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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June 16

After a lull


Hello, friends and everyone who cares about the game!

It has been more than 2 months of the development and you still have not got any updates. Actually, we feel like fixing it!

First of all, on behalf of all the devs, I want to calm everyone who cares about the game release – the development is going ahead and does not even stop on weekends, it really tires us out!

We needed to get our thoughts together and immerse ourselves in the game development at 100%; as a result, there was a delay in updates. We would not like to say one thing and do another one!

What's new? and what kind of troubles have we run up against?

Economical model


We originally planned to end the game economics and release a new build by May 15. Then the early access would be available on Steam.

Unfortunately, a completed build did not make us happy. Frankly, the game was more playable in my head than it actually was.

I think the reason for that is so that we had lots of economic formulas, indicators, and so on – something around 35 ones –, that the player needed to manage! We really were out of line, guys…it was not clear, difficult for us and the gameplay in general.

As a result, we were upset because we wanted to make the game rather than an accountant simulator… Eventually, we decided to remake the economic model of the game!

We did not want to drop any updates, news about the release dates in mid-May because we did not understand how much time we needed to remake the economic model.

Actually, we were able to make a new economic model and practically implement it in the game. We really hope it will be a good one to show you.

By the way, it is the 10th version of the economic model for over 2 years of the development!
We have done a lot of work to make a company management simulator and get rid of boring micromanagement.
We have implemented a new company update system through technology and patents. Now, if you buy a profitable company, it will not always mean you are on the right way!

Before, you buy one company then one else and so on to achieve a monopoly. As a rule, it became a boring routine after a while.

Currently, the player has got a difficult choice: buy a profitable company or a company that has a certain technology to get multi-effect after merging with your main corporation?

It allows you to obtain different strategies to achieve monopoly, is it? If you combine companies with different technologies, in the long run, you will get more profit than just buying up the most profitable companies. Sometimes it makes a sense! It definitely makes the gameplay more playable.

FPS


The next trouble is too low FPS. By implementing new game stuffs, we, devs, usually do not think about how powerful computers are needed to play a game. As a rule, devs start thinking about that at the end of development. So, many games have poor optimization.

When we saw a level of 4-8 FPS in mid-May, it took us a while to fix it. Now we have a level of 45-60 FPS on computers with average performance.

Influence agents & diplomacy
https://youtu.be/akNgCtZZFEU

They are currently clearer and simpler. However, to get them, the player need to complete a character's request (I have mentioned about them above). For example, agent 'Goon' will be knocking out debts. Meanwhile, there is a risk of being caught by the police despite of the efficiency of this method.

We are adding 3 new influence agents into the game. You are gonna find out more about that in the next update

In addition to the economic model, we have implemented – and we will be implementing – some characters' ambitions and goals. For example, the request to give a loan, eliminate opponents, look for extra resources to start up new companies, help take an office position and over.

By helping, the player gets extra loyalty to himself, which in turn allows to get more game stuff.

Plans


We are hard grinding to release the game on Steam as soon as possible so that not only backers are able to play it but also many thousands players from different countries who has Plutocracy in their wishlist.

We are really interested in it because our financial resources are not limitless. It makes some troubles for us. However, there is a positive point in it - we are making the game better and better every day!

We will announce the release day as soon as we make sure the game lives up to our expectations in 3 out of 5. We hope it will happen soon rather than in six months or a year.

We are gonna need something around 1,5 months to polish the economic model and release the EA on Steam. We hope we will no longer postpone the release date.

We are very strict with ourselves, and we will not allow the mediocre implementation of our project. Is it worth blaming us? It is up to you.

Furthermore, everyone can still participate in the game development by purchasing the alpha through the IndieGoGo page.

We want to not just release the game by pleasing to someone but also get a good reputation, guys. So, our goal is to give a good gameplay and bring something new into economic and political simulators!

Thanks to everyone who understands it and support us! It is cool that the game idea joints people from different countries! We are happy to realize that we have the international project and the team! It gives us extra motivation!

Plutocracy news


P.S. We decided to return to the "newspaper" format on the site, which was released before the alpha release last September.

It will have been being updated more than news in the blog so that you can see our progress, and how much time is left before the early access release on Steam.

We are planning to make a big update for the alpha testers soon!

Wish us good luck!
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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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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

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • 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
    Recommended:
    • 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
    Minimum:
    • 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
    Recommended:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    Minimum:
    • 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
    Recommended:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system

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