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Wednesday, January 10, 2001

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Europa Universalis Preview
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A new preview has been posted by PC.IGN providing a look at the dense military strategy title Europa Universalis. While this game has been out for the PC in Europe for quite some time, it's still filtering over to the US, and was just announced as coming to the Mac last Fall. Reportedly Hyperion Software (who recently completed Shogo: MAD) will be doing the port for Paradox Entertainment, the original developers of the game. Here's a clip from the preview:

The game begins in 1492 during the Age of Discovery and ends 300 years later as Napoleon rises to power. This has always been one of the most interesting periods in history as far as I'm concerned. Not only do you have the classic conflicts of Church and State, but you've also got a conflict between the European nations themselves that spans the whole globe. Having the chance to fight through the religious wars of the European continent and eventually set out to establish new colonies in the New World, the Orient and Africa is damn hard to resist. At least if it's done right. In this case it looks like Europa Universalis is at least detailed enough to make it. I mean the manual itself is over 75,000 words. That's like 75 times the length of this preview.

A game with this much going on has got to be turn-based, right? I mean, you can't be priest, diplomat, general, statesman, treasurer and tyrant all at once, right? Not all over the world at least. Of course you can't and one of the real challenges of Europa is that it isn't turn-based. You'll control the fate of every facet of your empire with a big clock ticking right in front of your face. This real-time focus more accurately recreates the pressures and uncertainties of real monarchs (I was for a time ruler of a small duchy in the Apennines). Trying to set your priorities is crucial. And rather than going with a system of focus points (in the manner of the upcoming Master of Orion game), the real time gameplay keeps you sweating. Although you can pause the game if you really feel things are getting out of hand.

Check out the rest of the preview for more information on Europa Univeralis. Browse through the official web site if you are looking for even more details on the title. We've contacted Hyperion on the status of this port, and we'll be sure to let you know what we find out.

Europa Universalis Web Site
IMG News: Europa Universalis Comes to Mac
PC.IGN Preview of Europa Universalis

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