Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Economic Sim

Fallout Shelter tops App Store charts, played 70 million times daily

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Bethesda has announced that Fallout Shelter, the mobile strategy and management sim that tasks players with running a Vault, has hit two milestones: “the top downloaded game in 48 countries and the top downloaded app of any kind in 25 countries.” Released during E3, Fallout Shelter toppled Candy Crush as the third top-grossing app in the US within two days of launch, and it remains the most-downloaded free game on the App Store. And to top off the stats, the release also noted that the app has been played 70 million times daily since release.

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PS4 version of Tropico 5 gets its first DLC add-on, Waterborne

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El Presidente is taking to the seas today in a new expansion for the PlayStation 4 version of Tropico 5, Waterborne. The add-on, the first for the PS4, features a six-scenario campaign, four new sandbox maps, nine offshore buildings, including floating apartments and power facilities that generate energy from waves, two avatar costumes along with six accessories, and submarines. The emphasis on water also adds new events and mechanics.

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DLC, PlayStation 4 News

Tropico 5 to go cloak-and-dagger route with Espionage DLC

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Tropico 5 will be spending some time in the shadows in the newly announced expansion Espionage. Scheduled to launch on May 28 for PC, and later this year for PS4 and Xbox 360, the expansion will add a new six-mission campaign, The Maltese Toucan, which will pit the player against the machinations of foreign agents who are after the regime’s secrets. The pack will also include nine spy- and military-themed buildings, such as security checkpoints, a spy academy, dungeons, and the Ministry of Information; four avatar costumes; six avatar accessories; four island maps; four music tracks; sandbox tasks; and spying mechanics, which will also be available in all multiplayer modes and current Sandbox maps.

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DLC, PC News, PlayStation 4 News, Xbox 360 News

Tropico 5 now available online, as Special Edition in stores for PS4

El Presidente has decided to grace the new console generation with his presence today in Tropico 5. Players will once again be able to guide a small island nation through the ages, from World War I to the Cold War and beyond. A dynastic element allows the president’s family to be placed in positions so that his policies are implemented, but each change must be monitored to ensure that the people do not become angry or rival factions gain too much power. Players wanting a physical copy will get a bonus, as the retail version is the Limited Special Edition and comes with a Tropican password, a postcard, and two download packs, Bayo del Olfato and The Big Cheese.

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DLC, PlayStation 4 News

A-Train: City Simulator rolls into eShop for 3DS

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Natsume has released their 3DS train-management sim A-Train: City Simulator. The Artdink-developed title tasks players with sustaining a transportation company through subsequent eras, starting with steam-powered trains, by managing the company’s finances and keeping customers happy. Support structures can also be built to maintain additional means of travel, including bus routes, subway stations, and airports.

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Prepare the death ray! Tropico 5: Supervillian DLC now on Steam

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El Presidente is making the shift from benevolent to malevolent in the latest download pack for Tropico 5, Supervillian. The set includes a new standalone scenario that tasks players with becoming the world’s most dangerous villain by building an underground lair and fitting it with a new giant laser. The pack also adds a moustache avatar accessory, the Isla del Pescado sandbox map, and a new music track along with added voice overs.

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DLC, PC News

Screenshots, details released for Natsume’s A-Train: City Simulator

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Natsume has released some new screenshots from their upcoming traffic-management sim A-Train: City Simulator. Described as “a cross between a social experience and a deeply involved city building simulator,” the game puts players in the shoes of a transportation supervisor tasked with keeping traffic running like a well-oiled machine in a variety of situations, from cities to suburbs. Players will have access to a variety of support structures, including subways and bus terminals, to augment their services and keep their job as they progress from the steam era to electric. Custom scenarios will also be possible with an included map editor.

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Offworld Trading now available through Steam Early Access

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Mohawk Game’s interplanetary economics-themed strategy title Offworld Trading Company has been added to Steam Early Access. A special launch promotion is also ongoing to offer early adopters a 10% discount ($35.99). The Early Access version currently features head-to-head and free-for-all online play, a single-player campaign, and a skirmish mode. As an entrepreneur on Mars, players must follow the market to maximize their profits by buying and selling food, water, and other resources. Hackers and pirates are also available to lend a hand.

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PC News

El Presidente harnesses wind power in Tropico 5: Gone Green

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El Presidente has decided to embrace green tech in the recently released Gone Green DLC for Tropico 5. The download adds a new building, avatar accessories, music, and sandbox map. All of the content is based around renewable power, which will allow the president’s helpers to use the new windfarm buildings to turn the latest island addition, Isabella, into an energy-efficient tropical paradise.

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DLC, PC News

Offworld Trading Company hitting Steam Early Access on February 12

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Soren Johnson’s Mohawk Games has revealed that the studio’s debut title, Offworld Trading Company, will be available on Steam Early Access on February 12. The economic sim focuses on players trying to maximize their profits by exploiting the resources of Mars. Colonists need resources, food, and water to survive, and skillful players will be able to parlay their business acumen—along with the help of hackers and pirates— into riches that will see them expanding into offworld markets. The Early Access version includes a single-player campaign, a skirmish mode, and head-to-head as well as free-for-all online modes. A few screens and a gameplay trailer were released as well, and can be found below.

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