You were born a feudal lord. Sounds good, right? But you're bored of hunting, executions and tournaments. Even of feasts with beautiful maidens. The only dream left - your castle surrounded by hordes of enemies. You would waste no time on negotiation. This is your chance to show'em who is in charge.
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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“We aim to produce a high-quality strategy game that will be in demand within a long period of time. Thus, we need to know the opinion of the players to make sure that we are on the right track.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Game will be released in 2021.”

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

“Firstly, we plan to finalize the first campaign and add a number of new missions together with new units and buildings. Also user experience and user interface will be constantly improving.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The 2 first missions are available now as well as a collection of buildings and units with major improvements.”

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

“The price will increase.”

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

“The discussion is available in the game community in Steam.
Discord servers of the game.
Discussions at other platforms.”
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Planned Release Date: 2020

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About This Game

In the RTS-game “Diplomacy is Not an Option”, you will become a medieval feudal lord in a midlife crisis. Due to your position, you must constantly make hundreds of decisions a day related with city- management and economic development. You are tired of this monotonous and, so it seems, meaningless existence. But things are about to change: hordes of bloodlusted enemies, zounds of scary monsters and crowds of rebellious peasants at any second can bring some life to your working schedule.

War-time laws

The country is going through difficult times. King’s greed and wastefulness led to the economic crisis and widespread peasant riots.
You are a feudal lord. It happened so that, being fed up of routine and everyday problems, you've lost a taste for life. When an angry mob besieges your castle, you perceive this news with an extraordinary enthusiasm, personally lead the defense and win a glorious victory.
Your role in the riots suppression is matched at the court. The crown sends you on a responsible mission. Rumors are, there are deposits of gold and other precious materials on a poorly explored continent. The task is to take control under foreign land, obtain its treasures in order to replenish the king's coffer. Though they forgot to warn that the natives won't be glad to see you. In addition, there are monsters on the continent, and local mages are actively practicing necromancy.
What sacrifices will you make for the sake of survival and victory? Or maybe you should stop this suicidal campaign and overthrow the king? Don't you deserve to rule the world?

Physical laws

The laws of physics are thoroughly reproduced in Diplomacy is Not an Option to maximize player immersion in a medieval war action. Tens of thousands of units can fight on the screen at the same time.
Here are several helpful tips:
  • Every gun has its certain range, and medieval shells fly by an arc trajectory.
  • Arrows do not pierce stone walls. On contrary, arrows bounce off the walls.
  • Archers on the towers have blind spots. Closed gates can become an obstacle not only for the enemy, but also for your retreating units.
  • You may discover other interesting facts about the nature of things that may become useful for combat operations.

Social laws

Surviving hostile environments is an important part of the gameplay. Even the most loyal of your citizens tend to die from time to time. From various causes, such as illness, old age, depression, or being seriously hurt on the battlefield. When this happens, it is strongly recommended to bury the dead in order to avoid epidemics and the moral decay of society.

Economical laws

Economic processes in "Diplomacy is Not an Option" are visible. You will see how walls are being built stone by stone. Or how a fallen tree is cut into boards, from which the city will then be raised. The feudal lord does not need to take part in the affairs of his subjects. However, such visibility will help you to manage human resources with more efficiency. As a ruler, you will lead people, give them specialization and, so to say, the meaning of life. Every member of the society is important, from a lumberjack or a carpenter to an undertaker or a swordsman. Once set up, with a proper support the economic process will become a key to survival and also will let you to focus on mission objectives.

Magical laws

What do we say to the gods of death, whether they are on an uncharted continent or in our own reach? “Bury the bodies immediately!” – we answer to these gods. Otherwise every fallen warrior and every lumberjack died from overvoltage has risk to join the enemy forces. Also the dead are a very wayward. If you demolish a cemetery and disturb their sleep, they shall rise and begin to wreak havoc, reducing the population of the living.

Life laws

We sought to create a game without unnatural limitations. From the very first task, you will be given the entire available arsenal, and all the in-game mechanics will be unlocked. It depends on you which strategy to choose for your city to survive and prosper. Knowledge of the all listed laws will help you to complete different missions with various ultimate goals and types of enemies. During your campaign you will face moral dilemmas. You will see human stupidity and shortsightedness, leading to fatal consequences. Just like in real life. The only difference is that conflicts cannot be avoided.

Mature Content Description

The developers describe the content like this:

Massive cartoon violence.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 7,8,10 64 bit
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 3450 / AMD X8 FX-8350
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce GTX 760 2GB / AMD Radeon HD 7870 2GB
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 11 compatible
    Recommended:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
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