City builder where the fate of your kingdom weighs heavily on the choices that you make. As you descend into Benevolence or Tyranny, you will explore, expand, and influence an unknown land. Engage in real-time combat, Whether solo or joined by your friends, your fate is shaped by your will alone.
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Why Early Access?

“Early Access is an opportunity for players to get access to the game earlier while allowing our small dev team of 9 to add content and improve the experience based on player feedback and playtesting. We know that the current playable build is already fun and has great city-building mechanics we can build off of with your help.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Our very rough estimate is one year, but that is subject to change. We will continue to develop until we feel that the game 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 colonists, 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.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The game is fully playable and contains around 50% of the planned content. It contains 2 diverse maps, more than 40 buildings, and structures, open-ended gameplay.”

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

“Price may increase slightly upon final release.”

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.”
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About This Game

Thrive: Heavy Lies the Crown is a Medieval Fantasy city builder that forces you to make dire decisions that ensure the survival of your kingdom and the people you lead.

Volition is a valuable tool in your inventory as you build your city, shape the land and fortify it as you see fit. Burdened by the weight of your decisions, a seemingly trivial choice can shape your legacy and determine if you’re a soulless tyrant or a fair and just monarch.

Will your kingdom merely survive, or do you have the resilience and dedication to make it THRIVE?


  • Struggle with real-time decision making that leads to real-time consequences
  • Uncover the true nature of the mysterious Waelgrim
  • Survive the harsh realities of medieval life, both natural and manmade
  • Advance the development of your kingdom through an in-depth tech tree
  • Discover your benevolent or tyrannical nature
  • Traverse an unknown land to gain new resources and allies
  • Explore this land alone or with up to four friends
  • Defend your growing kingdom by waging epic battles
  • Receive modding support to play your way

Benevolence & Tyranny

The path by which you rule, be it benevolent or tyrannical, is determined entirely by the decisions you make. Thrive’s narrative-driven event system presents dynamic, nuanced options that often make the best choice unclear. Compassion and communion with nature can empower you, but rapid growth and progression could catapult your dominion. One must always remember that a hero to some is a villain to others. What will be your legacy?

A Vast Land

Establish your presence in a large-scale 4X land, rich in possibility and potential conflict, with up to four friends. Compete for resources and develop relationships with numerous AI villages and kingdoms, strengthening your foothold in this new territory’s active economy. Develop outposts and small villages to gain increased resources while helping to extend the reaches of trade. As your kingdom grows, will you develop a legacy of fear or friendship?


To survive is to take heed of what you can control, and weather what you cannot. Direct your kingdom’s future through effective planning, advancement and a detailed tech tree. Success is rewarded with new options to empower or enforce the nature of your rule. Countless variables, from weather to Waelgrim, add increased pressure to your reign. Endure these unpredictable forces and prove you truly have what it takes to thrive.

Waging War

Thrive’s real-time combat is reflected in the costs of war. Choices are realistic and impactful: soldiers’ deaths affect morale, ammunition needs resupply, armour and weapons require repairs, and troops experience fatigue. Engage in siegecraft, both as an inflictor and receiver, to show you can persevere against any form of adversary. Approach all conflict with a clear strategy, lest you long for a bitter reminder of failure’s high cost.

System Requirements

    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 10
    • Processor: Intel Core i5-4590 (AMD FX 8350) or better.
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nvidia gtx 660 or better
    • 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 i5-4590 (AMD FX 8350) or better.
    • Memory: 16 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nvidia gtx 660 or better
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 10 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Integrated

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