The business simulator Plutocracy gives you the chance to become wealthy and powerful to take control over the world. Where policy, laws, officials and people are only the chess pieces how do you play your game?
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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“We would like to provide the opportunity for the players to influence on the final gameplay process. We have a many different options how to develop our game and we would like to get some feedback from the players.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We are planning to complete the development during 2018 year.”

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

“We're planning to add a new content, various types of characters and make them more unique. In addition, we are trying to introduce new functionalities and gameplay features which is demanding on balance. And all of it will become possible only with your help and feedback. We are opened for any ideas that you wish to put in the game. You can touch us by social media channels or right here on Steam. If you feel there's something missing, please let us know.

The full version of the game will include the following features:

  • Campaing mode.
  • Single missions such as: monopoly, billionaire, manipulator, collector and total score.
  • Table players rankings.
  • Developed economic system.
  • Simulation 19th century of the US political sistem.
  • Auction and luxury items.
  • Multiplayer.

After full release, we're going to continue the updating of the game.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The game is close to it's final build. The Early Acsess release gameplay is practically the same as the final version but still a bit limited. You can try all the game opportunities in "free world": buy companies, build monopolies, lobby politicians and laws, win the auction, use influence agents, negotiate, pump up skills of your character, put your own people at the helm of the company and promote candidates for elected office.”

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

“We understand that there is a significant difference between a completed product and one that is still in development. Therefore, the price of the game in the early access will be lower. After the release, we plan to slightly increase it.”

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

“We are planning on involving the community in our developmnet process via our social medias (twitter, facebook, reddit, youtube, instagram) and community hub on Steam.”
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Available: April 2019


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March 12

The patch #3

Hello, everyone!

The patch #3 is ready. Go to update, guys!

What's new?

It's partially implemented the political system:

1. It's released one of three branches of the US government - Legislative (at the level of a state legislature)
2. Divide into two chambers, the upper chamber headed by the Lieutenant Governor and the lower chamber headed by the Speaker of the majority party
3. Divide politicians into two factions (Republicans and Democrats)
4. Politicians stick to the faction views but, now and then, they can vote against that or abstain.
5. Added a few laws (taxes, working conditions, etc.)
6. Lobby a law through politicians
7. Governor's veto (the full functionality will be available in the next update)
8. Run your assistant for any post
9. Election campaign
10. The player can select the election campaign strategy
11. The player gets influence points, votes (during the voting for a law) for a politician puppet.

During this month, we're fully planning to implement the legislative branch of the US government

What else?

1.Added the hotkey 'Space' to skip a turn
2. Fixed the logic of rising property prices
3. Added new luxuries
4. The player gets influence points by purchasing a item at auction
5. The salary of an assistant matches his skills.

Game balance:

We have a request to check the influence balance the player gets from his politicians puppets, the stake in a company, luxuries. We're waiting for your feedback.

Next update:

1. Implement an economic model for running a company after purchasing a controlling interest.
2. Implement the judicial branch of the US government
3. Implement the executive branch of the US government
4. 'Plutocratopedia' (guide)
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March 8

The next patch

Hello, there!

We're gonna release a patch #3 at the end of this week.

So, what's new?

- modified the auction gameplay
- Election campaign
- Lobbying laws
- and much more

We'll post the details on the patch release day. Now we feel like telling you about the details of the political system: the structure of the legislative power, individual differences in political ideology as well as a political campaign.

In the mentioned patch, you'll be coming across with state politicians - members of a state legislature. As you know, every state legislature is divided into two chambers, the upper chamber headed by the Lieutenant Governor and the lower chamber headed by the Speaker of the majority party.

We've started developing the system at the bottom of the political hierarchy; in future updates, we'll be releasing the next executives - the US President, the Supreme Court, etc. - so that the player climbs from the bottom to the top of the political ladder.

