Imagine Earth is a real-time planet simulation and a build up strategy game. Your job as a space colony manager is to explore and populate distant planets. Build up thriving and profitable colonies on a global scale and trade resources and goods into space. Deal with allies, threats and enemies.
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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“As a small indie studio we need all the feedback we can get. Adding new features and balancing the game dynamics is a quite complex task within the global simulation of our planets. Additionally the income of early access helps us to stay independent. We want to take the time to evolve this game into a little sensation. Something that has never been played this way before. The first planet colonization climate survival game.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We plan to release Imagine Earth early 2019.

There is a new update release every month!”

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

“Currently there are four big things to do:
- Add more interaction with other (AI) colonies: taking over, sabotage, ...
- Improve trading system and add crafting with the gathered resources
- Make the general gameplay more diverse.
- Iterate until the whole thing is perfect ;-)”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Please read the feature list in the description below.”

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

“No, the release price will be the same.”

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

“We need your thoughts, ideas and direct feedback on what you experience during gameplay. To keep you updated about the actual development process we are writing a friday report every week and there's a major update release once a month. The complex interconnections between the buildings are a hell of a balancing job on which your opinion is highly appreciated. Name the features you would be most excited about and let's make this thing a unique experience together.”
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May 15

#43 "Ocean Districts & Trade Discounts"

Dear Colony Managers,
prepare yourselves to build some beautiful ocean districts for your people! In addition there are loads of detail improvements that give the overall playability a huge boost! Mostly based on testing and your highly appreciated feedback. Special thanks to Johannes for improving our german translation!

TL;DR
  • Display info icons during colony placement
  • Trade discounts and surcharges
  • Ocean district
  • UI improvements for research, colony shares and workshop
  • List of gameplay improvements
  • New rendering system for buildings and world objects

Colony Placement


Placing a new colony or frontier building now displays icons on the surrounding fields. The represent the quality of the area by highlighting deserts, fields with high fertility, fossil or rare resources and more.

Trade Discounts
The price of resources and items always depends on who you are trading with. Space merchants and tech traders will charge a fee that makes buying more expensive and selling less lucrative. Natives and midras on the other side don't know a lot about space market prices and often sell stuff very cheap.



Other colonists, finally, link their pricing to your diplomatic relation. This means it can be very powerful to have a good relation towards another company.

Ocean District
This new district is now made available in the Lorian mission.

The ocean district can be built on coast fields and the open sea. Districts have to be linked to others who connect with the shore.



Microplastic collectors clean the seas and recover goods by filtering floating plastic, other waste and impurities from the water.

Ocean thermal energy conversion uses the temperature difference between cooler deep sea and warmer surface water to meet part of the energy demand.

UI Improvements
Research
  • Only display elements of buildings that are already available (the buildings don't have to be licensed, though)
  • Highlight research options by improved category: energy, food, goods, income, emissions


Colony Share Trading
  • Take-over of a city no longer needs at least 50% of shares
  • Clearly display the player's stake in another colony
  • Tooltip with transaction fee and expected dividend


Workshop
  • Unite different item categories in single panel with scroll bars


Other UI Stuff
  • Added "mission failed" dialog to competitions
  • Highlight when an opposing faction is almost winning the competition
  • "Back" buttons in game are now called "resume game" to make it more clear
  • Infrastructure buildings now have gray icons

Gameplay
  • In competition and free play other factions will no longer wait until you have placed your first city center
  • Forests and other plants regrow much faster now after being harvested or burning
  • Nitroskirlid-pumpkins grow bigger in most areas now
  • Increased number of default tech licenses in competition and free play


Graphics & Tech
We have completely rewritten our rendering system for buildings and other world objects:
  • Improved render performance
  • Much nicer animations
  • More powerful particle effects
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April 9

#42 "Equity Crash, Riots and Security Complex"

Attention colony managers,
you may have expected the "Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe and Everything" from update 42 or have you newer sheltered a passing hitchhiker in one of your outposts?

Anyways, what you get instead is of course just another bunch of problems which will make the colonizing business so much more interesting...

TL;DR
  • Catastrophes let colony shares drop
  • Riots in cities and native camps
  • Security Complex
  • New item: Soma
  • New city center animation
  • Anti-aliasing
  • Biome & forest diversification
  • Fixes & improvements

Catastrophes Let Colony Shares Drop


For example a persisting epidemic in another companie's colony is lowering their colony's stock price. Use this opportunity to buy their shares at a discount!

Riots, fires, hackings, flood, tornadoes, asteroids, meteors and other incidents have similar effects. Also threats like Assimilators or Xrathul will cause a drop.

Your ability to artificially trigger these natural catastrophes through temples and items makes price drops an interesting prelude to the next strategic equity buying spree and the takeover of other colonies. The free market makes it possible.



Riots in the Colony


Riots are now a real threat to your colony! This is what happens when your colonists are unhappy for a long time. Under-supply of resources or negative external influences lead to a poor quality of life. If these circumstances continue for too long, people's misfortune increases to anger and a riot develops. It's too late to fight the causes of the uprising as soon as it breaks out. A riot can be pacified with the use of Soma and prevented by a security complex or a frontier tower. But the easiest thing to do is to provide good colony living conditions in the first place.

