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A helpful email from our friends at AmigaImpact pointed us to a press release from Paradox Entertainment, announcing their critically-acclaimed title Europa Universalis would be coming to the Mac. Tribsoft will publish the title, but the Mac and Amiga versions will be ported by Hyperion Software, the company which is working on Shogo: Mobile Armor Division and Soldier of Fortune for Mac.

Europa Universalis is a historical empire title, setting you up as a leader in Europe over 500 years ago who must succeed in the game of statecraft. Somewhat similar to Risk, Europa Universalis will be more complex and have true historical events. Here's the press release:

The market for Linux software has grown explosively the last year. The lack of new games for Mac has also been evident and Europa Universalis, which has a sophisticated market, fits the platform. Paradox Entertainment internally developed the Windows-version but has decided to licence the right to TribSoft who has specialized in converting popular games especially for Linux.

- Our focus still lies in programming for the windows platform and the upcoming game consoles and our internal resources are concentrated on our online games. Since we know that Europa Universalis has a market in other platforms it feels natural to quickly start cooperation with a leading developer in the field, says Fredrik Malmberg, Business Developer at Paradox Entertainment. The windows version has been licensed to several publishers around the world.

TribSoft Inc. is a Canadian company that has converted several popular games to Linux, the latest project being Jagged Alliance 2.

In Europa Universalis the player takes the role as one of eight superpowers during 300 years, from the age of Columbus to Napoleon. 60 minor countries are AI controlled and will react to world events and the player’s actions. Religion, Trade, Conquest, Discoveries and Diplomacy must be managed skillfully to win the game! It is one of the most ambitious historic games ever made and has been critically acclaimed by international gaming press.

This looks like a great game, and we're excited to see it coming to the Mac. For more information, check out the official web site. At this time Tribsoft is uncertain about a release date for the game, but we'll keep you informed of any emerging details.

Hyperion Software
Europa Universalis Web Site
Paradox Press Release

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