Republic was first revealed behind closed doors at E3 last May. The ambitious strategy game, designed by ex-members of famed British developer Bullfrog Studios, focuses on a fictional nation that establishes its independence during the collapse of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s. As a political leader in this nation, the player's goal will be to rise to power by building a strong network of personal relationships with others in key positions. Players will be able to assume power through different means, such as military force, crime, religion, and more.
Republic features a fully 3D engine that models the entire nation accurately and keeps track of its thousands of inhabitants. The game is currently slated for release more than a year from now, in spring 2002. Nevertheless, it will be shown by its developers at the Game Developers Conference this week. GameSpot will have first-hand impressions of the game at that time.