There are 2 factions - the Democrats and Republicans - in which all politicians have different ideological views in the game world:

- Democrats are aiming at lobbying for a law that reduces individual income tax but increases corporate tax;

- Republicans are supporters of an open market with low export duties. At the same time, they support protectionist economic policy that erects tariff and other barriers to trade with other nations.

To get max benefit, you should be flexible in the confrontation of two ideologies.

The election process: select a candidate and run him for the opponent post. Most influential politicians, also having an impeccable reputation, have a good rating among voters so it'll be hard to win.

To win, you need to get more votes than your opponent. You can choose a right track - finance a campaign, participate in debates, give promises to feed the electorate - or bribe voters, get dirt on your opponent (so that the rating is low) or even, eliminate him...

Watch the opponent's behavior and, as a result of that, the dynamics of change in the electorate's mood. Control the mass consciousness, take a look at the number of voters so that your opponent does not to get more voters than you.

Then you'll have your puppet in a state legislature to spread the influence and make more money!

What further differences in the political ideologies do you think we should incorporate? Actually, only you can run for your assistants at different political posts. Would you like to run openly or as a secret ruler in the shadows?

While we're preparing an update, leave your thoughts about that.

'Plutocracy' is based on politics and lobbying laws. We're planning to integrate it with the economics before at the end of March.

What's scheduled for the EA?

- Run a company: you'll have more than 30 economics indicators which effect a company's income - use that to make more money! (it'll be available in 2 weeks)

- Bonds/shares issue

- Company technologies

- Director's orders and strategies (these are automatic settings to get rid of routine micromanagement)

- AI (your opponent)

- Game balance (to be happy playing the game, it's necessary to fix different inconsistencies because the game has a lots of figures and data. Your feedback will help us a lot!)

- Fix bugs and the game optimization. It takes much time, guys! We don't want to release the raw game because we know it's always irritating! So we want to meet you halfway by giving the opportunity to get the alpha before the early access run. The game will be up for grabs after we are all set to start. Thanks for your understanding!

We are an indie studio and, in some sense, we have one attempt to get ahead. You need to understand us - not be disappointed - if we pull off the release date. We do want you to like the game otherwise 2,5 years will be wasted.

We have good news, we're gonna hire a few programmers to speed up! We see you're looking forward to the early access release, it's like a breath of fresh air!

Eventually, we should make game footage to cheer you up!

All the best,
Redwood games team!
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About This Game

About the game

Plutocracy is a 2D strategy that will immerse you into the era of the Gilded Age of the rise of big business and the first billionaires. Your path gets started by investing and capturing the most profitable companies. Achieve financial wealth by buying out companies, building monopolies which in turn help you to lobby laws and politicians, corrupt officials.

You’ll be able to make political intrigues as well as play the game of big business by putting sticks in the wheels. In front of you will open tens of years of history with hundreds of significant events. You can influence the aftermath World Wars, make an economic crisis by using the earned money and influence. Build the most powerful financial empire and become a shadow ruler of the world!

A plutocracy is a form of society defined as being ruled or controlled by a function of wealth. The main idea of the game is to show the interaction of the economy with politics and how influential capitalists make an impact inside and outside politics using the money.

In this game, a player can immerse himself in the real world of capitalists with all the vicissitudes and intrigues as well as feel how the player's decisions change the economies of countries where politicians become his puppets. Every law or official decree has an end customer!

Achieve the game’s goals in many ways! Only you decide whether to compete openly or secretly. Whether to make a bet on the economic development of their companies or investment in them with the support of influential officials and politicians? To be the richest and influential person in the world and make peoples’ lives better by changing the political course of continents? Every way has its consequences! The responsibility of your choices will be going up with every level of the game.

Scalability is what we’re seeking while designing our game. In the beginning, a little depends on you because you don’t start the game as a president or a billionaire. You build everything from the scratch. Gradually the workers of your companies, their families, industries, regions, and even countries and continents begin to depend on you. You will start feeling the growth of your responsibility for every decision you make.

