Rise of the EmpireÂ is a meta-expansion that adds a completely new layer toÂ Imperial Settlersby introducing an open-world campaign setting. From game to game, playersâ€™ empires will advance, reaching new eras, goals, technologies, discoveries, and provinces. (You donâ€™t need to play the campaign in a set group of co-players as each empire can develop at its own pace and represent different stages of advancement.)
This meta-expansion includes 220 new cards divided into three types: Provinces, Goals & Achievements, and Technologies & Discoveries. In additionÂ Imperial Settlers: Rise of the EmpireÂ shortens gameplay from five to four rounds.