Microsoft unveils Age of Empires III
Special packaging of upcoming strategy game
includes art book, making-of DVD, poster, and soundtrack CD.
A big, shiny version of Age of Empires III
will be available on store shelves when the game is released
this October. Microsoft has announced a collector's edition of
AOE3, which includes a variety of bonus material for the highly
anticipated PC strategy game. The special edition will set
gamers back $69.99.
Included in the collector's edition will be a
210-page "The Art of Empires" book, a making-of-the-game DVD,
the game's soundtrack on CD, and a poster of concept art by
Craig Mullins. Players with pennies to spare will also get an
exclusive player's guide and a special game manual.
AOE3 jumps forward in time from AOE2's Middle
Ages to the colonial period, and it lets players select from any
number of empires trying to get a slice of the New World pie.
Aside from an impressive new 3D graphics engine, the game adds
new gameplay elements, such as the home-city system and the
ability to ally with Native Americans.