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Thursday, April 25, 2002

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Europa Universalis II Coming to the Mac
9:40 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

A new announcement in the official Europa Universalis forums brings the good word that Paradox's latest historical RTS game Europa Universalis II will be coming to the Mac. The port will be done by the up-and-coming Vitrual Programming, already known for their port of Wipeout 2097 and soon to release Payback and KickOff 2002.

Many Mac fans will remember the original title was also slated for the platform, but difficulties with the original porting house Hyperion ended up killing the game. With Virtual Programming now establishing themselves with some released titles, we're confident EUII will be released as promised by the end of the year. For much more information on the game, be sure to check out the official web site. Here's a good rundown from the press release:

Europa Universalis has established itself as the ultimate historical real-time strategy game. With its sophisticated audience it is ideal for the Mac and we hope this will lead to more Mac versions of our games , says Theodore Bergquist, CEO of Paradox Entertainment.

- Virtual Programming Ltd are extremely pleased to bring Europa Universalis II to the Mac platform. Our goal is to seek quality, entertaining titles that will reward the Mac gamer, and Europa Universalis II is one such title. It is our hope that we can work with Paradox Entertainment in the future to see more of their great titles on the Mac platform, says Paul Lesurf, Managing Director of Virtual Programming Ltd.

Europa Universalis II has broadened the games horizons. The game spans more than four hundred years (1419-1820) and the player can choose to play any nation that ever existed in the world. That is over 100 playable nations, including the Japanese Shogunate, the Chinese Empire and African tribes! Several key features in the game are open for players to change according to their own tastes, such as historical event flow and scenario constructions, etc.

This is definitely great news for Mac gamers, as it's always good to see PC developers turned on to the platform. We'll keep you posted as Europa Universalis II proceeds towards release late this year.

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