Have you ever dreamed of running your own car company? Do you often find yourself drawing vehicle designs on the margins of your papers? Ever wondered what it would be like to be the next Henry Ford or Enzo Ferrari? Now you can with GearCity.
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Release Date:
May 30, 2014

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Our Open Beta has been successful in rooting out many major bugs with the game and we've implemented many community suggestions. Because of this, we feel that it's time to open up more of the game and to a broader audience so that more bugs can be fixed, more suggestions added, and most importantly the late game years can be balanced.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“This depends on how successful Early Access is. The greater the response the more features we'll add and the longer Early Access will be. We can devote at least 6 more months to the project.”

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

“The full version will have more art, better stability, and increased portability to Unix systems. We'll also attempt to add features requested in our suggestions forum, but the main focus will be on ease of use and quality of information provided to players. Some parts of the game, such as race teams and magazine reviews should be getting an overhaul before the full version. Of the major features, government contracting and fleet sales are most notable. Also planned is an easy mod loading system and unicode localization support.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The game is fully playable from the years 1900 to 2020. The early half game years are fairly well balanced, the late years not so much. The AI is slow and sometimes stupid when playing with a large number of them. However the AI numbers can be reduced for faster turn times. There are occasional crashing bugs on some systems in certain situations.

There is also some missing art. Most notable are the missing vehicles, logos, late year headlights, and newspaper photos. We also wish to add many more vehicle accessories than what is currently in the game. There are also spelling and grammatical issues all over the place as we have not hired an editor/writer yet.

Lastly the game lacks a good tutorial system. There are a number of videos included ingame, however since the game is not feature complete we have not put too much effort into them. The game does have a learning curve. This may cause some frustrations if you're not used to learning by failure.”

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

“We're starting off with a discounted price! Every major build or two will see a slight increase in pricing until hit our ideal retail price. So grab the game early and save!”

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

“We always welcome bugs reports and suggestions! Anything to help us make this a better game for you! Also help spread the word to any of your friends or family that might be interested in this sort of game. Being as niche as we are, we can use all the publicity we can get!”
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November 7

Version 1.24 SP6

Version 1.24 SP6 has been released. This is the 6th supplemental patch for v1.24. Supplemental patches do not require save game changes, thus both Default and Testing build users get to enjoy them.

This SP has a good amount of bug fixes and optimizations to the reports system. For SP7 I will focus primarily on little GUI issues, fixing one or two achievements that are not triggering, and a couple other little issues here and there. We're nearing the end of the SP's. I switch to engine updates for modern Operating Systems after SP7 is completed. Once that is finished, I'll jump back to gameplay, knock out any remaining "features", and then finish up the polish and bug fixing that popup.



So what's in SP6?

-Bugfix: Fixed development pace slider disappearing when designing a new generation vehicle.
-Gameplay: Adjustments to new trim and new generation development time when not changing components.
-GUI: Disabled zoom hot keys when text box has keyboard focus.
-Gameplay: New Marques now inherit 75% of parent company's image and skill ratings.
-Gameplay: Expanded marque's image and skill growth to include component designs.
-Bugfix: Fixed "Low Morale" display when contracts are assigned to a factory.
-Gameplay: AI now purges high end vehicles from sale in small cities if they don't sell any units over a period of time. This should speed up turn times slightly.
-Gameplay: Chassis weights have been increased slightly.
-Gameplay: Increased frame's and drivetrain's effect on chassis weights. Minor reduction for other sub components.
-Bugfix: Fixed issue with Buyer Ratings Table that showed all vehicles of a type instead of just the vehicles for sale in the selected city or district.
-Gameplay: Designer paint color will no longer reset after you paint something.
-GUI: Click the GUI will no longer cause an error sound when paint or accessory tools are enabled.
-Gameplay: Marketing Budgets have been added to Stock Reports.
-Gameplay: Reports header has been reorganized. Hopefully it is easier for players to find things instead of just throwing the miscellaneous reports into Reports 1 and Reports 2...
-Gameplay: Branch Reports now has wear information.
-Gameplay: Added Monthly Report to the reports header.
-Gameplay: Additional revenues information added to Quarterly and Annual Reports.
-GUI: RnD rating numbers are now displayed all the time instead of requiring the player to hover over the stars. This has required us to spread out the bottom panel more.
-GUI: Added Project Profits to RnD->View Vehicle.
-GUI: Assisted designer initial sliders positions have been corrected.
-Gameplay: AI production frequency has been replaced with AI Vehicle Design Frequency. This adjusts how many vehicle designs the AI will create.
-GUI: Last year race winnings for series is now displayed in the race series detail's panel on the Racing Budget window.
-Gameplay: Fixed issues with the AI that caused them not to discontinue designs that are listed in Licensing and Outsourcing systems.
-Gameplay: AI high performance cars should be more high performance now.
-Bugfix: Fixed crash when tabbing to name a vehicle trim's after already designing a trim.
-Gameplay: Adjustments to minimum vehicle fuel economy based on the engine design.
-Gameplay: 12 Additional Achievements
-Bugfix: Fixed some lawsuits turning negative due to high vehicle sales revenues.
-Gameplay: Merged CarReports and CityReports into 40 or so files, thus reducing the amount of reports the game generates in large save games.
-Gameplay: Removed historical Car Reports and City Reports. You only have the latest month now.
-Gameplay: Optimized car reports generation, thus reducing turn times significantly on large save games.
-Engine: Moved some historical vehicle data to the vehicle data table, thus allowing the engine to purge historical records and reduce save game size significantly for large save games.
-Bugfix: Fixed issue causing matured bonds not to clear out of company's meta information.
-Bugfix: Fixed mega menu crash when clicking arrows with no factories/branches.


