Ancient Cities is an upcoming PC game city builders should keep an eye on
Ancient Cities is an upcoming PC game that has hit Steam Greenlight and surpassed a funding goal on Kickstarter. Here's why you should keep it shortlisted, should you be a city builder fan.
Cities: Skylines provided players with a blank canvas to construct and manage their own modern city, but what if you wish to take a trip thousands of years ago and start a colony way back then? This is what Ancient Cities from Uncasual Games plans to offer. The title is a real-time strategy civilization simulator that touches on exploration, the evolution of colonies, as well as the introduction of technology.
The game has already gone through Steam Greenlight, surpassed a goal on Kickstarter, and is now on Indiegogo to continue funding for development and more content for release. Here's the goal with Ancient Cities:
What makes Ancient Cities intriguing to someone who enjoys a solid real-time strategy or city builder experience is the ability to start fresh in the Neolithic era and take a colony through the ages. The team has already built a stable foundation with the absolute essentials already coded. Things like citizen needs, technology advancement, exploration, day/night cycles, and basic AI are all stated to be developed.
That said, there's still a long way to go and this game isn't slated for release until December 2018. The developer has shared some features that are planned for release:
- Discover the lands with parties.
- Develop relationships with factions.
- Other cities for raiding, trade, and more.
- Migration will be simulated (religion, tech, culture).
- Hunter parties.
- World events to change the course of history.
- Defensive structures, including walls, towers, and more.
- The introduction of finite natural resources.
- Unlock weapons and tools for construction.
- Religion will play a major role, as well as politics.
- Increased number of clothes, animals, building types, etc.
- Citizen traits (religion, culture, etc.)
- Simulated health and sickness.
Interested in backing the game ahead of release? Head over to the Indiegogo page to make a pledge. We'll be sure to cover the game as it nears release next year and will no doubt have a review published to see if Ancient Cities is worth your time.
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