Rise of Nations Gold Edition Now Available
Microsoft Game Studios today announced that the Rise of Nations® Gold Edition has been spotted on store shelves in North America for an estimated retail price of $29.95 (U.S.). This compilation contains the award-winning real-time strategy game (RTS) Rise of Nations, as well as the critically acclaimed Rise of Nations: Thrones & Patriots expansion pack. Together, these two titles have sold over 1 million copies worldwide. Combining the epic scope of traditional turn-based strategy games with the fast-paced action of RTS games, Rise of Nations Gold Edition enables players to explore 6,000 years of history as they amass powerful armies, build prosperous economies and perform acts of diplomacy. The Gold Edition will also ship to international markets in November 2004.

From acclaimed game designer Brian Reynolds and Big Huge Games comes Rise of Nations, an epic, historical RTS game. For the first time, gamers will experience the pulse-pounding thrill and speed of real-time gaming combined with the epic scope and depth of turn-based strategy games. The game brings to life 6,000 years of history from the ancient age to the information age -- not just in warfare but in city building, trade and diplomacy. Despite the long timeline in the game, Rise of Nations is designed with the casual audience in mind, enabling gamers to move through the game quickly.

Rise of Nations: Thrones & Patriots, the expansion pack to the critically acclaimed, best-selling Rise of Nations, adds a barrage of new features to the original game. The expansion introduces six new nations, four unique single player campaigns, new wonders, more than 20 original units and a variety of government types.

The original Rise of Nations has garnered several Best of 2003 awards and Editor's Choice awards from major media outlets. Rise of Nations: Thrones & Patriots, released in April 2004, has also been awarded a number of Editor's Choice awards and has been praised as one of the best expansions to date. Rise of Nations and Rise of Nations: Thrones & Patriots are also available for an estimated retail price of $19.95 (U.S.) each. For more information about the Rise of Nations franchise, please visit the official site at http://www.riseofnations.com/.

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