If you “love Age of Empires 3, you’re going to love” new civ Sweden

If you're a strategy games fan, you're probably counting down the days to the Age of Empires 3: Definitive Edition release date. You probably also know that the RTS game's overhaul will feature two brand-new civilisations: Sweden and the Inca. If you're fan of the original, and wondering what the new civs will throw into the mix, you needn't be worried - if you "love Age of Empires III, you're going to love Sweden". That's according to Forgotten Empires co-founder Bert Beeckman, who tells us: "Sweden is very interesting because it's the first time we have Sweden in the whole franchise. So, it's completely brand-new". He adds that when the devs looked at the civ's history they realised, "this is actually a small nation. But at the time, it really dominated the battlefields in Europe during the 17th and 18th centuries. We had to look up why that was". According to Beeckman, the reason was: "They were very innovative with gunpowder, with their use of cavalry and mercenaries" - and it seems this was a perfect fit for the game.

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