The official demo for Sega strategy title Empire: Total War is now available for free download on Steam.

The demo gives gamers a chance to take on the American Army and the French Navy playing as the British Empire in the Battle of Brandywine Creek and the Battle of Lagos.

Historically, the Battle of Brandywine Creek was fought between the British and Americans in Pennsylvania. The defeat there of the Americans allows the British to capture Philadelphia and hold it for nearly a year. The naval Battle of Lagos took place during the Seven Years' War off the coasts of Spain and Portugal.

So it looks like the demo will be giving us a taste of land and sea battles.

The game, developed by The Creative Assembly, is due out March 4. People who pre-purchases the title through Steam will also receive a free copy of Rome Total War Gold Edition for immediate download.