Paradox Interactive announced today that they will be publishing Nitro Games upcoming naval strategy game, East India Company. EIC is based on the historical trading companies of the 18th Century. You will be able to build up a trading empire which will spread from Europe to the Far East. The game promises in depth naval warfare with a wide range of ships at your command.
I will be honest that this simply sounds like a stripped down version of Empire: Total War, a game which has a great trading element to it. From reading the press release, EIC is only about naval combat and trading, it doesn’t seem to have any other features such as ground combat that make Empire such a good game. If you want more details you can read the aforementioned press release which follows this picture:
Stockholm, Sweden, March 20th 2009. Today leading Publisher Paradox Interactive announced that they have acquired the worldwide publishing rights to the naval war strategy game, East India Company. The game developed by Finland based Nitro Games Ltd. is based on the historical East India Companies of the 18th century. Players will enjoy building the world’s largest trading empire and engaging in fierce battles in spectacular naval battle mode.
“East India Company is an excellent addition to the Paradox portfolio of quality games. With a combination of challenging gameplay and outstanding production value, East India Company is sure to impress the most demanding gamers”, Says Fredrik Wester, Executive VP of Paradox Interactive.
“We are very pleased to have Paradox Interactive publishing the game.” said Jussi Tähtinen, CEO of Nitro Games. “We feel that their long history and experience in publishing successful titles in the strategy game genre is essential in bringing East India Company to the worldwide market.”
East India Company brings strategy games to new levels giving the player a full control from company management to taking the Direct Command of a single ship in a naval battle with accuracy previously unseen in strategy games. Through trading, diplomacy and war the players will rule the nations from Europe to Far East.
In East India Company, players will enjoy building the World’s most powerful trading empire and engaging in vigorous battles in both single player and multiplayer modes, all within a breathtaking cinematic game environment.
Players will fight, manage and rule nations from Europe to the Far East with eight nationalities to choose from: British, Dutch, French, Danish, Portuguese, Swedish, Spanish and Holy Roman Empire.
Starting modestly, you will build your fleet, establish connections to far away countries, and keep the rivaling nations at bay. Choose from a wide array of ship classes, including a variety of transport and military vessels. Create diverse fleets and assign each of them specific trading routes. Control and upgrade well situated ports as you form your strategy for domination.
Conflicts and wars are inevitable. When hostile fleets engage each other, the spectacular naval battles are fought from a real-time tactical level. Devastating broadsides are fired with a deafening roar and cannon balls tear through enemy ships and their crew. For greater tactical depth, command your ship and give independent orders to each of your fleets. Fight against the other European powers to create a trading empire that will rule above all others in this groundbreaking strategy war game!
• Spectacular cinematic and epic naval battles
• Two Command Modes: Give orders to all your ships in RTS mode or take the helm of a single ship in Direct Command-mode.
• Unique combination of war and trading
• State of the art diplomacy AI
• Eight playable nations: England, France, Holland, Portugal, Denmark, Sweden, Spain and the Holy Roman Empire
• Over 10 realistic ship types; from small sloops and cutters to the East Indiaman and warships
• Realistic yet fast-paced naval combat
• Hire fleet commanders who will gain new skills and increase the abilities of your fleets
• Take over ports and protect your shipping routes to create the largest trading empire
Multiplayer (internet or LAN)
• Supports up to 8 simultaneous players
• Player statistics tracked on the EIC game server
• Several game modes for with single and team approach
• Raise your ranking by thwarting your opponents
Read more about the game: http://www.eic-game.com/