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[Android] Introducing the coming strategy game - Rising Empires

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My name is Peter Norberg. My brother Johan and I would like to introduce you to our current game project, [b]Rising Empires[/b], that we have been working on for a bit more than one and a half year. Rising Empires is a civilisation building game with a focus on conflict:

[i][b]“Rising Empires is a massive multiplayer turn-based strategy game in a fantasy setting intended for Android phones. The goal of Rising Empires is to expand and strengthen your empire by developing your cities and research new technologies.[/b][/i]

[i][b]Six races with unique abilities struggle to survive on the Surface and deep in the caves of the Netherworld. There is a constant conflict for territory between empires as well as in between their demanding gods! A rich technology tree allows each player to mould his empire and troops to suit his playing style. All empires play in the same world and interact with each other.”[/b][/i]

[img]http://www.risingempires.com/gallery/photos/shot057.jpg[/img]

The game has been designed for Android smart phones and we intend to release it on Google Play near the end of this year. Nina Olsson at Morgis Art & Design has helped us with all in-game graphics and Robin Chyo (Senior Concept Artist at Funzio) has created all race images:

[img]http://www.risingempires.com/gallery/photos/shot050.jpg[/img]

If you're interested in Rising Empires and its development please support us by visiting our [url="http://www.risingempires.com/"]website[/url] or our [url="https://plus.google.com/110986761976789900708"]Google+ page[/url] and +1 us. We write regular updates for Rising Empires and there is also a gallery with screenshots from the very beginning of the development.

Cheers!
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