Thrive: Heavy Lies the Crown is a complex city builder, where the fate of your kingdom hinges on your every decision. Explore this medieval land alone or with friends, make tough moral choices and conquer your foes in RTS combat. Will you struggle to survive, or find the strength to Thrive?
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Why Early Access?

“Early Access is an opportunity for players to experience the game earlier and participate in the development journey with us. It also allows our small dev team to add content and improve the overall experience based on player feedback and playtesting. We are also looking forward to sharing more about our betas and demos shortly. Join our Discord now to stay up to date with the latest news.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Thrive: Heavy Lies the Crown will launch into Early Access in 2024. We will continue to develop the game while in Early Access until we feel that the title is complete.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“The finished game will include deeper layers of gameplay to both strategic and management layers, additional features for citizens, enhanced environmental elements, and much more. We will have an additional 40+ buildings and 20+ production materials. Weather will play a bigger part in your survival. Additional maps are planned in the future.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The planned Early Access version will be fully playable and contains around 50% of the planned content. It contains two maps, more than 40 buildings, and structures, open-ended gameplay.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“We are assessing final pricing based on a variety of factors.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“We are encouraging players to provide us with their feedback. We already have a very active Discord Community. We are also planning to have a closed beta and demo available prior to Early Access, please join the Discord to keep up to date with future opportunities to take part in the development process.”
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About This Game

Thrive: Heavy Lies the Crown is a medieval fantasy city-builder with real-time combat and weighty decision-making. As a new ruler, you and the survivors of Aldamor travel to the curious land of Nysamor in search of a new home. Together, you will work to raise up a great kingdom, and define your legacy.

Thrive: Heavy Lies the Crown offers a fully-realized single-player experience for solo play, or the ability to play in up-to-four-player multiplayer. But choose wisely – in Nysamor, every choice has consequences, and these consequences can dictate the very fate of your kingdom...

Assign your subjects tasks – collect resources, build structures, explore the wilds, and secure your kingdom’s reputation – via trade or by the sword. As your settlement and influence grows, you’ll need to make tough decisions that can permanently alter the lives of your people, your settlement, and the world around you.

A Benevolent ruler shows compassion for the earth and its kin. A Tyrannical ruler takes pleasure in exploitation and torture. What will your choices say about you? Will you conquer your enemies or unite against common foes? Will you embrace the magical forces of the Waelgrim or try to control it? How will you fulfill your destiny?

Each decision you make has long lasting consequences for your reign, and takes you ever further down the path of Benevolence or Tyranny. Thrive's narrative event system immerses you in the land of Nysamor, discovering the true nature of the Waelgrim, while ultimately defining your rule. Whether your reign is Benevolent or Tyrannical, both paths have their advantages – and challenges. Be mindful of the legacy you want to leave behind.

Full of lush fields and diverse terrain, Nysamor is a beautiful, unknown land, rich in possibility and potential conflict. Compete for resources across a 4X-inspired World Map with numerous AI villages and kingdoms. Neighboring villages will respond based on their own allegiances, whether that is staying true to the reign of Wyrmaxa, or being slowly swayed, through intimidation or compassion, toward the path you tread.

Adventure solo or with 1-4 players. Siege castles, plunder trade routes, or confront fantastical Waelgrim creatures in intense RTS combat, alongside or against other players or AI. But be warned – soldiers need food, water and more to fight. The cost of war can take a heavy toll…

Place city structures, set up road networks, build defenses, and assemble a powerful military to exert your will. Build your legacy through effective planning, advancement and a detailed tech tree. Gather resources, harvest production areas, and expand your lands. Trade with or take the fight to other players or AI factions. Do what you must to ensure your kingdom can survive the harsh realities of medieval life.

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System Requirements

    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 10
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 4690 @ 3.5 GHz | AMD Ryzen 5 1600x @ 3.6 GHz or better.
    • Memory: 16 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Integrated
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 10
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 4690 @ 3.5 GHz | AMD Ryzen 5 1600x @ 3.6 GHz or better.
    • Memory: 16 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 or better.
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 10 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Integrated

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