The game has a real dynamic mechanism of economic companies and the country. Having achieved the scale levels, you’ll be able to influence prices, GDP, unemployment and etc of the whole country and also of the whole world.

We know how excessive micromanagement is tiresome so we’ve made both manual and automatic process management inside companies. You can hire directors and they’ll take care of all the routine processes! Make the most suitable strategy for the current realities of the market and delegate management tasks to the Board of Directors.

In the game, you can modify the production plan for workers, increase or decrease working hours and wages. It’ll lead to a reduction of administrative expenses and a wage-fund but at that same time, it’ll instigate a strike and an increased level of an accident in a company. All the staff will be in a rage, trade unions will take up arms against you but your profitability will go up!

A strike will influence the production volume, companies will start seeing losses. Will you meet the demands of the demonstrators or disperse the crowd of the dissatisfied people with help of corrupt cops? Will you bleed the workers dry or inspire the staff to upgrade their skills? Every way has its consequences! It’s up to you to decide! It’s entirely in your hands!

Having issued stocks and bonds, you’ll be able to capitalize on your company and conduct IPO. Make monopolies and trusts, expand the areas of influence and capture market shares as well as take over smaller companies. You have different ways of competing. Make a relationship with the companies' owners and collude with them, merging into cartels. Together, you can drop the prices of products on the market and squeeze out competitors and then make a monopoly by which you can raise the price of three folds! Organize strikes and sabotage at the companies of competitors, disrupt supplies and block logistics.

The market is a living self-organizing matter in which the functioning of the industries is interrelated. For instance, you can buy out all transport companies in the region and increase the supply price for competitors several times as Rockefeller did it in the period of the seizure of the petroleum market. No one will want to work in the minus! As a result, competitors will be forced to sell their companies to you sooner or later. Will you have enough resources for that? Or you’ll be acting through loyal politicians and destroy the competitors by laws?

Choose any of the 14 industries and take over the market. Destroy competitors, be ruthless on the way to achieving your goals! You can develop and improve the infrastructure of your companies because new technologies increase income! Build new buildings, expand the plan and get higher dividends. The game will give you the right to choose to be able to become economically powerful!

In the game, the executive branch consists of officials of the federal and local levels. The governor is in charge of the state welfare, the treasurer of finance, the prosecutor and the police of law and order, the judges make decisions.

During the game, you’ll see a simulation of the real processes of passing laws at the region and the entire country level. We tried thoroughly to simulate the political system of the United States. Politicians will be sorting out significant issues of financing, taxation, management, business, education, healthcare, migration, social programs and other.

There is an opportunity to hire political lobbyists who will be able to find some arguments to promote your law or an unfavorable law against your competitors. On the one hand, you may sponsor the election campaigns of politicians and they’ll help you when you in need, you may collect dirt on them and use the mass media to your advantage to not leave a chance to those who refused to be your puppets.

Necessary laws will open up new opportunities for you to increase your wealth. Become a manipulator in political circles, increase your status and make relationships with influential officials and politicians. The party of Republicans and Democrats have different ideologies. So if you adopt the policy of clan capitalism, the government will have less influence on the regulation of market relations, therefore you will be able to get the support of the Republicans.

For instance, you can make a monopoly and lobby through a law that reduces corporate taxes. But be careful, it can make a federal budget deficit and the whole country will take up arms against you. Greed is not always good! You must be able to find a balance between all the parties and society levels so that your monopoly doesn’t collapse like a house of cards.

However, if you need bills of the democratic part such as reducing unemployment, increasing wages and other stuff, then don’t miss the opportunity to lobby through the bill to sing and adopt it! Use politicians and officials for your own goals! Will, you improve the well-being of the population or will you only take care of your well-being? It’s up to you!

Capture fields of strategically important resources in other countries and provoke military conflicts through the Senate of the US Congress or the White House. Give a loan to the parties for the military conflict, break down the economies of countries, create the financial crisis and coup d'etat to buy cheap assets!