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October 14

Version 1.24 SP5 Hotfix #1

A quick overnight hotfix to repair an issue with the Factory Update system. This should fix the extreme costs issues that were discovered with the SP5 update. Some more additional work to fix the balancing between update and redesign will be addressed in SP6 as well as the initial slider positions in the redesign panel. These are all caused by the same issue that fixed the update system.
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About This Game

Have you ever dreamed of running your own car company? Do you often find yourself drawing vehicle designs on the margins of your papers? Ever wondered what it would be like to be the next Henry Ford or Enzo Ferrari? Now you can with GearCity.

GearCity is an Automobile Manufacturing Business Simulator. Design chassis, engines, transmissions, and vehicles. Manage production lines, supplies, prices, and employees. Build factories and distribution branches. Set marketing and racing budgets, and most importantly stay profitable. All while hundreds of AI marques attempt to do the same thing.

GearCity offers a wide variety of design choices and near endless amounts of freedom when running your company. Do you want to make a pickup truck marque in Africa? A Russian supercar company? A German luxury brand? Maybe you want to be a generic marque in America? Or a budget car company in China? Let your imagination free and choose your own path.

Armed with a realistic economic simulator with historical purchasing power parity per capita, population, and economic data for over 250 cities, GearCity aims to be a hardcore realistic business simulator. This is not a typical casual tycoon game. Instead GearCity is a modern descendant of the classic 90s management games Detroit and MotorCity. Despite the fidelity of the simulation, once you get the hang of the game it is fairly simple and easy to play. You can choose a more abstract style, or dive deep and micromanage every detail.

GearCity currently offers:
120 Years (1440 Months/Turns) of gameplay.
274 Cities with historical economic and population data.
300 Marques.
29 Vehicle types
200 Moddable vehicles
56 Vehicle Accessories
20 Basic Tutorial Videos
240 Historical Events
Dynamic consumer demands based on user input.
Realistic consumer AI.
Stock Market system.
Marque creation, spinoffs, and takeovers.
Race Funding system.
Marketing
Factory management.
Distribution management.
Transport management
Labor and Unions management.
Lobbying
Charts
Data Reports
And much much more.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: XP
    • Processor: 1.2 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 128 MB
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Intel HD series video cards must use driver version 14 or newer! If your OEM does not supply them get them from Intel's website.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP, Windows 7
    • Processor: 3 GHz
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Intel HD series video cards must use driver version 14 or newer! If your OEM does not supply them get them from Intel's website.
    Minimum:
    • OS: OSX 10.7
    • Processor: 1.2 GHz
    • Graphics: 128 MB
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Requires OpenGL and 32-bit support. Newer versions of OSX may have stablity issues. Please try the demo before hand.
    Recommended:
    • OS: OSX 10.10
    • Processor: 3 GHz
    • Graphics: 512 MB
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Requires OpenGL and 32-bit support. Newer versions of OSX may have stablity issues. Please try the demo before hand.
    Minimum:
    • OS: 32-Bit with glibc 2.17 or higher
    • Processor: 1.2 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 128MB with OpenGL 1.2 Support
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: 32-Bit build. It should work with all 64-bit systems with multiarch support. Instructions for which libaries needed are included in parent directory in case ld fails to find libs.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Slackware 14.1 (Any major distro with glibc2.17 or higher)
    • Processor: 3 GHz
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512MB with OpenGL 2.0 Support
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: 32-Bit build. It should work with all 64-bit systems with multiarch support. Instructions for which libaries needed are included in parent directory in case ld fails to find libs.

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