The Settlers 7: Paths to a Kingdom Announced

Long-running city-building strategy series The Settlers will continue in spring 2010 with The Settlers 7: Paths to a Kingdom on PC, Ubisoft announced today.

Coming from series creator and Dawn of Discovery developer Blue Byte, Settlers 7 features the usual fine-tuning of settlements to optimise transport and production, and three paths to triumph--military, science and trade--with a new victory points system.

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The Settlers 7 also boasts a new graphics engine and improved AI with "more than a dozen AI profiles, each with unique behaviors," as well as several multiplayer modes with leaderboards, and support for "user-generated and downloadable content."

Click on to see an announcement trailer with an unsettling blend of reality and fantasy.

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