Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Economic Sim

ArtDink’s trading, cartography sim Neo Atlas 1469 releasing Feb. 15

Arc System Works is expanding their catalogue with a cartography simulator from ArtDink, Neo Atlas 1469. PC gamers will be able to take on the role of the master of a trading company in 15th century Europe, tasked with mapping the four corners of Earth, on February 15. Admirals will need to be hired, trade routes established, and fleets outfitted in order to send out parties to document the world. Once the expeditions return, players must decide which of their reports to use when creating their map.

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Time to fire up the ovens! Pizza Tycoon 1 and 2 now on GOG

Players are getting the chance to get back into the restaurant business with the release of quirky business sims Pizza Tycoon 1 and 2. Assemble Entertainment has released the titles, DRM free, for $5.99 each or together as a discounted bundle for $9.96. In addition to pushing pies to customers, players can also go into business with the mob and cause unfortunate accidents to happen at (and to) competing restaurants.

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Fallout Shelter – Update 1.9 to add new quests, Thanksgiving extras

Fallout Shelter will receive an update later this month for the mobile and PC versions. Update 1.9 is slated to add several regular and weekly quests as well the caves from Fallout 4 as a new location. Thanksgiving-themed goodies will also be added, with timed quests, room visuals, seasonal outfits, and extra stickers for iOS 10 iMessage.

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The Guild 3’s courts, offices, and popular opinion detailed

Three new screens were released for The Guild 3. The shots cover the political side of the dynastic simulator. In the upcoming entry, players will be able to utilize an ‘automatic’ economy system so that they can focus on their political rivals rather than their ledgers. Keeping an eye on others will be necessary because, as with the first two games, rivals can bring players to court or block them from attaining office. Just as current office holders vote for who will take over a vacancy, three judges will pass verdict on those brought to trial. Popular opinion affects both systems, and will benefit the player if they are supported by the people. Similarly, if they suspect that the player’s been up to no good, through bad backroom deals or excessive nepotism, the townsfolk will turn on them. A new AI based on a six-trait system will guide all proceedings, and is said to cause behavioral patterns to evolve during play.

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Fallout Shelter released for PC, updated with Quests and new combat

The Windows PC version and next update for Fallout Shelter that were revealed during E3 have gone live. The PC version includes all of the updates for the mobile version, including pets, crafting, and Fallout 4 characters. The game is free and available to download exclusively through the Bethesda.net launcher. It also features everything from the new patch, Update 1.6. Also available today for the mobile versions, this beefy download adds a new Quest system, an accompanying combat system, and several new locations, such as Fallout 4’s Red Rocket Fuel Stop and the Super Duper Mart. The combat system allows for direct attacks and has a mini-game for landing critical hits. Players will need to make good use of it as they lead their dwellers against new bosses, ghouls, and radscorpions.

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GOG kicks off its 2016 Summer Sale with events, free games, more

GOG.com has officially begun its 2016 Summer Sale. Slated to run for two weeks, the promo will feature over 1,000 deals along with activities and an XP system that awards points for use towards free games. New deals will be added every 24 hours. To kick things off, the service is giving away a free copy of System Shock 2 through their GOG Galaxy client for the first 48 hours. The recently updated Homeworld Remastered Collection is also on sale for 50% off. For those wanting to see some of the games in action, GOG staff will be streaming Stardew Valley and Grim Fandango Remastered tomorrow on their Twitch channel. As a bonus, anyone who tunes in will receive an XP boost.

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Fallout Shelter to get new pets, rooms, crafting, and more soon

Bethesda has announced that a new update is planned to launch later this week for Fallout Shelter. The 1.4 update will introduce crafting, new rooms in which to craft armor and weapons, lunchboxes with outfits and weapons from Fallout 4, the Barbershop to deck out the Dwellers in the new gear, a day-night cycle, and pets, including the addition of parrots. A full list of the changes can be found at Bethesda.net.

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Fallout Shelter updated with new mode, features for Android, iOS

An update has gone live for both the Android and iOS versions of Fallout Shelter. The patch adds several new features, including the ability to save a game to the cloud, scavenge equipment from dead Raiders, skip the tutorial, access a statistics page in the Survival Guide, and identify a stranger for extra caps. Survival Mode was also added for overseers seeking a greater challenge. iOS users receive some bonus goodies as well: Piper from Fallout 4 and five free lunchboxes.

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Fallout Shelter now available for Android, updated for iOS

Fallout Shelter has been updated for iOS and released on Google Play for Android. The new version adds Mr. Handy, a robotic companion that is bestowed as a premium reward. The helpful bot can be tasked with collecting resources inside the Vault, venturing into the wasteland to collect (precious, precious) caps, and fending off attacks. And it will have two new problems to contend with, also introduced in the update, Deathclaw invasions and Molerat infestations.

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Save Lincoln, encourage Civil War in roguelike train sim Bounty Train

Daedalic has released more info about their upcoming historical roguelike train sim Bounty Train. The latest gameplay elements to come to light are historical events. As players control a steam train on America’s frontier in the late 1800s, historical events will occur that player’s can intervene in, such as the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Amidst managing personnel, modifying engines and wagons, and battling robbers, players can use their influence to alter the course of the Civil War or go into business with the inventor of toilet paper, Joseph Gayetty. Train-themed toilet paper—perfect!

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