RoN Expansion Rising

Following up on the hint mentioned earlier today (story) New Nations rise, original's price falls on GameSpot reports on a drop in price for Rise of Nations, Big Huge Games' RTS epic, to US$40 and plans for a RoN expansion pack called Throne and Patriots that's expected in Spring 2004. They have posted the first screenshots from the project, and here is a bit off the provided description:
The expansion pack will include six more new playable nations to the original game's total of 18, along with more than 20 new units, and new features, like the expansion's new campaigns and its government system. The government system will let each nation in the game determine for itself how it will be governed--a decision that will affect its development over the course of history. The new campaigns will include scenarios based on real-world historical engagements.
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