Automation is a car company tycoon game in which you design and build cars from scratch. It is you who designs everything from the very core that is the engine, over the chassis, to the suspension and the car's looks. Several games have tried this before... but were able to merely scratch the surface.
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“We held back on launching Automation into Early Access until the game had a solid, fleshed-out core which the main tycoon part of the game will be based on. We also wanted to make sure we can offer enough content and polish to warrant presenting and selling the game to a larger audience.

Previously we offered an early access version of the game via our website, but this sales platform and distribution channel has been outgrown by the steadily increasing interest in the game, becoming complicated to manage for a small team like ours.

Finally launching the game on Steam Early Access makes possible to speed up development with any additional income, allowing for quicker content addition (car bodies, engines, etc.) than otherwise possible. It also allows us to get additional manpower to the team to tackle the huge job of game balancing and AI programming.

Last but not least, with the major milestones of completing the car designer and engine designer under our belt, the implementation of multiplayer features means using the Steam API for network communications, saving us a lot of double work associated with developing our own networking code first.”


“Completing the game and adding all content promised will likely take anywhere between one to two years. This may seem like a lot, but a complex game like Automation takes a small team a long time to make to the standard we do. Rest assured that we are confident of finishing all the promised features of Automation, even if it may take quite some time.

We're not known for being good with estimates, but always deliver and are good at avoiding feature creep. Our development process focuses on milestone builds that introduce new features every ~3-4 months and are both beta-tested and reasonably polished-up. Any major problems with these milestones are addressed quickly in hotfixes before we move on to the next milestone.

Quick Facts About Development:
  • Fully independent developer
  • Small 5-person team
  • 3 years of full-time development so far
  • First public demo released April 2012
  • Funded by preorders, 14000 sales before Steam Early Access
  • Modular development approach: 3 main parts, 2 are feature complete
  • Major updates every ~3-4 months
  • Focus on transparency, community contact and open discussion
  • Frequent YouTube & Facebook development updates


“In Early Access our efforts go towards adding more detail to the tycoon and management part of the game. Once the campaign mode is fully playable, more content is added (engine types, car bodies, scenarios, multiplayer modes) and the game is polished up and balanced before it being considered complete.

Since Mid 2015, a portion of our team has been focused on porting Automation over to Unreal Engine 4, and the next major update release will be on Unreal, giving huge improvements in graphical quality, performance, UI design and general playablity, as well as giving us the developers the tools to develop Automation better, faster, and maintain it far into the future.”


“The current Early Access version of the game has the following, fully functional and playable, yet content incomplete features:
  • Car Designer
  • Engine Designer
  • "Lite Campaign" simple Tycoon mode.
  • Car/Engine Sandbox Mode
  • 60+ Scenarios and Tutorials
  • 35+ Base Car Bodies
  • Tons of in-game videos and descriptions

    Please Note: The current Steam Early Access launch version contains a simplified "Lite Campiagn" version of the Tycoon gameplay. Future updates will add more detail and complexity to these aspects of the game.


“Yes, by buying into Early Access you save around 15% and get the warm feeling you are helping a niche independent game dev.”


“We already do, we have a great active forum community, and we have an amazing core testing team recruited from the testers. If this really is the game you always dreamed of, you can help us make it.”
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10月 16 日

(B171016 + Hotfix!) Game Engine 4.17.2 & Modding Update

B171017 Hotfix + New Mod Tools
We fixed the engine sound issues and added some more logging to the startup procedure to aid in finding out what happens in the case mods are not showing up in game for some of you.

The new mod tools have been released and modders can repackage their mods to make them compatible with the UE4.17.2 version of the game.

B171016 Original Post
The past week we continued work on the modding tutorials, to help lower the threshold of entry for new creators and to create a solid knowledge base for all modders in general. It still is a work in progress as some aspects are not fully described yet, but quite fleshed out for many areas of Automation modding already. If things are unclear, don’t hesitate to mention what and where, so that we can clarify. In case you are interested, have a look here:

With this update we’ve upgraded the game engine to Unreal Engine 4.17.2, which hopefully addresses some of the seemingly random crashes you ran into. It does come with many UI related updates, and for example finally allows us to use thicker lines on graphs.

