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Monday, April 7, 2003

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MacPlay to Distribute Virtual Programming Games
10:27 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

MacPlay today announced that it will be distributing British publisher Virtual Programming's upcoming games in North America. Under a previous agreement, Freeverse Interactive distributed Virtual Programming's products in the U.S. such as Wipeout 2097 and Payback.

Here's more from the official press release:

Europa Universalis II, which was originally developed by Paradox Entertainment, asks the question "What if you could re-live history?" The action covers the years 1419-1820, beginning with the 100 Years War between France and England and ending with Napoleon's rise and fall on the battlefields of Europe. Players can choose from over 180 Nations to control, including not only the European superpowers but also the Chinese Empire, the African tribes, the Cherokee Indians, and more.

"'What if?' scenarios are endlessly fascinating," said MacPlay President Mark Cottam. "And since Europa Universalis II allows players to relive 400 years of history, it offers all kinds of interesting possibilities. Who knows?maybe the Byzantine Empire will survive past 1453 this time."

Players can dictate both domestic and foreign policy as they guide their fledgling Nations to world domination. They may decide to open the lines of communication with their neighbors and negotiate trade agreements or adopt an isolationist policy and become self-sufficient. They might take an aggressive, expansionist stance and expand their empires or choose to amass military power within small borders.

And when diplomatic talks fail, they can decide when to let slip the dogs of war against their enemies.

Europa Universalis II includes tools for the creation of new countries and historical scenarios, a tutorial system that explains the game mechanics to new players, and an in-depth manual. The music features selections from the time period and the graphics reflect the wide variety of vehicles, weapons, and armor used between the 15th and 19th centuries.

"We are now developing over 10 titles for release over the coming months," explained Virtual Programming Director Paul Lesurf, "and having built a strong team of development partners, we will strive to bring quality releases to the Mac community. We're excited to have MacPlay as our U.S. distribution partner and look forward to working together in the future."

The two companies will launch the agreement with the release of the real-time strategy game Europa Universalis II later this month. Be on the lookout for a preview of the game on IMG soon.

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