Sierra has shipped Emperor: Rise of the Middle Kingdom in the US, and the game should start arriving in stores today. Emperor adapts the well-established city-building gameplay of Impressions' previous games, such as Caesar III, Pharaoh, and Zeus, to a new setting: ancient China. The game is also the first in the series to offer multiplayer options, which include both competitive and cooperative modes.
Look for a full review of the game on GameSpot later today. For more details, take a look at our previous coverage of the game.