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'Rise of Nations: Thrones and Patriots' Ships To Stores

by Rainier on April 28, 2004 @ 10:20 a.m. PDT

Microsoft Game Studios today announced that Rise of Nations: Thrones and Patriots has marched onto store shelves in North America for an estimated retail price of $29.95 (U.S.). Rise of Nations: Thrones & Patriots, the expansion pack to the critically acclaimed, best-selling real-time strategy (RTS) game Rise of Nations, adds a barrage of new features to the original game.

Combining the epic scope of traditional turn-based strategy games with the fast-paced action of RTS games, Rise of Nations: Thrones & Patriots enables players to explore 6,000 years of history as they amass powerful armies, build prosperous economies and perform acts of diplomacy.

Developed by Brian Reynolds and Big Huge Games, Rise of Nations: Thrones and Patriots adds the Americans, Persians and four other new nations; as well as four new historical single player campaigns, including Napoleon and the Cold War. The expansion adds more than 20 new units, such as massive Persian war elephants and US Marines. Players can build new strategic wonders and create governments for their nation. After creating a government, any nation, old or new, can choose exactly how to be governed, which has far-reaching effects on how units perform in various situations. The all-new single player campaigns allow gamers to control the course of history during historical events that changed the world. For more information about Rise of Nations: Thrones & Patriots, please visit the official site.

The original Rise of Nations has won several major awards, including Game of the Year and Strategy Game of the Year, and is available wherever games are sold for $29.95 (U.S.). Rise of Nations combines the epic scope of turn-based strategy games with the fast-paced action of RTS games. In Rise of Nations, players build a city and then improve its infrastructure, create new cities and expand national borders. Gamers have the option to win through military might, using everything from slingshots and cannons to stealth bombers, or they can corner the market on key commodities as they wheel and deal with a wide variety of nations. Unlike other historical RTS games, Rise of Nations allows gamers to quickly play through history, from early civilization to the modern age.

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