The Emperor has chosen you as a new provincial governor. Design the city of your dreams, admiring its details from a bird's-eye view. Take care of your people, develop efficient production chains and trade with other landlords. Ensure their survival through harsh winters and disasters.
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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Our goal is to do everything we can to provide you with a game living up to its fullest potential. That's why we want to include our community, so we can have an insight into what works, what doesn't, and what else we can do.

We have been working with our community for many years now! You could watch our game's growth through dev blogs, playtests, or festival demos. A lot was going on, and each time, your opinion was critical to us, strongly influencing the development of Celestial Empire. We want to keep it that way – thanks to Early Access, we will be able to understand your needs better!”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Early Access is expected to last for about a year, but it really depends on how many things there are to add, improve, or change before we decide that the game is complete.

Of course, the end of Early Access doesn't mean the end of our work on the game! We will continue to work on it and develop it regularly.”

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

“With all the basics covered, we will focus on adding new, exciting content, balancing mechanics, and polishing already existing features, with you guiding us on the right path. It is up to you whether it means adding new buildings, production chains, resources, mechanics, or narrative elements.

We will definitely want to achieve even more depth in city management – to challenge you with more difficult decisions in designing the street grid or building layout. Our goal is to achieve the state of the game, which offers many different strategies to play it so that each walkthrough can look somewhat distinct, and the player can try alternative approaches each time.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“In EA, you will get a fully playable version with the promised content of the game, meaning its core and everything described in the description. At this point, all tiers of the city are available. The game will include all language versions mentioned on our Steam store page. If there is a need to add any other language version or correct existing ones, we will surely work on that.”

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

“We plan to raise the price after Early Access. During Early Access, we will offer discounts occasionally so that all Early Access players can purchase the game at a lower price. By doing this, we want to repay you, at least to a small extent, for your help and faith in the project.”

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

“We are going to keep in touch with our community and gather their feedback through our Discord and Steam forums! On top of that, we will keep reporting our progress on the game, updating you regularly like we did until now (dev blogs/patch notes). Also, feel free to ask us your questions directly on our Discord!

Some analytics will be added to the game (of course, these will be optional and can be turned off!) because our goal is to understand how you play our game. Thanks to this, we will be able to understand your problems, where the choke points are, where you want to give up or drop the game, and which elements actually work well. This way, we can have a better understanding of the current balance of the game or its difficulty for people unfamiliar with Celestial Empire. That data will allow us to adjust all parameters so that the game is both a challenge and a pleasure.

Players will have a huge influence on what we add after the Early Access release! Maybe your suggestions will involve some combat system, decrees, and laws in the city or new maps and biomes. Let us know No matter what you want so we can make your wishes come true!”
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About This Game

Immerse yourself in the world of Ancient China and build your dream cities on one of the hand-crafted maps. It will sit where stunning nature and fantastical setting mix with urban planning. Watch the season change as your settlement grows from a few buildings with peasants to a bustling city worthy of the Emperor's visit.

After your appointment as the Governor of this land, people’s lives are in your hands. You must fulfill the Emperor’s wish and bring prosperity to the city. Making decisions is no funny business; as there are more people, your citizens' needs grow bigger. As the governor, you must deliver their requests or face unhappy residents.

Create efficient production chains and provide for your city. The infrastructure prepared for your city will run everything smoothly. Seek out perfect spots to extract natural resources and place your food production on the ideal plot of land. If you succeed in planning everything out, even the most catastrophic weather conditions and harshest winters won’t be able to destroy your city.

The Emperor's blessing allows you to join the trade routes and cooperate with other settlements for resources and materials. You can send out caravans and trade with friendly cities around you.

Worshiping the right gods is always a tricky business, so building positive relationships with all of them may benefit your citizens. Gods' blessings and miracles are powerful gifts that will help your cities grow bigger.
Unfortunately, the supernatural has a darker side, demons bring sorrow and fear into the hearts of your citizens.

Jump into the beautiful world of Celestial Empire! Plan, develop, and grow magnificent cities, which will bring your pride and joy on every stage of your governing journeys.

System Requirements

    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS *: Windows 7/8/8.1/10 64-bit
    • Processor: 3.2 GHz Dual Core Processor
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GTX 970 or similar
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 30 GB available space
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS *: Windows 7/8/8.1/10 64-bit
    • Processor: 3.2 GHz Quad Core Processor
    • Memory: 16 GB RAM
    • Graphics: RTX 2060 or similar
    • DirectX: Version 12
    • Storage: 30 GB available space
* Starting January 1st, 2024, the Steam Client will only support Windows 10 and later versions.

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