Security Complex


This building stations police units to maintain order in the colony. Riots of dissatisfied colonists in the surrounding area are prevented. This ensures peace and quiet, although this is associated with additional costs.
The facility monitoring upgrade scans production facilities in the surrounding area and prevents incidents.
The cyber security upgrade monitors the information networks in surrounding buildings and prevents hacker attacks.

Soma
We could finally synthesize Soma, the famous drug from Aldous Huxley. This is what the packing slip says: "To avoid major mood swings that can lead to negative moods, people regularly take Soma, a drug that has a mood-lifting and stimulating effect and is also used as an aphrodisiac. Unlike alcohol, it has no side effects at the usual dosage and is produced synthetically."



To sum it up: it's raising the general life quality and helps against riots.

New City Center Animation
A new age of ingame animations awaits us! Starting with the colony center base which is expanding in various parts that screw, bend and turn out of the ground when the landing capsule is coming down. The worker drones are now stationed on landing pads from which they will lift off to build and repair.



Anti-Aliasing
Might sound a bit weird but we had to disable this basic graphics feature for ages due to framework issues. But what it adds to the game's look is awesomely amazing. Lovely, calm and soft edges everywhere especially when you zoom out from the planet, have a look.

Biome & Forest Diversification
Ralph sent us a very detailed feedback with improvement suggestions to make the environment and nature more realistic (Thanks!). Based on this we decided to further diversify the biomes and forests:
  • Forests in fertile areas are often better at binding CO2. This is for example the case for rain forest and bog forest
  • Big fish swarms are more common in cold areas
  • Industrial farming and fishing reduce fertility
  • Steppe is bad ground for forest growth, but quite good for farms and especially resistant, so fertility is only slowly decreased
  • Rain forest ground in contrast is easily damageable and loses it's fertility fast

Fixes & Improvements
  • Added achievements for Edora, Iqunox and Thera and when reaching 40 points in the campaign
  • Workshop queue is only available for workshops of level 2 now
  • Camera position is restored when loading a savegame
  • Priorization stores at least 10% of a resource's production. This amount is now shown in the list of consumed resources
  • Fossil resources below 10% will decrease a fossil power plant's productivity (up tp 20%)
  • Fixed bugs in highscore list
  • New unlocked items are highlighted in the inventory
  • Switched background music compression from ADPCM to WMA streaming
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Reviews

“The demo is quite charming... There's already evidence of a decent game”
Rock, Paper, Shotgun

“Imagine Earth is a refreshingly streamlined and charming apporach to civilization sims - and one with plenty of room to grow as it wades through Early Access.”
GameZone

“This environmentally-conscious title may very well prove to generate news in the months to come.”
PixelJudge

About This Game

Planetary Colonization


Imagine Earth is a real-time planet simulation and a build up strategy game. Your job as a space colony manager is to explore and populate distant planets. Build up thriving and profitable colonies on a global scale and trade resources and goods into space.

Expansion & Research


Raise great cities and satisfy their appetite for resources by building power plants, farms and factories. Dig for ideon crystals, pacify riots, research technologies and constructs and maximize your growth while maintaining a healthy ecosystem.

Allies, Threats & Enemies


Get ready to deal with threats like asteroid strikes, twisters, wild fires, volcanoes and rising sea levels. Fend off space raiders and alien investors. Coexist and trade with natives, merchants and hostile colonies.

Capitalist Space Age


In 2048 huge corporations have divided Earth among themselves and exploited its natural resources to a large extent. Now the discovery of ideon crystals allows journeys into space, while technologically and ideologically almost everything remains the same. The laws of the market are being spread into the universe.

Competition and Economic Warfare.


On each discovered planet a competition for economic dominance breaks out. To expand your colony as fast as possible and overcome your opponents you exploit the freely available fossil resources and minerals. Additional money is provided by selling shares of your colony. Take over opposing companies by buying up their shares.

Trade Resources and Technologies


Merchants and technology traders organize the interplanetary trade and will happily buy all minerals and resources you extract from your territory while selling expensive technologies. The same goes for cooperating colonies and alien tribes that live on some of the planets.

Profits vs. Ecocide


You will experience a massive conflict between the profit goals of the interstellar corporations and the need to preserve living conditions for your people. Exhaust emissions and ground pollution impact the global climate as your colony is growing. Increasing temperatures melt down polar caps and your colonies are destroyed by rising sea levels.

Features

  • Global and realtime world experience instead of playing on limited square maps.
  • Fully playable and story based campaign with 7 planets / missions.
  • Freeplay mode with a procedural planet generator for endless worlds and challenges.
  • Competition mode for matches against up to 4 AI corporations per planet.
  • Planet Editor for terraforming, building and customizing individual planets which can be saved and shared.
  • Development of over 30 colony buildings with individual upgrades
  • Global simulation of local pollution and worldwide emissions
  • Disasters: Chemical spills, oil slicks, radioactive contamination, wild fires, tornadoes, volcanoes, dying forest and growing deserts, alien and robotic invaders, etc.
  • Melting polar caps will raise sea levels and flood your coasts in case of global warming[/list]

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7/8/10
    • Processor: 2 GHz or multiple cores with 1,5 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 11 compliant graphics card with 1GB dedicated memory
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Windows Vista and XP might work, but are not officially supported
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