Sega has made a statement about the delay of Empire: Total War. At the time of reporting yesterday, Sega had made no comment, but now they have issued this press release:
"The extra development time will allow us to finalise and polish Empire, making it the most accomplished and epic of the Total War series.
Significantly the additional time will also allow Creative Assembly to implement the underlying technology for a much desired feature; a multiplayer campaign mode. An opportunity to participate in the 1 versus 1 multiplayer campaign mode beta will be made available to all Empire: Total War buyers post release."
It has also been confirmed that Russia will be a faction in the game. Anyway, at least Sega is actually using delays to improve titles. Maybe they should do that with their Sonic games in future!
[Source: Sega Nerds]