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As you may or may not know, the project formerly known as Napoleons Campaigns II, which was a Co.-production between Paradox France and Paradox Development Studio has been brought fully in-house to be developed further by PDS.

We wanted to give you some insight into production and an update. Basically we started with some ideas, some mechanics, an engine (Clausewitz) and assets, we then sat down and made our own design from the ground up. One of the key issues we had to address was how to make the game more accessible, these days accessibility is something by which our games are constantly measured against, both by the general gaming community but also our core audience. As you all know by now, with accessibility we don’t means less complex. Just easier to get into. We also had to review the project plans to ensure we stay away from further date slips.

Me, King & Birken sat down and talked for a long time, and we came up with what you can see below. It will be a game that looks and feels like what our gamers have come to expect from a PDS game.
We aim to have the game ready in Q1, and I'd describe this as a uniqe war-focused game in the napoleonic era, with diplomatic and economical aspects to it. Think Hearts of Iron (warfare focus) meets Sengoku (winning goal) with alot of EU influence (timeperiod).


So now we present - March of the Eagles, and here's the description of the game.


Take command as any European country in the year 1805 and steer it through the turbulent period of the Napoleonic wars. As one of the great powers seek to gain dominance of the continent or as a minor country try to choose the winning side. Featuring a streamlined unit system, giving you a number of basic building blocks to construct your armies from, but giving you unprecedented flexibility in army construction as the balances of unit types give the armies new roles and abilities. A highly flexible victory system that sees Britain and France pitted against each other for dominance over the continent, but should one stumble another country can pick up the baton. Each country has different paths to Victory, taking the Eagles into Spain and Russia over France its best ways to win but your path is yours. As for the other countries your routes to Victory lie in several directions, do you ally with France or oppose her, both routes are open to you. The destiny of Europe is in your hands, what will you do?


- A detailed European Map stretching from Lisbon to the Urals, with operational manuevers on a map with cities and forts.
- A detailed historical leader database featuring the major commanders of the Napoleonic Period
- A powerful army building system that is easy to grasp but offers powerful choices to the player, with units organised in flanks, centres & reserves.
- Combat system with selectable preferred tactics for your armies.
- A detailed supply system, where supply lines and control of cities is vital for your victory.
- Diplomatic gameplay, with coalitions, satellites and expeditionary forces.
- A flexible Victory system that allows for Historical choices but gives the players freedom to pursue their destiny
- A freeform system that creates a dynamic game experience that gives the player multiple replayability, which country do you choose, which gambit do you pick?
- Every country playable, with eight major nations that can win on their own.
 
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Amazing.
One Question to you, Johan : Will you work with the new paradox expansion and patch policy, like you do at Crusader Kings 2, or will you work with the "old" expansion/patching system on March of the Eagles?

new system.
 

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Initially wasn't interested (not a big Napoleonic era fan) but the description has got me interested! Big question is firstly how moddable is this and secondly will the save games be similar enough to the code of EUIII to allow importation?

its as moddable as all our games.. importing isn't that easy though, as you have to convert provinces
 

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Does the game still have some non-European territories represented? When I saw the early verison in January, parts of India, North America and the Caribbean were in...

No.
 

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We limited the map to europe, as having small boxes removed immersion and had to support separate mechanics... And having entire world would reduce the detail too much for it to be a fun game.
 

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So why is this "A Europa Universalis Game"? Is that just attached to the title to sell more copies?

Because its in the EU time era, and also because creating more franchises is not necessarily a good thing
 

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If none of the actual mechanics are included, why include it in the title? It's misleading (which I guess may be the point).

Who said that it shares no features with EU? Of course it does, and it uses the same engine - so even though it will be different in many ways it will still look and feel familiar to anyone who's played EU.
 

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If using the same engine is the only similarity then it could just as easily be called "A Victoria Game" or "A Hearts of Iron Game".

The engine is not the only similarity, which is why I answered you:

Who said that it shares no features with EU? Of course it does, and it uses the same engine - so even though it will be different in many ways it will still look and feel familiar to anyone who's played EU.
 

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When Napoleon came back from his Elba exile they used the term "the Eagle has landed", 154 years before the moon landing...

His son "Napoleon II" was nicknamed "l'Aiglon" or Eaglet.

Also both Prussia, Russia and Austria used eagles in their coat of arms.
 

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So far every game has had a Steam free version available on Gamersgate. I don't see any reason why they would change that now.

We'll see how it looks like in January, but GG is at about 6-7% of our market at the moment.
 

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Easy and safe? Are we speaking about the same thing? Steam? DRM? Constant online mode? Strange transfer agency?

You might mistake it with Gamers Gate. That is safe and easy. Does not have DRM, and can be played offline.

None of our games require you to be online while playing.
 

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That is simply not true. I'm surprised you have put your name to such a statement.

Which part? Because we know pretty well what sells and where.
 

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Plus, GG is actually a great site I like to support. You guys really should keep doing business with them.

If you want to see more focus on GG, it's actually you who should keep doing business with them (and by "you" I mean customers in general). If 90% of our customers chose to buy our games at GG, that would of course become our main focus instead of Steam. But 90% chose Steam.
 

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Oh, please, can we have a separate thread for the pro/anti Steam ranting?

I don't even think we need yet another thread on the topic as there are more than enough on this forum. Back to Napoleon from now on.
 

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"Nobody buys games in boxes anymore"

Well I do for one.

I believe that what Johan meant was that so very few buys PC games in boxes these days that it's not worth the cost of printing & shipping for us.
 

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That's a bold claim, Mr. Andersson. I'm inclined to believe it (reluctantly) as PI has always been a good company toward the average consumer. With that said there are so many companies claiming that they're making their games more accessible without compromising depth and right out lying about it. Has anyone here played Civ5? :p

EU3 was more complex than EU2 but has better interface and is easier to pickup.