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Posted 21 December 2007 - 08:05 AM

IGN has posted a preview of Paradox's upcoming Europa Universalis: Rome, the next installment of the popular strategy game series. The game will cover the Roman Era up until the year 27 BC, featuring a map area extending from England in the northwest to Persia in the southeast.

Rome is the third full-blown sequel, and while it's the first to fundamentally depart from that early modern period, it still retains the hallmarks of the series: a forbidding amount of strategic depth allied to an obsessive degree of historical accuracy. "The game starts at the start of the Punic Wars, where Rome is still a power just concentrated on Italy, and ends with the start of the Empire," explains Paradox Interactive's head of development, Johan Andersson. "The game covers the entire Mediterranean World, where you have everything from England in the north to Africa in the south and to Persia in the east."

Like previous games in the series, there are very few clearly defined objectives or goals, but broadly speaking, the object of the game is to take charge of one of the various tribes who were competing for survival at the time, and then contending or co-operating with other tribes and nations in a bid to expand your territory. "Basically the game is about playing a country, and developing that country through the ages and conquering the world and creating an empire," says Andersson. Of course, the obvious challenge would be to take over the Romans and establishing their Empire for them, just like they did in real life, but there are ten different tribal cultures in the game, including Celts and Germanic tribes, among others. "Besides just playing Rome, there's about 50 different factions and countries and states and nations and tribes you can play," continues Andersson. "Everything from small Gallic tribes to Carthage, Egypt, Macedonia and so on."

One thing that's obviously different to previous Europa Universalis titles is the world map. Not only is it now centred on the Roman world, it's also depicted in full 3D, with the colour schematics of previous games replaced by more lifelike hues, and the topography depicted with satellite accuracy. You can zoom right in, and pan and rotate the camera with ease, and as in previous games, the action all occurs in real time, unless you pause it to give yourself time to distribute orders.
Europa Universalis: Rome is scheduled for a mid 2008 release for Windows machines. There is no word yet on the possibility of a Mac version.

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Posted 21 December 2007 - 08:57 AM

ugh. Who the hell cares about rome. Not even the italians do.
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Posted 21 December 2007 - 10:36 AM

View PostQuantaCat, on December 21st 2007, 09:57 AM, said:

ugh. Who the hell cares about rome. Not even the italians do.

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Posted 21 December 2007 - 03:08 PM

Sorry QuantaCat, I'm forbidden to interfere in the corporal punishments of governments from ancient civilizations by the Temporal Treaty of 2177.  I can offer you a mousie to bite down on though.  Catnip or tuna flavored?
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Posted 21 December 2007 - 04:01 PM

View PostQuantaCat, on December 21st 2007, 09:57 AM, said:

ugh. Who the hell cares about rome.

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Posted 21 December 2007 - 05:31 PM

You're not really making a point here, guys :D

Seriously, I don't care for their designs, their ethics, religions, history or whatsoever. they're simply uninteresting to me. Not many from this period are very interesting, aside from the ones that aren't well known. I can understand that people like this kind of stuff, conquering, the funny hats, the shields and spears and so on. maybe even the ships, but I just don't like them.
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Posted 21 December 2007 - 06:26 PM

View PostQuantaCat, on December 21st 2007, 06:31 PM, said:

I just don't like them.

That's OK--you're free to have such an opinion, just like the rest of us are free to mock you for having such poor taste.  :)

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Posted 21 December 2007 - 07:31 PM

Here is something interesting about Rome:  The word "forum" is Latin, and scholars believe it translates literally to "nuh unh shut up!"
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Posted 21 December 2007 - 07:34 PM

View PostQuantaCat, on December 21st 2007, 06:31 PM, said:

You're not really making a point here, guys :D

Seriously, I don't care for their designs, their ethics, religions, history or whatsoever. they're simply uninteresting to me. Not many from this period are very interesting, aside from the ones that aren't well known. I can understand that people like this kind of stuff, conquering, the funny hats, the shields and spears and so on. maybe even the ships, but I just don't like them.

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This is a man's position regarding a civilization that was one of the key bedrocks for the life he is currently living?

Ungrateful!  

Exactly how long is your hair mister?!  

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Posted 21 December 2007 - 08:49 PM

Disgrace and banishment is the best he should hope for. Where are the bloody forum lictors when you need them?  :nods:

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Posted 21 December 2007 - 09:45 PM

View PostDaveyJJ, on December 21st 2007, 09:49 PM, said:

Where are the bloody forum lictors when you need them?  :nods:

tBC is getting soft...it's been ages since he tossed the last guy to the lions.  Where are the circuses?  Or at least the bread?!  I say it's time for a new emperor.  Et tu, DaveyJJ?

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Posted 22 December 2007 - 10:58 AM

View PostDaveyJJ, on December 21st 2007, 06:49 PM, said:

Where are the bloody forum lictors when you need them?
Sorry, we were attending a Star Trek convention.

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Posted 22 December 2007 - 06:28 PM

View Postthe Battle Cat, on December 22nd 2007, 11:58 AM, said:

Sorry, we were attending a Star Trek convention.

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Posted 22 December 2007 - 08:05 PM

Rome is not any of the key bedrocks I am living in. Sure, they had a couple of ideas that lasted until now, but even the nazis built the really cool freeways that last in germany these days.

So I tell you this. IF YOU LIKE ROME THEN YOU LIKE NAZIS.

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Posted 22 December 2007 - 08:14 PM

View PostQuantaCat, on December 22nd 2007, 09:05 PM, said:

Sure, they had a couple of ideas that lasted until now, but even the nazis built the really cool freeways that last in germany these days.

So I tell you this. IF YOU LIKE ROME THEN YOU LIKE NAZIS.

Can't argue with that logic!  We might as well pack it in, guys!

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Posted 22 December 2007 - 08:18 PM

yes, you can't, now can you!
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Posted 22 December 2007 - 08:28 PM

View PostQuantaCat, on December 22nd 2007, 09:18 PM, said:

yes, you can't, now can you!

Okay, I'll give you this much, Austrians do not like Italians.
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Posted 22 December 2007 - 08:32 PM

....


that's.. one.. way.. of.. interpreting.. that..?

Thank god I'm not Austrian.
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