UK-based game publisher Virtual Programming Ltd. has announced the release of Legion, a new strategy game based in ancient Rome. You must use your might as a military leader, diplomat, and administrator to raise a mighty empire from the lands of Italy, Britain and France.
Battles abound, and they take place on large 3D maps culled from real atlases of the ancient world. As commander, you must decide how to use the terrain and your troops’ formations to your best tactical advantage as you try to quell your foes. Hundreds of warriors share the battlefield at once, and Legion supports up to 20 computer-controlled opponents at once, each with unique strengths and weaknesses consistent with what would have been present at the time.
You must also collect resources like iron, wood, cloth and food, and control the growth of cities, the management of workers, and the training of new regiments to lead into battle. You can upgrade your cities with new buildings and fortresses, as well.
System requirements call for Mac OS 9.2 or later including Mac OS X 10.1.3 or later; G3/800MHz or faster; QuickTime 4 or later; 64MB RAM; 8MB video memory.
Legion can be ordered in the UK by visiting Virtual Programming Ltd.’s Web site (it doesn’t work in Safari, yet) or in Germany through Tradesoft. Distribution in North America is handled through Freeverse Software. No price was listed on Freeverse’s Web site as MacCentral posted this article, and the company listed the game’s release schedule as “To Be Announced” (TBA).