Stardock revealed Offworld Trading Company, a new economic RTS being developed by Mohawk Games. The game is set in the future where the Earth has been drained of all of its natural resources and humanity has migrated to Mars to take advantage of it's abundant resources.
The game is a real time market simulation which doesn't sound like a lot of fun until you realize that you can cheat the system by sending mutants and pirates to attack your competitors and create fake shortages. I think this takes Keynesian economics to another level which should make for some entertaining gameplay.
The game is headed to Steam early access on February 12th and people bold enough to be early adopters will get 10% off the price of the game. If you want more details about the game be sure to check out this video which dives into all the things you'll be able to do in the game.
Offworld Trading Company Revealed, Early Access Landing Scheduled
- Economic RTS from Mohawk Games reveals first look at the game, livestream schedule and direct pre-order discounts -
Plymouth, MI – January 28, 2015 – Stardock and Mohawk Games pulled back the curtain today on Offworld Trading Company, the highly anticipated return of Civilization IV designer Soren Johnson to the traditional PC gaming world. Offworld Trading Company is headed for Steam Early Access on February 12, and the publisher revealed the first gameplay footage today, showcasing its fast-paced, cutthroat economic competition across its single-player campaign, Internet multiplayer, and AI skirmish modes.
Offworld Trading Company is available today for pre-purchase directly through publisher Stardock at http://offworldgame.com/store. For a limited time, the game will be discounted to $35.99 off of its regular $39.99 as a token of appreciation for the support of those first players through the door.
The initial Early Access version of Offworld Trading Company allows players to compete head to head or in free-for-all matches over the Internet, explore the dynamic single-player campaign that responds to your choices and the outcomes of the scenarios, and skirmish against the advanced AI that is already more than capable of wiping the floor with unsuspecting players.
Offworld Trading Company is a new direction for real-time strategy, where money is both your deadliest weapon and toughest defense. After the Earth is tapped out and the asteroids claimed by faceless megacorporations, the stark Martian surface is the final frontier on which dreamers and entrepreneurs can make something of themselves by staking their claim to the red planet’s abundant resources and building an economic engine capable of out-producing the competition.
The real-time, player-driven market is the foundation of the game, allowing players to buy and sell resources, materials, and even the food and water their colonists need to survive. Only by buying low and selling high – and perhaps engaging in a little more overt market manipulation with hacker arrays, black-market pirate raids, and more – can players build up enough capital to gain access to the incredibly lucrative offworld markets that bring in the cash they need to buy out their rivals and claim the Martian economy for themselves.
Mohawk Games is heavily invested in community-driven development – not only has the game been played by early adopters for months already, but the team will be livestreaming its own playtests and engaging with the community every week. Tune in to http://www.twitch.tv/mohawkgames every Thursday at noon Pacific (3pm Eastern) to see the latest on Offworld Trading Company development.
For more on Offworld Trading Company, please visit http://offworldgame.com and check out the Mohawk Games blog at http://mohawkgames.com.
For more on Stardock, go to http://www.stardock.com.
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About Mohawk Games: Mohawk Games is the independent game development studio run by Soren Johnson, the lead designer on legendary strategy title Civilization IV as well as many other projects. Soren is joined by several other prodigious talents, including Civilization V art director Dorian Newcomb.
About Stardock: Stardock is a leading developer and publisher of PC games and desktop software. Its PC games include Sins of a Solar Empire and the critically acclaimed Galactic Civilizations series. Its desktop software includes Start8, Fences, WindowBlinds, ModernMix, and more.