Avault writes: "In the 17th century, the known world was ruled not by military might, but by trade. And the international hub of this trade was India. Fleets of sailing ships from many nations, including England, France, Spain, Portugal and Holland, criss-crossed the Atlantic and Indian Oceans transporting cotton, silk, saltpetre, tea, opium and indigo dye from India to their home ports. The trips were long and arduous, and not without danger, as piracy was rampant. Publisher Paradox Interactive and developer Nitro Games want to give you a taste of life in this fascinating time with East India Company, a real-time strategy game that puts you in the captain's chair for adventure on the high seas."