Civilizations at War rises to gold status

Midway PC game mixing real-time strategy and third-person action set for release June 12.

Midway Games' real-time strategy title about societies long gone is almost here. The company today announced that Rise & Fall: Civilizations at War, set in ancient Rome and Egypt, among other places, has finished development and gone gold.

The game, which will be released June 12, mixes up the RTS genre's typical setup. It allows players--normally resigned to directing troops and units from afar--to assume the roles of legendary figures from history and fight alongside their foot soldiers, archers, cavalry, and other ground forces.

The game pulls eight leaders of four historic empires--the Egyptians, Romans, Greeks, and Persians--from the history books, including Alexander the Great, Cleopatra, Julius Caesar, Ramses, Nebuchadnezzar, and Achilles. Players can also choose to commandeer four other, smaller civilizations, then control their hero characters from an action-game third-person perspective, another deviation from most real-time strategy titles. The game also supports up to eight players at once in multiplayer modes.

Originally set to release late last year, Civilizations at War was thrust into the spotlight last November when its developer, Stainless Steel Studios, unexpectedly shut down. Midway promised the game would remain on course, and had its San Diego development studio pick up where Stainless Steel left off.

Gamers who preorder Civilizations at War from certain retailers will receive a 48-page mini-strategy guide. A Midway spokesman told GameSpot the specific retailers offering the guide include EB Games, EB Games Canada, GameStop, Best Buy, Target, Fry's Electronics, and Comp USA.

Rise & Fall: Civilizations at War is rated T for Teen and will retail for $49.99.

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25 comments
rlcuban
rlcuban

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brenden7591
brenden7591

i hope this game rocks its gonna replace my dawn of the modern world

s0l0123
s0l0123

Gonna check it out when it comes out, should be good.

shafty420
shafty420

played the demo its tight, love the third person hack em up style naval battles are best ive ever seen in a rts with the boarding and ship combat

ymcop
ymcop

yes, I would rather the Total War series!

bunty_007
bunty_007

I am going to KCUF this on PC :)

balahh
balahh

I can't wait for this game! I tried the demo version and it had some nice, fresh ideas that changed the RTS perspective. Definitely on my list of games.

MC_Hammerty
MC_Hammerty

I thought this demo was kinda lame. Some cool ideas, but why do you need an army to take out troops when you have a crossbow that takes legions out with a few shots? In the end, it felt like the army was there as your mentally-defunct dog who you had to guide to destory key structures.

ktowncanada
ktowncanada

I'm betting it will be the type of game that people don't love to play but still like it.... like a B+ on a report card.... it hardly means anything

arkadiyk
arkadiyk

this game is the illest yo play the demo fools

arkadiyk
arkadiyk

this game is the illest yo play the demo fools

alberto2045
alberto2045

PC only why can they make it for PS2 or the BOXES

metal_america
metal_america

To: Al_zindo I totally agree, they can become very repetitive. But i bet thats why they are letting you play it in third person you know spice it up make it interesting

elythemonkey
elythemonkey

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ubj007
ubj007

Only for PC Gamers.

sigma8
sigma8

Ok, I thought it was more like a Rome: Total War type game. If it's a standard RTS, it might not be so bad. The videoclips I watched looked very cheesy, but I'll keep my eyes out for the reviews. I hope it's better than I expect, as I am an ancient history buff.

Al_zindo
Al_zindo

ok... but PC players only on this one. I have nothing against PC strategy games but honestly they can become repetitive. DUNE still reigns supreme for me.