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Europa Universalis scheduled to hit stores as holiday craze subside

New York, USA (November 9, 2006) - Paradox Interactive announced today that their biggest production to date, Europa Universalis III, will be shipping to stores on January 23, 2007 in North America with releases in Europe and Australia to follow shortly thereafter.

The title has been rated E and 12+. A Collectors Edition will be available in limited numbers on key markets. The Collectors Edition with a suggested retail price of $49.99 will include a complete strategy guide among other exclusive assets. The standard version has a suggested retail price of $39.99.

Europa Universalis III is an epic strategy game of centuries that delves deeply into the areas of exploration, trade, warfare and diplomacy. The open-ended gameplay allow for an impressive number of choices and outcomes as players take control of a nation and guide it through the ages to become a great global empire.

Features include:

Over 300 years of game play by starting at ANY date between 1453 and 1789.

Flexible nation building: decide your own form of government, the structure of your society, trade politics and much more. The possibilities are endless.

Take history in your hands and call personalities like Sir Isaac Newton, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart or René Descartes as advisors to your court.

A lush topographic map in full 3D allows for a rich and complete worldview, and contains more than 1700 provinces and sea zones.

More than 250 countries to lead during the game's extensive time span.

More than a thousand historical leaders and over 4000 historical Monarchs at your disposal

Manage more than 100 individual unit troops to secure as much power as possible.

Co-operative multiplayer mode that allows several players to work together to control a single nation

Complete customization, Europa Universalis III gives you the chance to customize and mod practically anything your heart may desire. Join the constantly growing and incredibly talented Paradox modding community!

About the game

Europa Universalis III, which delves deeply into the areas of exploration, trade, warfare and diplomacy, is an epic strategy game where players take control of a nation and guide it through the ages to become a great global empire. Unparalleled in its depth and historical accuracy, Europa Universalis gives players freedom to rule their nation from an impressive choice of over 250 historically accurate countries. The Europa Universalis series put Paradox Interactive on the map as a leading strategy games publisher and developer and fans worldwide are eagerly anticipating Europa Universalis III.

Europa Universalis III scheduled worldwide release in Q1 2007.

About Paradox Interactive

Paradox Interactive has been a leading publisher and developer of strategy games for the PC platform since 1999. Well-known worldwide for their strategy titles, the company has a particularly strong presence in Europe and the US. The steadily growing publishing portfolio includes in-house developed titles such as critically acclaimed franchises Europa Universalis and Hearts of Iron; as well as third party titles that include Rush for Berlin in North America, Galactic Civilizations II in Europe and upcoming worldwide release of Frontline: Kursk.

The experienced Paradox development team is currently working on Europa Universalis III, its biggest production yet.

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