Rome at heart of new Europa Universalis

Paradox Interactive introduces next installment in long-running PC strategy franchise.

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Paradox Interactive has revealed the next edition of its Europa Universalis PC strategy series, and its future is residing further in the past than ever before. Whereas previous installments of the game have taken place in the last millennium, Europa Universalis: Rome kicks off in 280 B.C. and lets players take control of world events before the birth of the Roman Empire.

Naturally, the new time period will require the game to include new armies, but it will also feature more than 50 playable nations, a new emphasis on diplomacy and religion, as well as a 3D map and terrain.

Europa Universalis: Rome is set for release in the second quarter of 2008. For more on the game, check out GameSpot's Q&A with producer Johan Andersson.

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