Asmodee USA will release a new edition of Maharaja, redeveloped by Cranio Creations, on April 2.

Maharaja was first released in the U.S. by Rio Grande Games back in 2004 (see "Rio Readies New Board Games") and it was designed by Wolfgang Kramer and Michael Kiesling (see "'Porta Nigra' From Award-Winning Design Team"). The upcoming version of this area control game will feature new graphics and components and the gameplay has been changed to have players building statues of Gods instead of palaces. It also includes new characters to utilize for changing turn order, earning victory points, and adding bonuses for visiting cities.

This game is for two to four players, ages 12 and up, and plays in 90 minutes. It will retail for $64.99.