You can become the beneficiary of the most significant historical events or just create your own alternative history without wars and economic crisis. In the game, you can get used to the role of secret leaders who was creating and influencing the history. Appoint politicians and heads of states so that they unquestioningly carry out your orders.

Do you need to increase the supply of unprocessed oil to your refineries? Help an ambitious politician to become the minister of the country you need and make a deal with him to get oil for a song. Become a financial support and an international banker for countries asking for need.

If you want to play hard and dirty, you should use the agents of influence who are your assistants in difficult situations. There are more than 36 unique characters, divided into 12 categories, whose hands you can fight with competitors. Make political intrigues, hidden manipulative fraud and win competitors!

You have a huge set of tools: you can use force methods such as arson and accidents, bank robberies and etc as well as you can use secret and cunning methods: organize strikes and block production to competitors, industrial espionage, influence the stock market, use the services of a journalist and the mass media and so on. But be careful, every illegal action is strictly punishable by the court of justice! Well, or make sure that the judge and the state attorney are on your side…

The game has something around 15,000 characters including shareholders, officials, politicians who have their own interests, fears, ambitions and other stuff that you can use to influence them. Just imagine a game world in which all the characters interact with each other, buy shares, lobby their interests, try improving their lives.

Organize routes (banquet hall) and make meaningful relationships among influential people as well as give gifts, help people realize their ambitions which in turn will help you get access to huge resources. Every character can conceal a threat or access to game resources down the line. Therefore, it is necessary for you to consciously make friends!

Keep in mind that every “resident” is endowed with intellect and knows how to behave and calculates what to do one step ahead. In addition, he is also connected by the threads of friendship or enmity with other characters, forming his unique network of contacts.

For example, if you improve your relationship with a businessman who has two influential friends in the Congress, then your relationship with those congressmen can become much easier which will open up new opportunities later. On the other hand, you will have the risk of starting a financial war with some "oligarch" and his friends, if you stop getting along well with each other.

Increase your social status by winning luxuries at the auction. Earn money on horse races betting on horses. The price of rare coins or paintings will go up! Don’t forget to buy houses to get annual rent; cars, yachts and planes are a measure of your luxurious life. Any property is a tool for making relationships: if someone collects rare coins or paintings so as you, then it will be easier to make friends with them because of common interests.

The game starts in 1870 and continues till date. There is an inheritance system where you can leave a bequest to your heirs to go on playing for them! If one of the heirs has analytical abilities and pragmatism, then you should give a financial monopoly to him. If you think that someone is suitable for the position of Senator of the Congress, then you should take care of his election campaign in advance.

Promote your relatives in official posts, divide spheres of influence and appoint them as managers of your companies. Build a clan network and capture all strategically important resources.

Be ready to meet the opposition of other clans. The most powerful families in the game will be fighting for world influence. Will you have enough the fortitude to win that fight?

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 7 (only 64 bit), Windows 8 (only 64 bit), Windows 10 (only 64 bit)
    • Processor: Intel Pentium CPU G645T, 2,5+ GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Geforce 7800, AMD HD 4600, Intel HD3000 or similiar
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible
    • Additional Notes: Internet connection required for online multiplayer
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 7 (only 64 bit), Windows 8 (only 64 bit), Windows 10 (only 64 bit)
    • Processor: Quad Core CPU
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 560 or higher, AMD Radeon HD 5800 or higher
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible
    • Additional Notes: Internet connection required for online multiplayer
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.8.5
    • Processor: Dual Core CPU
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce GT 330M, AMD Radeon HD 5750M, Intel HD 4000 or similar
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Soundblaster compatible
    • Additional Notes: Internet connection required for online multiplayer
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.04
    • Processor: Dual Core CPU
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce GT 330M, AMD Radeon HD 5750M, Intel HD 4000 or similar
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Soundblaster compatible
    • Additional Notes: Internet connection required for online multiplayer
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system

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