New Civilizations at War screens, movie

Midway's PC RTS is nearing completion, and new media provides a fresh view of impending battlefield action

Rise & Fall: Civilizations at War's ultimate selling point is that armchair commanders are permitted to bury themselves in the very heart of combat - via Hero Mode - as a General battling alongside their troops. You'll be able to slip into the guise of the likes of Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar and Cleopatra and, through use of your - hopefully - great fighting skills, help turn the tide of a battle if things seem to be going a little pear-shaped.

Cool, eh? In the broader scheme of things, the RTS finds players dishing out orders to one of four mighty empires of the ancient world and attempting to stomp the opposition into the dust. The game's not due till June but in the meantime you can enjoy new screenshots and a movie we've received via pigeon this afternoon.