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March of the Eagles detailed, mashes up Hearts of Iron and Europa Universalis

Wednesday, 19th September 2012 12:54 GMT By Dave Cook

March of the Eagles is the new war strategy title from Paradox Interactive. It takes place during the Napoleonic War era, and blends Hearts of Iron’s combat with the strategy and visual style of Europa Universalis. That’s good news for strategy fans by the way.

PC Gamer spotted the March of the Eagles dev diary, which spools off Paradox’s vision for the game, along with a barrage of initial details.

Studio manager Johan Andersson laid out the game’s DNA in his diary, and explained, “We like to think of all of our games as one big family, so, think of March of the Eagles as a love child with a lot of parents. It has the war focus from Hearts of Iron, the time frame and visuals from Europa Universalis, and victory conditions similar to those you’ve seen in Sengoku.”

Andersson continued, “When you design a wargame like this, you need a map where the warfare of the time-period can be performed. For a game in the Napoleonic era, there needs to be enough space to maneuver your armies, but small enough that you don’t end up with units on a company level. What we have created is a map of about 2,800 provinces covering Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East.”

“What you will see is different in March of the Eagles is that not every province is an actual city providing manpower and tax” Andersson added Only a few are. The rest are basically locations for armies to maneuver on.”

Andersson concluded, “What we want to create with March of the Eagles is to recall the ambitions of the European countries of the era,” he said. “And we want to create the fluidity of alliances and coalitions that constantly change, all to take down the dominant power or strengthen oneselves.”

What do you think strategy buffs? March of the Eagles certainly sounds deep and akin to the ‘true’ strategy experience. We’ll have more as it comes.

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