Civitas is a city and world builder game inspired by Renaissance map artwork. Using procedurally formed landscapes, this sandbox-style game allows you the freedom to bring your Medieval and Renaissance cities to life without the pressure of survival. Escape into a world of your own creation!
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Why Early Access?

“We believe in bringing the game to players early to ensure player feedback informs the design and development direction.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We plan to be in Early Access for at least six months.”

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

“The first draft of Civitas launched in Early Access is focused on sandbox gameplay with procedural world generation and city-building tools. We have designed an innovative ‘Plot’ mechanic that enables precise planning and leads to more unique creations by the player.

We expect to deploy minor updates frequently, with larger updates in between early access release and full launch.

The first major update will introduce resources, Patrons and Civvies into the game. This will bring Civitas alive, creating a sense of progression and purpose for your cities. Players will build and evolve interconnected communities across their world, from tiny hamlets to thriving metropolises.

The final update for the full launch of the game will further expand and polish content, enhance performance optimizations, and introduce mod support for the community to extend the game’s life through their own creative additions.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“For the launch of our Early Access version, we have focused on map generation and construction mechanics. We are experimenting with new design ideas and need player feedback to help validate or pivot our direction. Players will play in Sandbox mode, to let creativity run wild and test more possibilities.”

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

“We have no plans to change the price, unless we receive feedback from the community and re-evaluate our product strategy based on sales data.”

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

“Feedback is a fact! Involving our community in the discussion and progression of the game will enable us to find the fun quicker and iterate more effectively. We are active on the Steam community, Reddit and Twitter.”
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What to expect...

Civitas is taking an iterative development approach.

The demo of Civitas that will launch into Early Access is focused on sandbox gameplay with procedural world generation and city-building tools. We have designed an innovative ‘Plot’ mechanic that enables precise planning and leads to more unique creations by the player. We expect to deploy minor updates frequently, with larger updates in between early access release and full launch.

The first major update during Early Access will introduce resources, Patrons and Civvies into the game. This will bring Civitas alive, creating a sense of progression and purpose for your cities. Once the game reaches this stage, players will build and evolve interconnected communities across their world, from tiny hamlets to thriving metropolises.

The final update for the full launch of the game will further expand and polish content, enhance performance optimizations and introduce mod support for the community to extend the game’s life through their own creative additions.

Open Your Atlas

Map nerds, rejoice! Civitas is a game inspired by those iconic lithographic bird’s eye view maps of the Renaissance era created by legendary cartographers including John Speed, Georg Braun and Frans Hogenberg.

‘Tis time to thrive; not merely survive!

Civitas is a game about the freedom to build without the pressures to survive. Escape into a thriving world of your own creation!

Create a vast landscape and plot the land to your liking.

Generate a continental landscape, procedurally formed using plate tectonics. Build multiple Civitates on 16km^2 map tiles.

Plan and build a Utopia; from humble medieval hamlets to bustling Renaissance cities.

Unique ‘Plot’ mechanics parcel your landscape in any way desired. Assign these plots a purpose to discover more upgrades and decorations that lead to unique creations.


Chart the course of society to prosper and lead your Civvies to enlightenment!

Civvies will bring your maps to life as they move about their Boros and complete their daily tasks.

Every Plot Tells a Story

Follow the different narratives of your plots as Civvies move in, live, pass on, give birth, learn, and grow through the seven ages of man, as defined by Shakespeare, and not necessarily in that order.


Sandbox, Growth or Discovery Modes

Choose your path of progression with sandbox free-build mode, tech tree growth, or discover an uncharted landscape.

Who is Sharp End Studio?

Sharp End Studio is a video game and digital media company based in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Our team consists of 16 developers, artists, designers and managers. From the studio’s founding in 2019, Sharp End Studio’s goal has been to grow a talented team of game developers and sustain our studio in the place we call home.



During the pandemic lockdowns of 2020, a concept was created for Civitas, a Medieval to Renaissance world and city builder game. The idea evolved into a prototype that has received funding to bring the game into Early Access and beyond. The goal for Civitas is to introduce World Building elements into a City Builder, while easing the difficulty of Medieval-themed games, and introducing innovative gameplay mechanics. Join the community to help influence the direction for Civitas!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 10 32 bit
    • Processor: 2.7 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GTX 970
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 10 64 bit
    • Processor: 3 GHz
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GTX 1080
    • Storage: 10 GB available space

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