The Guild 3 is a fascinating trade and life simulation that takes place during the late Middle Ages. Step into the shoes of a citizen, acquire businesses and mansions, produce goods and trade them, start intrigues in politics and society, love, hate, bribe, fight and live through good and bad times!
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Release Date:
Sep 26, 2017

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“The Guild is an established brand with a loyal userbase that has been waiting for many years for this sequel. As we're nearing completion and balancing/polishing the game, we want to have feedback from as many fans as possible, to be sure the finished version will meet everyone’s expectations, and that we'll be able to incorporate as many of our fans suggestions as possible, before the official release.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We haven’t set a fixed end date as this depends heavily on you, but we assume a duration of at least 4-6 months.”

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

“The only differences will be those made due to feedback from the fans, and of course final fixes. We also plan to add more languages and scenario maps.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

UPDATE June 2018:
The Guild 3 got an additional development studio: Purple Lamp Studios.

We will continue to improve the game and its performance. Multiplayer and other features, like societies and the sovereign, will be implemented during the coming months. The Guild 3 will continue to stay in Early Access until all features have been implemented and we - and you! - are happy with it.

Early Access is fully playable but in need of balancing and (performance) optimization. Participants can expect minor and few major bugs, that we will fix during Early Access. At beginning of Early Access, the game will be playable in English and German only - more languages (e.g. French, Spanish and more) will be added by the end of the Early Access period –voice output will follow at release.”

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

“Yes, the Early Access version will cost less than the full version, so Early Access players will get a great incentive to join early and shape up the game together with us.”

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

“We will interact with the community regularly on the steam community page of the game - please note, that all Early Access related threads will be deleted at the end of the Early Access phase.
And we've setup a redmine bugtracker for bugreports. Redmine is free, easy to use and no registration is required:

Additionally to that, we use the following Discord server during the Early Access, where you can give us feedback as well (we will read everything, although this will not be a 24/7support service:”
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August 9

Patch notes for version EA 0.5.4 – August 9, 2018

Steam build number: 311261

New features
- As announced, we have taken a look at the issues behind poor performance and inefficient memory usage when loading and playing savegames. We have now improved memory usage patterns which should result in shorter loading times and better performance in general (in particular when playing for extended periods of time and after loading savegames) in EA 0.5.4.
- To further improve performance, we have now implemented that only characters which are currently in the field of view of the camera are animated and not as before, every character on the map.
- Up until now, the amount of available products in the market hardly had an impact on price development. This has now been changed, so you should check more frequently if prices have shifted and if you need to optimise your supply chains. As part of these changes we have extracted many economy-related parameters from the code so that we can iterate more quickly in the future when it comes to the in-game economy.
- The re-work of the visualisation of selected characters is completed as of EA 0.5.4. You will now see a small bluish circle around all your characters. The circle of your dynasty leader will be gold-coloured. When you select one of your characters, the white circle will be highlighted more visibly. It should therefore now be easier to identify and select your own characters, especially within larger crowds.
- Character portraits which are displayed above buildings now display the profession and dynasty affiliation of a character. This should make it easier to select the correct character.
- The colour of the clothing in character portraits now also correctly reflects the dynasty colours. In order to reinforce this effect, we have replaced the blurry dynasty coat of arms in the background with the dynasty’s colour. Furthermore, we have adjusted the angle and distance from which character portraits are taken.
- When losing a game, it is no longer necessary to quit the entire game in order to begin a new one. Instead, you can now load a savegame or simply return to the main menu.
- Several maps have been re-worked in order to improve, performance as well as economy, available space for new buildings and arrangement of city districts. The following maps have been revised so far:
- Magdeburg
- Augsburg
- Visby
- Paris

