Rise of Europe covers the balance of power in Renaissance-era Europe, as the leading noble families of Europe - the Medici, the Fuggers and the Tudors - struggle for wealth and power. Players take on the role of a member of one of these families, competing with thousands of other players. Their objectives are to bear their family banner into battle with fame and glory and to develop imposing cities, which must also be defended from intruders and jealous rivals.