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The first game from Civ IV lead designer Soren Johnson?s Mohawk Games is official: Offworld Trading Company. Ars Technica wrote a great piece introducing it.

 

No military units exist in this sci-fi RTS, but the constant changes in the player-driven marketplace require truly adaptive strategy to come out on top of the cutthroat corporate warfare that shapes Mars in the near future.

Soren talks more about Offworld on his blog, and the official site has some tidbits as well.

 

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Offworld Trading Company will be coming to Steam Early Access on February 12, and we also have some screenshots and video released today.
 


Although I have worked on Offworld Trading Company for over a year now, I still struggle to know how to first describe the game. It

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Offworld Trading Company went into Early Access today on Steam. :)

 

Soren Johnson has also been putting up lots of video tutorials about OTC on their YouTube channel.

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Game looks good, but I suspect I'll get terrible at it. Is there any kind of demo planned for the future? 

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I'll definitely check it out when its past early access.

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Game looks good, but I suspect I'll get terrible at it. Is there any kind of demo planned for the future? 

 

Not sure yet on plans for a demo. It's still a while until release and resources are best dedicated to development at least for the time being. 

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Offworld Trading Company is releasing on April 28th! The next great strategy game from Civilization IV designer Soren Johnson!

 

http://forums.offworldgame.com/476337/

 

 

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Win your fight with wit, not weapons
The Martian market is a battlefield where your money, wits, and business savvy win the wars. Race against your opponents to control the stock market and drive their businesses into the ground.

 

Experience new adventure in every game
Every time you play Offworld, it's a new experience! Since the gameplay is market-driven and changes each time, no two games will ever be the same.

 

Manipulate the Market
No one ever said that corporate war was fair. Sneak in some underhanded attacks against your opponents by hiring pirates from the black market to steal their hard-earned goods, or send a spy in with a device to trigger an Electro Magnetic Pulse to disrupt their business for a short time.

 

Exciting Daily Challenges
Try our daily challenges and test your mettle against other players to try and get the highest score! Take a look at the scoreboard and watch the leaders' replay videos to check out their strategies.

 

Learn about Mars' Corporations in the Campaign
Four big businesses are vying for all of the resources and control on Mars. Learn about what brought them there and how they intend to drive their competition into the ground and come out on top.

 

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I bought the deluxe edition last night and gave the spare key to a friend. He's been able to give it a go and he says he's very interested in it. Sadly I'm still at work, so I have to make do with listening to the Soundtrack until this evening. Not that that's a bad thing, I'm really enjoying that in itself!

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Well, there went my bank holiday morning! :laugh:

 

Honestly this is a great game, and a great twist on the RTS genre. The tutorial gives you the basics (although seems to leave out the somewhat crucial idea of you only being provided with <X> amount of tiles) like any tutorial should, but there is quite some depth to this game. And I can see what other people have been saying, due to its angle on economics, and economic theory in general, this really is a game which switches things up each time you play.

 

I initially came back in here to write a mini review of my first impressions, but I've found myself stuck for ways to explain it. I'm going to have a think about it and come back later, but I'm really happy I stumbled across this game and checked it out! (Y)

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It's a fun little game, I kind of got over it after winning a few games.  Can see it being something to pick up and keep coming back to for a lot of people.

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Looks pretty sick. But I promised myself I wouldn't spend anymore money on games. :<

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2 hours ago, BinaryData said:

Looks pretty sick. But I promised myself I wouldn't spend anymore money on games. :<

I tell myself that every day...It never lasts long :pinch:

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2 minutes ago, Andrew said:

I tell myself that every day...It never lasts long :pinch:

Eh, I need too. I'm trying to move to another city to find a new job. Need to save for things.

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New Map Toolkit DLC is out today for Offworld Trading Company. :)

Info: http://forums.offworldgame.com/477942/
 

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New Map Editing Tool
Design and create your own Martian landscapes with looming plateaus, deep craters, and more

New Maps
Enjoy several new maps based on real Martian locations, perfect for getting you started with editing your own

New Campaign Locations
Explore new maps that work with the "real Mars maps" option, now incorporated into the campaign

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The Patron and The Patriot DLC is out today for OTC. 

Lots of info here: http://forums.offworldgame.com/480251
Steam: http://store.steampowered.com/app/538090/

Features:

  • Colony Class - Each colony now specializes in one area of the economy, altering local market conditions in a variety of ways.
  • Campaign Length - The campaign tournament can now last for 4, 7, or 10 games. Each length comes with its own balance tweaks and gameplay subtleties.
  • Wholesale Orders game mode - Not all colonies want you to build habitats and work modules for them. Now some instead want your company to supply a variety of wholesale goods.
  • Two new Characters - New CEOs with new gameplay perks.
  • Story-Driven Campaigns - Six interactive short stories about life on Mars, available to experience through playing the new characters on each different length of campaign.
  • New Staffing Perks & New Achievements

 

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