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'Empire Earth II' Strategically Invades Retail

by Rainier on April 26, 2005 @ 4:25 a.m. PDT

Vivendi Universal Games announced today that the real-time strategy game Empire Earth II has shipped to retail stores in the US and will be available for purchase by Thursday, April 28th. The game carries a suggested retail price of $49.99 for the PC and has been rated "T" for Teen audiences by the ESRB.

Empire Earth II has already received critical praise from gaming publications. PC Gamer Magazine gave the game a 94% score and “Editor’s Choice” award in their review, declaring that “Empire Earth II is the new king of real-time strategy gaming.” IGN.com states, “This is truly an epic game on all levels” in their review, adding “Empire Earth II is a deep and satisfying real-time strategy game.” In addition, Warcry.com asserts, “if you’re going to play one RTS game this year, play this one.”

“Empire Earth II is the only real-time strategy game that gives players complete control over all of human history and beyond,” said Philip W. O’Neil, Chief Operating Officer and President, North America for Vivendi Universal Games. “We’re excited that the game is already getting such rave reviews and expect that gamers will agree that Empire Earth II takes the genre to a whole new level.”

Building upon the success of its predecessor (GameSpy 2001 PC Game of the Year), Empire Earth II includes over 500 unique units, breakthrough 'why-didn't-they-think-of-this-before' interface innovations, and for the first time in the series, ambient weather and seasons like sandstorms and snowfall that affect game play.

The single-player campaign features three globe-spanning campaigns powered by all-new non-cheating AI technology. The conquest continues in the online multiplayer mode, where new diplomacy options and nine game types create a new level of strategy and competition.

A featured title in NVIDIA’s “The Way It’s Meant to Be Played™” program, Empire Earth II has undergone extensive compatibility testing to ensure a “no hassles” install-and-play experience for gamers with NVIDIA-equipped PCs. The game includes optimizations for the Intel PentiumĀ® 4 processor supporting Hyper-Threading technology and supports the latest NVIDIA™ nForce4 SLI Intel Edition motherboards.

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