East India Company (Video Game)

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East India Company first company of the world, first English joint-stock company. It was initially formed for pursuing trade with the East Indies, but that ended up trading with the Indian subcontinent and China. The company was so well managed it made enormous profit from the trading countries. Very soon, the company was ruling a large part of many of the trading countries. After many battles with ruling countries, most of the company’s stake was dissolved in The British Crown. The Company itself was finally dissolved on 1 January 1874, because of the East India Stock Dividend Redemption Act. I always dreamt to be a part of the greatest company of human history, not just managing employees instead managing whole countries. Therefore, for me and for all the fans of the East India Company, there is an option. A game named East India Company is under development of Nitro Games and will be published by Paradox Interactive.

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East India Company is an upcoming real-time strategy computer game. It is set for release in 2009. The game is based on history of European conquest of South Asia and Southeast Asia by means of East India Companies. The player will be given the role of role of the Governor Director of the East Indies. The task is straight but not easy, you have to establish a trade empire to rule over all others. After establishing the empire, you have to manage it and also fight against the rival factions. The game will be available in both single and multiplayer versions. It will only be available for Microsoft Windows.

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The player has to manage, fight and rule nations from Europe to the Far East. You will be given eight nationalities to choose from British, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, French, or Danish. You will have to build your fleet, establish connections to far away countries, and also keep the rivaling nations at bay. There is an option of choosing ship from larger array of ships. Choose from transport and military vessels and assign them to specific routes for trade. Success in the game will heavily depend on controlling well-situated ports and upgrading them for heavy trade. Players should avoid wars as you are serving basically as a merchant. Once fleets are engaged each other, the spectacular naval battles are fought ate a real time tactical level. The battles effects are real and you can feel the roaring broadside cannons tearing through enemy ships and their crew.

The developers are promising some unique features in East India Company. Some of the unique features are listed below:

Single Player

  • Two Command Modes: Give orders to all your ships in RTS mode or take the helm of a single ship in Direct Command-mode
  • Unique combination of war and trading
  • State of the art diplomacy AI
  • Eight playable nations: England, France, Holland, Portugal, Denmark, Sweden, Spain and the Holy Roman Empire
  • Over 10 realistic ship types; from small sloops and cutters to the East Indiaman
    and warships
  • Realistic yet fast-paced naval combat
  • Spectacular cinematic and epic naval battles
  • Hire fleet commanders who will gain new skills and increase the abilities of your
    fleets
  • Take over ports and protect your shipping routes to create the largest trading
    empire.
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Multiplayer

  • Player statistics tracked on the EIC game server
  • Supports up to 10 simultaneous players
  • Several game modes for with single and team approach
  • Raise your ranking by thwarting your opponents

All kinds of major ships are included in the game. You can use these ships according to your needs, like Ship-of-the-line (Heavy), East Indiamen (medium), and Sloop (light). Major ships included in the game are Ship-of-the-line, East Indiamen, Xebec, Galleon, Flute, Brig, Cutter, Schooner, and Sloop.

Ship-of-line

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These ships are the most essential battleships of the era. Though they got there own disadvantages because they are slow and sluggish to use, but they were the most powerful vessels in the sea. Very oftenly it was ranked 1st or 2nd rate in a company’s fleet. This type of warship has played an important role in naval battles all over the world in the 17th-18th century.

East Indiamen

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This category of ships was designed out of the experience gathered from long and hard voyages to India. This class can be considered as largest merchant vessels, usually weighing between 1100-1400 tons. These ships were mainly designed for trading, but with that, they are well equipped to defend themselves from pirates and other threats.

Sloops

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They are the fastest vessels in the sea. Reason was large sail size and small carriage size. Due to small area, they could not take large amounts of cargo. They were usually used to carry precious items like gold, diamonds and other gemstones. They were lightly arms but sue to their fast speed, they save themselves from avoiding heavy battles.

so get ready to rule the world in royal style and feel how those brave men would have felt. Get into the most royal vessels and travel in style.

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