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The Settlers: Rise of an Empire – The Eastern Realm is the first add-on to The Settlers: Rise of an Empire.

The Goddess of the Green Fire doesn't like the old Eastern Empire which is now under your rule. So as any good enemy, she threatens the current state of peace and has to be eliminated. But yours is not the only state in the Eastern Realm that is threatened by the presence of the Goddess so the beautiful Saraya, only child of Praphat, Mogul of Hidun, allies herself with you.

She is the only new hero the add-on adds to the game and her passive abilities lowers not only the building price of trading posts but also makes it cheaper to buy resources there. Her activate ability is to demand tribute from other factions.

Besides the new hero, the most obvious new addition is the climate. Much like in the winter scenarios in the original, not everything can be produced in a desert and the new weather pattern monsoon can make whole areas inaccessible due to floods. Honey, fish and corn are none existent there. To help the player to overcome these handicaps a bit, the add-on brings two new buildings to the game: the fountain and the trading post. While the fountain saves up water during the rain season which can then be used during the dry season, the trading post allows the player to engage in trading with the other factions. There are also a few new decorative objects available including a triumphal arch and a sun-dial.

The last gameplay addition is the return of the geologist, already known from the previous games. But unlike the previous games in which he scouted good places for new mines, this time he can reactivate already dry iron-mines.

Besides the new campaign the add-on also includes new multiplayer- and single player-maps. Three multiplayer-maps and four single player-maps were made by the community during a mapping contest held on the official website of the game.


The Settlers: Rise of an Empire – The Eastern Realm Windows Knight information
The Settlers: Rise of an Empire – The Eastern Realm Windows Map screen
The Settlers: Rise of an Empire – The Eastern Realm Windows Loading screen
The Settlers: Rise of an Empire – The Eastern Realm Windows Our hero Marcus

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Alternate Titles

  • "The Settlers: Расцвет империи - Восточные земли" -- Russian title
  • "The Settlers: Vzestup říše - Východní království" -- Czech title
  • "The Settlers: Narodziny Imperium - Wschodnie Królestwa" -- Polish title
  • "The Settlers: Batisseurs d'Empire - Le Royaume de l'Est" -- French title
  • "Die Siedler: Aufstieg eines Königreichs - Reich des Ostens" -- German title

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Game Captain Apr 06, 2008 80 out of 100 80
GameStar (Germany) Mar 26, 2008 79 out of 100 79
Gameswelt Apr 08, 2008 77 out of 100 77 Apr 01, 2008 74 out of 100 74
Gamezoom May 04, 2008 67 out of 100 67 Apr 11, 2008 65 out of 100 65 Apr 21, 2008 12 out of 20 60
Gameplay (Benelux) Apr 29, 2008 59 out of 100 59
GBase - The Gamer's Base May 06, 2008 5.5 out of 10 55
Computer Bild Spiele Apr 02, 2008 3.44 out of 6 51


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Sicarius (61637) added The Settlers: Rise of an Empire – The Eastern Realm (Windows) on Mar 27, 2008