On the other hand this probably allowed a few little mostly visual UI bugs to sneak into this patch because of the porting process. One drawback of the new version are the now more blurry icons which were perfectly crisp in the last engine version we used. We’re waiting for input from Epic regarding the issue.

For modders this switch means that you now will have to work in the 4.17.2 editor and update existing mods to that version for them to be compatible. You need to wait for the new mod tools, too! Sorry for the inconvenience, but we definitely want to get this engine update to you sooner rather than later, when there will be a ton more mods that then would need to be updated. The modding tools are not updated just yet but will be latest one day after the posting of this.

We got several reports of mods not working at all for some people and are investigating the reasons for that. There are some common reasons for that, including the Steam Client not being up to date (you can look for updates via the Steam menu in the top left corner), or Steam needing a hard restart (same menu, choose Exit).

If those two things don't help, we'd appreciate if you could send us your recent log file where it failed to load any mods you are subscribed to.
For that, paste this path (including the %) into your windows explorer:
and send the latest log to mentioning the mod loading issue. That would help a lot!

Here are the patch changes:

B171016 Modding
  • Updated mod tools with various fixes
  • Improved and expanded modding tutorial
B171016 General Changes
  • Updated game engine to Unreal Engine 4.17.2
  • Added mousewheel control to paint sliders for fine tuning
  • Added misc fixtures section to trim UI
  • Disabled double-click to focus on part of car, use middle mouse button
B171016 Fixes
  • Fixed issue with car paint UI wrapping
  • Fixed sliders running off ends in some situations
  • Fixed issue with slider min/max markings positions
  • Fixed third sector time showing with wrong sign on test track
Hope you enjoy and thank you for your feedback and bug reports.
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10月 5 日

(B171006) Third Patch and Modding Update

With this update we have more fixes and a big update to the modding aspect. Over the course of the week we’ve written a tutorial that should cover most aspects of the modding process. You can find the tutorial here:

Also, we released updated modding tools along with today’s update. We’d appreciate your feedback in regards to the tutorial and unclear parts of it. It is considered a work in progress.

One of the many mods already in the works, this one by dukeaccent.

We’ve started digging more into the seemingly random crashes players experience and found a potential cause and fix for it, but it requires some support from Epic to sort out, so a fix didn’t quite make it into this update. We’ll keep you posted.

Here is the changelog for today’s update.

B171006 Modding Changes
  • Updated mod tools with various fixes
  • Added modding tutorial
B171006 General Improvements
  • Improved fixture handling
  • Improved wing alignment behavior
  • Improved tooltip behavior, now close when you click away
  • Added fixture highlighting on mouseover
B171006 General Fixes
  • Fixed tooltip layout for some part comparison tooltips
  • Fixed car thumbnails being generated without resetting visibility options first
  • Fixed photoscene camera not moving with car when changing scene
  • Fixed track times missing third sector time
  • Fixed wheel parameters weird values when using imperial units
  • Fixed game not autosaving changes to fixtures / trim aesthetics
  • Fixed wing mirrors getting holes in them when choosing body color
  • Fixed issue where fixtures would place in the level instead on car
  • Fixed various strings missing
  • Various small fixes to labels, texts, and data formatting
  • Various fixes to bodies and their morphs
  • Updated to latest translation files

As always, thank you for posting & sending in your bug reports.
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Current Release Status

The current release contains the Car and Engine design aspects of Automation along with a simplified "Lite Campaign" version of the Tycoon gameplay. Future updates over the next 12 months will focus on adding more detail to this side of the game, as well finishing our work porting Automation over to Unreal Engine 4, giving major improvements in graphical quality, performance, playability and UI Design.

