This DLC showcases the lightning-fast ascension of Persia from a humble kingdom to one of the largest empire history has known. Initially, as Cyrus the Great, you’ll have to overthrow powerful neighbors, like Media, your former liege. Ancient Babylon and his mighty cities, or Lydia, ruled by Croesus, a man riches beyond dreams.
But that’s not all, as Athens and Sparta are vying for supremacy over the Hellenes world, and soon the Aechemenid Empire and the western nations will be on a collision course. These three have a low chance to stay at peace for long, so be always on the lookout for opportunities.
If you prefer to play the underdog, a modest city in Italy might perhaps be a surprising contender. Or perhaps the novel city of Carthage, still fragile in his holdings. Opportunities abound.
Each nation will get a new set of tools to further his goals, with regional decisions. Because sometimes you might want to perform a specific action at a specific place, we are providing you with the opportunity to federate some barbarians, form up a new colony, force march an army or even prospect for natural resources! But that’s not all, because in additions to the 15 decisions each nation can use, Persia, Athens and Sparta have a few decisions specific to them, to tailor their experience further in a historical way. Intervening in Hellenes affair, declaring the Olympic games or recruiting mercenary hoplites to name some will all be possible courses of actions.
Impediments and Boon
The new campaign starts 2 centuries before the Empires campaign. To keep the experience focused on the nations of importance at this time while at the same time adding replayability to all games, including the base game we are adding in numerous peripheral regions impediments and boon. These are special natural sites that will often hamper development in a creative way, until you fix the issue (if that’s even possible). Boon are the positive side of impediments and are rarer but will make certain regions even more unique. To cite a few of both categories, you might encounter Impenetrable Forests, Nauseous Swamps, Bandits or might be blessed in some select regions by a rich soil, an oasis or a sacred grove. With more than 80 Impediments and Boon, expect the unexpected and no two games will be the same!
As you might guess, the major nations of this time have received a ‘special’ treatment. Don’t expect to play Persia as you play Athens or Lydia, this is simply not possible! Each, through events, missions, national modifiers, special units and specific buildings will play differently. We know you have been many to praise Empires for his varied custom content on many nations. The same approach has been taken here, for a fresh experience. Add to that regional decisions and impediments, and you’ll need to devise new strategies to win the game.