MacPlay today announced a partnership to handle US distribution of Macintosh games from British publisher Virtual Programming. The two companies will launch the agreement with the release of the real-time strategy game Europa Universalis II (US$29.99) later this month. “Europa Universalis II, which was originally developed by Paradox Entertainment, asks the question ‘What if you could re-live history?’ The action covers the years 1419-1820, beginning with the 100 Years War between France and England and ending with Napoleon’s rise and fall on the battlefields of Europe. Players can choose from over 180 Nations to control, including not only the European superpowers but also the Chinese Empire, the African tribes, the Cherokee Indians, and more. Players can dictate both domestic and foreign policy as they guide their fledgling Nations to world domination.”