Urban Empire is a ‘City Ruler’, pioneering a new breed of strategy game that combines city builder features with political scheming and adds profound social and historical events into the mix, creating a whole new gameplay experience.
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Release Date: Jan 20, 2017

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January 26

Urban Empire Hotfix v1.1.6.5 (27/01/2017)

Version 1.1.6 Changelog:

  • Booting up the main menu no longer applies the same language setting as the player’s system preferences. This should resolve the issue with the in-game language reverting to an undesired setting.
  • Language: Chinese localization improved (added missing texts) and character set updated.
  • FIX: Revoke edicts appeals not functioning as they should.
  • FIX: Adjusted events parameters to fix some errors occurring with events that are confined to a specific era - eg. the “Hated Leader” event should now work as intended.
  • FIX: When “load” is selected, the delete button should no longer be clickable.
  • FIX: Adjusted parameters to fix issues with sales demand.
  • CHANGED: Event system - changed settings in the dialog, which sometimes resulted in an error where choices in specific events (eg. “Cradle of Feminism”, which should be fixed) were not clickable.
  • CHANGED: Deleted placeholder content from the newspaper to prevent appearance of English text in other language versions.

UDPATE v1.1.6.5:
  • FIX:While creating a district and cancelling it, before you proposed/finished it, you will now once again be able to create a new one and the buttons will not be greyed out anymore.
  • FIX: Loading hanging / impossible to load games.
  • FIX: Portraits for Shuyskys in eras 4 and 5.
outcome where choices in specific events were not clickable. This should work now.
  • CHANGED: Deleted placeholder content from the newspaper.
    - In localized versions of Urban Empire, there will be no English text in newspapers anymore

Known issue (v1.1.6.5)
In very rare cases, creating a district, might cause the name of the district to change and shows the current inventions name and also parties are not shown on the voting bar.
We are aware of this problem and we are working on it.

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January 23

Urban Empire Hotfix (23/01/2017)

Fixed issues:

  • Fixed some inventions that were not using correct localized voiceover
  • Two Missing texts in Chinese fixed ("threaten" and "plead")
  • Fixed incorrect tooltip in district creation overview, while hovering over the commercial icon
  • Fixed [city] tag visible in mayor’s election vote details view, which should now display the city name properly
  • Fixed partner city unlocks, which were not displaying a tooltip in the progress cloud
  • Camera rotation issue:
    - Fixed the rotating camera, caused by additional controllers plugged in

  • Removed "add corner" tutorial step

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“Urban Empire Is A Fascinating Political Citybuilder”
Rock Paper Shotgun

“The depth of the game seemingly has no bounds and almost everything is interconnected”
Hooked Gamers

“This is House of Cards full of politics and powers.”

About This Game

In Urban Empire you take control of a mayoral dynasty and lead your city and people through 200 years of history. 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!

Beginning in the 1820s, establish your city through five different eras, each with its own threats and opportunities. Master the challenges of the centuries, face political struggles, experience world-changing events and pioneering inventions, and create your own unique Urban Empire!

Urban Empire is a ‘City Ruler’, pioneering a new breed of strategy game that combines city builder features with political scheming and adds profound social and historical events into the mix, creating a whole new gameplay experience where players must employ strategic planning and political savvy to successfully grow their cities in their role as Mayor.

    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 1000 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.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7 SP1 / 8.1 / 10, 64bit
    • Processor: Intel i5-2400 / AMD FX-6350
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 / AMD HD 6850 2GB
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • OS: Windows 7 SP1 / 8.1 / 10, 64bit
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 4690K / AMD FX8320 or newer
    • Memory: 12 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 / ATI/AMD Radeon R9 290 3GB or newer
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
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