You might not realize it, but every real-time strategy game you've played has been nothing more than prettied up chess. That's according to Vispi Bhopti, product manager for Sega and Creative Assembly's upcoming Stormrise. The current buzzword in gaming is 'verticality'. It seems the next dimension is actually, well, the good old-fashioned third dimension – you know, up and down and all that. You can really see how it makes a difference in something like Stormrise. Most RTSs, including Creative Assembly's Rome: Total War, have always existed on that one plane, and give or take the occasional hill, it was a flat plane at that.