Back to News Listing Crown of Glory: Emperor’s Edition Now Available!

Posted: Tuesday, March 03, 2009 by Sean Drummy

Type: Press Release

Wage total war across Europe and build an empire in Crown of Glory: Emperor’s Edition!

Matrix Games and Western Civilization Software (www.west-civ.com) are thrilled to announce that Crown of Glory: Emperor’s Edition, the highly anticipated sequel to the critically acclaimed Crown of Glory, is now available for immediate download!  Combining strategy and tactics in one design, Crown of Glory: Emperor's Edition offers gamers an opportunity to test their strength in an age of legends. 

Physical versions are now available to be ordered in the Online Store.  Please note that they are not yet in stock, but orders are now being accepted for shipment once they are in stock.  We recommend ordering the Digital+Physical version so that you can download and play right away while waiting for your boxed copy to arrive.

The original Crown of Glory won a series of accolades, including the Charles S. Roberts award for best Pre-20th Century Wargame, the War-Historical Group’s Wargame of the Year 2005, 8/10 from IGN and 9+/10 from Wargamer.com.  Crown of Glory: Emperor’s Edition is a major step up from the original in nearly every area, with new detailed Naval Combat, a streamlined economic system, a much stronger AI, beautiful new strategic map, new scenarios and significant interface improvements, just to name a few!


To mark the release of Crown of Glory: Emperor’s Edition, three of the tutorial videos included with the game are now available to give gamers a feel for the addicting gameplay and in-depth game system headed their way! The topics of the three tutorials are The Basics, Land Combat, and Naval Combat. Be sure to check them out on YouTube or download a higher quality version from our website.


David Heath, Director of Operations at Matrix Games, said “Crown of Glory: Emperor’s Edition is a very worthy sequel to the original classic.  The new features, improvements and additional scenarios as well as engrossing strategic and tactical play make this an experience that Napoleonic fans should not miss. Anyone with an interest in the Napoleonic period as well as fans of beautifully designed strategy game should give this game a look!”


The initial release is download-only, with options for boxed copies with printed manuals planned to be available next week.  Customers who would like a boxed copy and printed manual should wait for those options to show up in the Matrix Games Online Store before purchasing.  Also, customers who already own the original Crown of Glory are entitled to a $10 Discount Coupon off the price of Crown of Glory: Emperor’s Edition.  This discount coupon can be retrieved by following the links on the product and store pages.


Glory is Fleeting, Obscurity is Forever...


Two centuries ago, Europe was in the midst of one of the most gripping periods in human history. It was an era that saw cobblers become princes and emperors become exiles, an age of legendary diplomats and brilliant tacticians. Listen to the roll of the drum, the call of the bugle, and see the banners unfurled above the divisions and corps. Wide-eyed recruits march next to battle-scarred veterans, sabers clatter alongside the bags of grapeshot, the wheels of hundreds of caissons rattle, as generals plan and diplomats plot, and all of Europe grasps with desperate hands for… The Crown Of Glory.


This new Emperor’s Edition is a sequel to the acclaimed Crown of Glory and improves on the original in every area, immersing the player in the epic events of the Napoleonic era. A beautiful strategic map with more than 200 provinces covers all of Europe and North Africa, with scenarios and campaigns from 1792 up to 1820. Stronger AI, a streamlined interface and a new simplified economic model to allow players to focus on the aspects of the game they most enjoy. Players take the role of one of the crowned potentates of any of the eight Major powers as well as having the option to play as a minor power such as Poland, Denmark or Portugal.


A turn-based structure allows you to play at your own pace, deciding on the military, diplomatic, economic and social paths of your nation, including treaties, trade routes and levying and supplying military units. While your armies march across a worldwide map with monthly turns, detailed land and naval battles allow you to play at a smaller scale, where your brigades, divisions and ships can be commanded with historical tactics. All battles can be resolved quickly or fought out on a detailed battlefield map.


Each unit has its purpose on the battlefield, with such diverse troops as Jagers, Cossacks, Janissaries and Horse Artillery all modeled for individual strength and morale ratings and each beautifully rendered and animated. Similarly, ships ranging from Frigates to massive First Rate Ships of the Line clash on the seas in battles ranging from skirmishes to decisive fleet engagements, all modeled in great realistic detail.


The eight major powers (France, Britain, Austria, Prussia, Russia, Turkey, Spain, and Sweden) and over ninety computer-controlled minor nations are modeled in rich historical detail. Every effort has been made to bring you as thorough a simulation of the Napoleonic Era as is possible, from the dockyards of Lisbon to the frozen wastes of Holy Mother Russia.


Historical leaders, special abilities, fleets, upgrades, reinforcements, colonialism, guard units and over 100 historical events, give Crown Of Glory: Emperor's Edition a unique and engrossing style. Combining strategy and tactics in one design, Crown Of Glory: Emperor's Edition offers you an opportunity to test your strength in an age of legends.


Emperor's Edition Improvements:


  • New strategic map including a network of roads connecting provinces
  • 70 new movement areas on the strategic map
  • New “Simple Economy” mode for players who want to concentrate on military / diplomacy
  • 6 new minor powers
  • 101 new historical events such as “Reign of Terror,” “Janissary Revolt,” and “Assassination of Paul I”
  • Map zooms in and out smoothly on strategic and detailed combat levels
  • Nations gain Experience and Naval Experience and use these to purchase national upgrades, advanced units, and special training for units
  • Improved orders of battle in all scenarios with historical names for hundreds of divisions and ships
  • New scenarios for 1803 and 1812
  • New scenarios that allow Portugal, Bavaria, Denmark, the Netherlands, and Poland to be player-controlled
  • Changes to strategic A.I. to create more historical decisions for certain nations
  • New “Path of Napoleon” victory condition in which player must try to accomplish all of Napoleon’s goals
  • New rules for inflation and mobilization limits to better model wartime effects on the economy and to limit army sizes to historical levels
  • New rules for march attrition
  • New interface screens for strategic overview, unit and province lists
  • Ability to fight detailed battles at division or brigade level
  • New system of in-game help
  • New music and sound effects


Be sure to watch or download the new tutorial videos and check out the developer's notes!

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