Read the Early Access description for a full overview of what is finished so far, and check out out for regular development news updates -


**NEW UPDATE**The "Lite Campaign" simple Tycoon mode has now been released!

Automation will allow the player to become an armchair CEO - to build their own car company from the ground up. Create and run anything from a boutique supercar manufacturer to a mass-market multinational mogul. With powerful tools like the Engine Designer, the player can create cars and their engines in mind-boggling detail.

The grand campaign will start in the year 1946 and run until 2020, with the main goal being to build a successful, renowned car company from scratch. All types of car manufacturers can be led to success if managed properly; building the right image over the years is key. The player’s tasks are to design engines and cars, to manage factories, production, Research and Development, as well as advertising campaigns. In game, time advances at the pace the player chooses and pauses automatically for events and occurrences.

Automation is comprised of three major game components - the Engine Designer, the Car Designer and the Company Manager. These components are naturally strung together by the game’s goals, made to be user-friendly and intuitive to use. A multitude of tutorial missions, videos, and descriptive texts help car novices become experts. Almost infinite options give the player all the creative freedom to create unique cars with vastly different engines.


  • Extremely Deep, Technical, Creative – Experience unheard-of creative freedom in a highly technical, realistic gameplay experience revolving around building a car company from scratch. Go ahead and build your dream-car company!
  • Dynamic World Markets – Master realistically modeled dynamic markets, distribution, and demand. Try to cater to the needs of over 40 different target groups and their needs, or find your safe-haven niche in a cutthroat economic environment.
  • Flexible Car Designer – Design the cars you would have in your garage. Choose from diverse chassis types and materials, engine placements and drivetrain setups, gearboxes, suspensions, brakes, tyres, and finish off you design with fully customisable body types, looks and styles.
  • Highly Detailed Engine Designer – Delve into endless possibilities combining different 4-stroke petrol engine configurations, internals, head types, forced induction systems, fuel systems, headers and mufflers. All based on different 4-stroke petrol engine configurations: Inline 3, 4, 5, 6, V6, 8, 10, 12, 16, Boxer 4, 6.
  • Dynamic Engine Sounds - Turn up the volume and blast out the awesome fully adaptive, unique engine sounds that directly reflect your design choices.
  • Grand Campaign, Scenarios, Sandbox – Aim to dominate the world markets with your superior design skills in the grand campaign, play a quick scenario challenge, or just tinker away in sandbox mode to create the most insane engines ever.
  • Complex, yet Easy to Learn – While the game is highly technical, it is made easy to learn by means of well-illustrated in-game tutorial videos, detailed descriptive texts, as well as a multitude of tutorial scenarios.
  • Network Play – Play cooperatively with your friends or take your intuition for the perfect car design and challenge up to 7 human competitors in epic, multi-session network games.
  • Community – Join one of the most awesome and helpful communities out there, share stories about your exploits, talk to like-minded people, discuss your IRL car projects and engage in community challenges.

***IMPORTANT NOTE:*** The current version contains a simplified "Lite Campaign" version of the Tycoon aspects. More detailed Tycoon gameplay will be the focus of future major updates. Please read the Early Access description above for an overview of what is done so far. We are also in the process of porting the game to Unreal Engine 4, and you can expect major improvements in performance, UI design, visual quality, and stability in the next major update.


    • 作業系統: Windows 7, 8, 10 - 64 bit
    • 處理器: Dual Core
    • 記憶體: 3 GB 記憶體
    • 顯示卡: Support Shader Model 4.0 (Intel HD3000 Integrated, Geforce 8 Series, Radeon 2000 Series)
    • DirectX: 版本:10
    • 儲存空間: 3 GB 可用空間
    • 備註: Requirements for Ultra Low Settings. Framerate may be poor in some situations.
    • 作業系統: Windows 10 64 Bit
    • 處理器: Recent Intel i5/i7 or AMD 6 core or better
    • 記憶體: 16 GB 記憶體
    • 顯示卡: AMD 290x or nVidia 970GTX or Better
    • DirectX: 版本:11
    • 備註: System requirements for good frame rate Epic Settings. Solid State Drive highly recommended for best loading performance


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