proved to be. The Beta started on December 7th 2009 with over 15.000 Total War fans helping out in the testing of this new Multiplayer Mode. Feedback from consumers has been very positive, and with the BETA still ongoing, consumers can contribute to the testing of this new addition to the Total War series."
"Following all the great feedback we've had from our fans for the Empire Multiplayer Campaign Beta, we're proud to announce that all three campaigns in Napoleon: Total War will be multiplayer enabled." said Mike Simpson, Creative Director at The Creative Assembly and creator of the Total War franchise. "We'd like to thank our fans for all their support."