Construct and design buildings for optimal working conditions. Hire people to design and release software, so you can defeat the simulated competition and take over their businesses. Manage and educate your employees to make sure they are skilled and satisfied with their job.
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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

The development of Software Inc. is a one-man operation. I chose Early Access because I'll need feedback, since it’s impossible to uncover all design flaws and issues by myself. The support I’ve gained through Early Access has allowed me to work on Software Inc. full time, which has enabled me to greatly speed up development and give it the full attention it deserves.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Software Inc. will be out of Early Access when I feel it is ready. This is not a race and I don’t have investors pressuring me into releasing it early. I have a great opportunity to make this game as good as I possibly can. Hopefully, the backlog of patch notes will be testament to my ongoing efforts developing the game at a reasonable pace, while adding interesting new features. I’m aiming for a full release in 2018, but I won’t promise anything!”

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

“You can find the roadmap on Trello at https://trello.com/b/9I286Mhu/software-inc. My plans for Software Inc. change often, depending on feedback and suggestions I receive, or if I stumble upon a good compromise. That said, I have a clear goal in mind to keep me from working on the game endlessly.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The game currently features complex and expansive building mechanics, a very deep market simulation and an engrossing simulation of the day-to-day life of a software company. The game still lacks in content, but it has Workshop support with more to come. The game is not fully balanced and the core gameplay is still being revised.”

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

The price will increase as the game progresses from alpha to final release. The game is cheaper the earlier you buy it as a “thank you” for supporting the development of Software Inc. in its early stages.”

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

The community plays a huge role in the development of Software Inc. I constantly read feedback, take on suggestions, and I often reconsider my stance on certain features. The development process is a big part of the product, which I believe is the way Early Access is supposed to be. It is important to note that as one developer, there are limits to the amount of feedback I can physically absorb, while still finishing the game and making sure I don’t pass out in front of my computer.”
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February 17

Alpha 10.10 officially out

Alpha 10.10 adds the long requested feature: Paths. You can now build paths from the road construction menu and since employees walk slower on grass in this update, paths won't just be for looks.



Alpha 10.10 highlights (including Alpha 10.9.9)
Changes
  • Added path system
  • Added secondary role and task system, so certain tasks and roles can be prioritized over others
  • Ability to drag selection to rectangle to select employees, furniture and parking spaces (using multi select will filter by current selection)
  • Improved selection responsiveness
  • Employee walk paths are now drawn when selected
  • Snow is now dynamically added to exterior walls, roofs and paths (modding guide here: https://softwareinc.coredumping.com/wiki/index.php/Material_Modding)
  • Added grass (you can increase the amount or disable completely in graphics options)
  • Employees now walk 25% slower on grass
  • Added performance column to active deals
  • Road crossings are now added dynamically to improve look of roads and parking
  • Added warning to product detail window when product has no more people to sell to
  • Elevated roads no longer appear blocky in miniatures
  • Added footprints and direction to dirt, and improved dirt spread
  • Employees now actively look at what they're interacting with and randomly around when idling and walking
  • Replaced newsfeed with offline patch notes in main menu
  • Duplicate shortcut now works for rooms (in build mode) and room clone button works for furniture
  • Anchor grid is now mapped to G by default and mapping is shown on grid gizmo
  • Ability to use arrow, esc and enter key in save game window
  • Price overlay when building will now default to being colored according to current bank balance
  • Select building now includes roof in selection
  • Improved how game generates nav and build mesh boundaries for modded furniture when using AutoBounds. Specifically sets minimum width and height for nav mesh and converts build mesh to a line if very thin. This should fix bugs with cubicles, if updated by author (If you are re-using the vanilla cubicle, leaving out nav and build boundary from the XML would be the best solution)

Fixes
  • Fixed bug causing AI companies to sometimes heavily underestimate physical sales and not order enough copies
  • Fixed room textures getting purged on Linux when changing resolution (would cause rooms to be black)
  • Fixed options window spawning new controls every time it was opened
  • Fixed snow and rain sticking to screen
  • Fixed undo placing houses and skyscrapers in custom map mode not working
  • Fixed employees walking through houses in town maps after load
  • Fixed camera zoom being overridden by default value on load
  • Coffee liquid held by employees on other floors would stay visible
  • Fixed wall top edge sometimes having holes or poking out over outdoor areas
  • Clone/blueprint tool will now correctly handle (recursively) surrounded open spaces in a building when checking for collisions
  • Fixed FURNITURE_DEBUG lines not being drawn on top of everything else
  • Fixed path to log file on Linux sometimes being incorrect

Optimizations
  • Improved dirt mesh data handling
  • Optimized all particle systems and disabled particle pausing to try and fix crashes caused by particle systems

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January 29

Alpha 10.10 out in testing

Alpha 10.10 adds the long requested feature: Paths. You can now build paths from the road construction menu and since employees walk slower on grass in this update, paths won't just be for looks.



Alpha 11 plans
As you may or may not have noticed, Alpha 11 development has been delayed quite a few times now. The planned features for Alpha 11 have been quite clear in my mind, but I've been unable to figure how to add those features, without breaking other parts of the game. I've finally figured out how to make it happen, but this is turning out to be quite a big overhaul. Since Alpha 11 might be one of, if not the last Alpha release, I think having it be a major overhaul of the main game mechanics makes sense, as this might be my last chance to rectify the issues I have with the game.

