on Thursday announced plans to publish a Mac conversion of the strategy game Rise of Nations this summer. It’s been in development since February at the studios of Westlake Interactive.
Rise of Nations is a historical real-time strategy game from Brian Reynolds, co-creator of legendary strategy games like Civilization II and Alpha Centauri. Created by Reynolds’ own development studio, Big Huge Games, and published for the PC by Microsoft in May of 2003, Rise of Nations puts you in the role of the leader of an empire. This game focuses your attention on the creation and development of cities as a way to expand your nation’s borders. You can try to grow your empire by diplomatic and commercial means, or you can build up your military might as well. The game spans eight historical periods covering 6,000 years of human civilization from the Ancient Age to the Information Age.
Gameplay includes the ability to stage quick battles on any map as one of 18 nations, or to participate in a single-player campaign. Online gaming and LAN gaming for up to 8 players is also supported.
Rise of Nations has been rated T for Teen by the ESRB. Specific system requirements were not announced today. MacSoft’s Web site had not been updated with details about the game as MacCentral posted this article.