Age of Empires III Invades North America
Form line and prepare for battle! Age of Empires III, the stunning real-time strategy game from Microsoft and Ensemble Studios, is now available in North America in two versions: standard and Collector’s Edition. Age of Empires III raises the bar for strategy games with unprecedented graphic detail, incredible new features like the Home City and more realistic destruction with real-time physics modeling. The game’s huge single-player campaign spans several historical generations and exposes players to many of the game’s 12 Native American tribes. Reviewers around the world have hailed Age of Empires III as a new benchmark in strategy games.

The standard version of Age of Empires III is now in stores at a suggested retail price of $49.99 (U.S.). The Collector’s Edition, available from larger retailers, includes an impressive hardbound 210-page “The Art of Empires” book, a “Making of Age of Empires III” DVD, the official Age of Empires III soundtrack, a huge full-color poster, an exclusive Player’s Guide and a Collector’s Edition Game Manual. The Collector’s Edition is available for a suggested retail price of $69.99 (U.S.).

In Age of Empires III, players assume the role of a European power between 1500 and 1850 A.D. as they struggle to explore, colonize and conquer the New World. The game’s minimum system requirements are: 1.4GHz processor, 256 MB RAM, 64 MB video card that supports hardware transform and lighting, Windows XP, 56k modem for online play and 2GB hard drive space. For more information, please visit http://www.ageofempires3.com.

Ensemble Studios recently launched a new community site for Age of Empires fans featuring all of the latest Age news, exclusive interviews, downloadable content and Age of Empires III statistics. The community site includes forums where Age of Empires fans can chat, discuss strategies and get information from the game’s designers, artists and programmers. Check it out at: www.agecommunity.com.

Ensemble Studios (http://www.ensemblestudios.com) is one of the world's premier entertainment software developers. Ensemble Studios is known for its blockbuster Age of Empires and Age of Mythology game series. Ensemble's titles are distinguished by the highest-quality art and gameplay dynamics applied in familiar historical settings, and appeal to hard-core gamers and mass audiences. Ensemble Studios is based in Dallas, Texas.

Microsoft Game Studios is a leading worldwide publisher and developer of games for the Xbox® video game system, the Windows® operating system and online platforms. Comprising a network of top developers, Microsoft Game Studios is committed to creating innovative and diverse games for Windows (http://www.microsoft.com/games), including such franchises as Age of Empires®, Flight Simulator and Zoo Tycoon®; Xbox (http://www.xbox.com), including such games as Fable® and franchises as Halo® and Project Gotham Racing®; and MSN® Games (http://www.games.msn.com), the official games channel for the MSN network and home to such hits as “Bejeweled” and “Hexic™.”
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