I'll be looking out for bug reports on the new path system, while I plan out how to implement Alpha 11. I'll start implementing Alpha 11 once I'm confident the new path system is stable.

Once my plans for Alpha 11 are finished, I'll have a good idea of how long it'll take to finish the initial release, but for now I'll guestimate it at somewhere between 3 and 9 months. I'll keep you posted at https://twitter.com/SoftwareIncGame

Alpha 10.10.8 (2019-02-11)
Changes
  • Duplicate shortcut now works for rooms (in build mode) and room clone button works for furniture

Fixes
  • Fixed bug that would sometimes occur when splitting rooms

Alpha 10.10.7 (2019-02-10)
Changes
  • Elevated roads no longer appear blocky in miniatures
  • Added footprints and direction to dirt, and improved dirt spread
  • Path materials can now be picked for outdoor areas
  • Color window now changes based on whether selected rooms are outdoor areas
  • Employees now actively look at what they're interacting with and randomly around when idling and walking

Fixes
  • Pressing enter to confirm deleting save file no longer causes game to try and load said file afterwards
  • Right clicking with path and any other object selected didn't group actions properly
  • Coffee liquid held by employees on other floors would stay visible
  • More fixes to room clone collision calculation

Optimizations
  • Improved dirt mesh data handling

Alpha 10.10.6 (2019-02-06)
Fixes
  • Fixed furniture wall offset algorithm in cases where furniture would get squished
  • Fixed wall top edge sometimes having holes or poking out over outdoor areas

Alpha 10.10.5 (2019-02-05)
Fixes
  • Fixed game breaking when modded furniture breaks
  • Fixed game breaking when assigning project management leader to no team

Alpha 10.10.4 (2019-02-04)
Changes
  • Improved path related pathfinding
  • You can no longer place path ends on blocked areas and paths will snap to room boundaries, so they don't get blocked
  • Added line to show if path is going to connect to a door
  • Added performance column to active deals
  • Clone/blueprint tool will now correctly handle (recursively) surrounded open spaces in a building when checking for collisions
  • Ability to use arrow, esc and enter key in save game window
  • Price overlay when building will now default to being colored according to current bank balance

Fixes
  • Blocked path endings no longer break pathfinding and a warning has been added
  • Adding door near path could make path corrupted and unselectable
  • Undoing extending path in a straight line didn't work
  • Optimized broken furniture smoke particles and disabled particle pausing to try and fix crashes caused by particle systems

Alpha 10.10.3 (2019-02-01)
Reported bugs fixed for path system, particle systems (should reduce crashes in Windows) and secondary task system

Alpha 10.10.2 Fixes (2019-01-30)
  • Game would fail to save if a path system had been corrupted
  • Fixes to path undo procedures

Alpha 10.10.1 changes
  • Added path system
  • Added grass
  • Employees now walk 25% slower on grass
  • Added secondary role and task system, so certain tasks and roles can be prioritized over others
  • Improved selection responsiveness
  • Snow is now dynamically added to exterior walls, roofs and paths
  • Road crossings are now added dynamically to improve look of roads and parking
  • Added warning to product detail window when product has no more poeple to sell to
  • Anchor grid is now mapped to G by default and mapping is shown on grid gizmo
  • Replaced newsfeed with offline patch notes in main menu

Fixes
  • Fixed undo placing houses and skyscrapers in custom map mode not working
  • Fixed employees walking through houses in town maps after load
  • Fixed camera zoom being overridden by default value on load

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About This Game


Construct and design buildings for optimal working conditions. Hire people to design and release software, so you can defeat the simulated competition and take over their businesses. Manage and educate your employees to make sure they are skilled and satisfied with their job.

CURRENT FEATURES
  • Build, furnish and maintain office buildings up to ten stories + basement, on an enormous land, using a free-form building system with easy copy-paste tools
  • Hire employees to design, develop, support, research and market software in teams
  • Build roads and parking to ease commuting for your employees
  • Tend to your employees' needs, demands, skills and specializations, while making sure each team has compatible personalities
  • Customize your own employee avatar
  • Create your own software products and franchises
  • Compete in a simulated and randomly populated market by selling your products, taking on contract work, creating patents, making deals or trading stocks
  • Hire staff to repair your furniture and computers, clean your office, make food for your employees or greet visitors
  • Mod what kind of software you can develop, add your own furniture, upload your building blueprints or add support for your language
  • Delegate important tasks to your team leaders, such as managing development cycles and human resources
  • Set up your own servers for products, source control and running your own online store

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7+
    • Processor: 2.4 GHz Dual Core Processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB dedicated video RAM, Shader Model 4.0
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Laptops with power saving graphic processors might need to be configured for Software Inc.
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.8+
    • Processor: 2.4 GHz Dual Core Processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB dedicated video RAM, Shader Model 4.0, OpenGL 4.1+
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04+
    • Processor: 2.4 GHz Dual Core Processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB dedicated video RAM, Shader Model 4.0, OpenGL 4.1+
    • Storage: 1 GB available space

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