Urban Empire Revealed by Kalypso, Not a City Builder but a City Ruler

Tropico publishers Kalypso Media have announced their new game Urban Empire.

A city-building simulation game in which you must construct and then govern a city for 200 years, the game is being developed by the Finnish-based studio Fragment Production for PC.

Much like the Civilization series, your empire must survive through the ages, adapting to the times and the advances in technology. Taking place during the last 200 years, ending with the present day, your family have ruled this empire for the duration and it is up to the player to make the reign a success.

Here is a segment of Kalypso’s official press release for the game (with thanks to Polygon), “Establish infrastructures, plan city districts, debate political decisions at the town council, bribe or blackmail your opponents, empower the democratic rights of your people or ignore them and reign supremely by yourself — the decision is yours!”.

You may recognise Fragment Production from the Rescue: Everyday Heroes series of games which is where they mastered the real-time strategy aspect of development. Kalypso Media are most well-known thanks to the Tropico series, with Tropico 5 releasing in April 2015.

Here is a list of features from the Urban Empire Steam page:

  • City Ruler, not City Builder: Urban Empire offers a unique combination of classic city building and political management gameplay. Take on the role of a mayor, be a political mastermind and prove your skills by prevailing against opposing parties and guiding your city through technological evolutions and ideological revolutions.
  • Choose from 4 ruling families with 5 characters each, like the equal rights and social justice advocates the Kilgannons, or the Sant’Elias, who focus on scientific progress and the pursuit of knowledge.
  • Create and manage city districts on a large scale and fulfil your citizens’ needs – such as happiness, safety, and public services.
  • Introduce new ideas and technologies, like the electric tram, antibiotics or video games and use your power to convince the city council of your political agenda.
  • Up to 800 dynamic events represent the twists and turns of urban life: make and influence decisions on issues such as women’s rights, the hippie movement, and child labor.

Does this look like something you would be willing to pick up? If you have any interest in games like SimCity or Civilization then it’s definitely one to look out for? There’s no specific release date yet but Urban Empire is scheduled to release in Fall 2016.