Bug fixes
- Employees who are being controlled by the master AI will now immediately resume their activity after a savegame is loaded.
- Transporters will now resume their previously defined trade routes after a savegame is loaded.
- AI-controlled dynasties previously only reproduced if a marriage partner was already defined at the start of a scenario. Dynasties without marriage partners did not work towards achieving marriages, therefore leading to their eventual extinction. We have now implemented changes which will result in the AI socially interacting with other characters (paying compliments, entering relationships, marrying). The AI is currently not yet acting towards greater strategic plans when doing so, but this fix is merely the first improvement and we aim to continually improve this behaviour with upcoming updates.
- Characters should no longer get “stuck” as often when attempting to interrupt another character. The causes of this bug were particular distances and angles between the two characters.
- Abilities which interrupted the activity of NPCs will no longer interrupt their other routines. NPCs that just loiter around should therefore appear less frequently.
- The building menu of level 2 and 3 businesses should now open with a double-click on the building, as is already the case with level 1 businesses.
- Deceased characters will now no longer appear in residential buildings.
- Characters watching juggling performances will now no longer stand inside each other.
- The shadow calculation was improved so that shadows shouldn’t be cut off very close to the camera anymore.
- The white outline of selected characters should now also include their backpacks.
- Several texts were corrected, e.g. for henchmen, innkeepers, and news concerning the hospital and far distance travel.

- The following buildings have been optimised and were given 3 additional LOD-levels.
- alchemist levels 1 - 3
- barracks levels 1 - 3
- warehouse
- Additionally the roof colour of all residential buildings without thatched roofs has been changed, thus making them easier to distinguish.

Known issues
- Certain barrels are currently missing textures.
- There are some errors in the behaviour of AI-dynasties which can lead to AI characters not finishing certain actions under specific conditions. We will continuing working to fix that system.
- In very rare cases you may get a crash related to missing items in a save game. We already found the issue and will fix it.

Important information
If you are experiencing difficulties with loading and saving the game, you may attempt to delete all files from the folder “Games” in the installation directory of The Guild 3.
It is quite possible that some problems that you have in your game are caused by missing or corrupted files. In this case, the following can help: right-click on "The Guild 3" in your Steam library, then Properties - LOCAL FILES - REVIEW FILES TO ERROR

What we are planning for the next patch
- A re-work of the HUD, making it easier to understand, navigate and find information.
- Based on community feedback, we want to change the rules according to which the player avatar is selected.
- We will complete the refactoring of the skills system in order to allow our designers to begin repairing, improving and iterating on character skills.

A short outlook...
We will shift our main focus to character skills and improve the construction of buildings.


We value your feedback!
If you have the time, we would appreciate it if you could fill out a short survey regarding the changes we made in patch EA 0.5.4: Google Form
Please note: we do not collect any personal information other than your feedback - you will remain completely anonymous. This survey will end on August 22nd 2018.
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August 2

Patch notes for hotfix EA - August 2, 2018

Steam version number: 2996985

Since 0.5.3 the AI has started to act more actively. They manage, build businesses and also have ambitions for offices. As a result, unfortunately, problems have occurred that have led to crashes. As they unfortunately occured very "randomly" (more on that below), we did not have these crashes internally in our tests. We would like to thank you for pointing out the problems and for taking the time to send us the save games. This allowed us to find and fix crashes caused by the AI changes.

Bug fixes
- The game no longer crashes when a building burns down while a character wants to bring goods to that building.
- The game does not crash anymore when certain animations are to be played by guardsmen.
- The game will no longer crash if the residence or business of a character is destroyed.

We hope this will improve the experience for you again. Thanks again to all for the help!
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About This Game

We find ourselves in middle Europe of the year 1400. The dark middle ages, once dominated through nobles and clergy, ends and a new era begins: the age of the free cities of trading and of the free mind!
In The Guild 3 you create a family dynasty which can last for centuries. While the world around you and your dynasty rearrange itself again and again - all non-player figures make their own decisions - you have to prove your skills in handicrafts and trading, at social occasion and finally in politics and in malicious intrigues.
The Guild 3 is a unique mixture of economic simulation, strategy game, historical life simulation and role playing game in real time 3D, with atmospheric voice recording and medieval soundtrack.

  • Beautiful world that looks and feels alive, with day and night cycle and the four seasons Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter, each with specific influences to the world.
  • Many "Story Quests" offer hours of game fun!
  • Multiplayer experiences with up to 16 players at once!
  • Known and Secret Societies, e.g. the Freemasons and the Alchemists Guild! Join one of the societies, support your fellows and get supported, get access to special powers of your society and try to mold your city and whole scenario map according to your societies philosophy!
  • 12 unique scenario maps that comprise one or more cities and their surroundings, based on original historical locations in central and northern Europe.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7 or higher
    • Processor: 2.5 GHz Dual Core Processor
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 2 GB Direct3D 11 capable video card (GeForce GTX 470 or Radeon HD 5850)
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible Sound card
    • Additional Notes: These are preliminary system specs that can and will change!

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