Developer Gaming Minds Studios and publisher Kalypso Media have just released a batch of new content for their railroad management game, Railway Empire. The “Staff and Character Update” has entered public beta, and makes some rather drastic changes to the character trait system. Originally, your characters only had one bonus, but this update gives each… The post Railway Empire Gets New DLC, Free Content Update appeared first on Niche Gamer.
Industry is booming, and the race is on to establish the most dominant and powerful rail empire in all of North America.
It’s been a long time since games like Railroad Tycoon and Sid Meier’s Railroads! were popular, so Railway Empire is here to give fans something a bit newer.
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The race is on to establish the most dominant and powerful rail empire in all of North America. Out think and outmaneuver your competitors as you lead your company into the 20th century!
In August of 1867, a band of Cheyennes in Nebraska had an idea for thwarting the railroads that were porting unwanted change through their homelands. Tying a "big stick" to the tracks, they cheered as it derailed a handcar, prompting them to slaughter all but one of the passengers.Emboldened, they proceeded to rip apart the track itself, and their efforts were rewarded soon after when a freight train wrecked and burst into flames as it tumbled into a ravine. It's worth wondering if the history of the American West would have been different if this tactic had been used more often.But there's none of that in Railway Empire, even though the campaign's opening chapter also kicks off on the flat, tutorial-friendly expanses of the Great Plains in the 1860s. The map itself is suitably geographically accurate, with the gentle ripples of the plains erupting into the crests of the Rocky Mountains, but much like this history, it's only the broad strokes of the real thing
As Samuel Horti reported last month, Railway Empire is on track for a January 26 release, bringing with it more stations, micromanaging, and staff hiring and firing than you can toot a conductor's whistle at. Now, its latest trailer explores its sophisticated AI system and, crucially, how you'll work around it. Can you beat the AI?, asks publisher Kalypso in a new blog post, before outlining all the considerations you'll face in doing so. One decision the AI will often consider, so says Kalypso, is whether or not clearing a path directly through a mountain and laying tracks is economically feasible, or whether or not it's best to circumvent obstacles instead. "It’s not always an easy decision for players," says the post, "but it’s no problem at all for your computerized rivals, who are more than capable of planning and building complex rail networks on any terrain and will no doubt prove a tenacious competitor in your battle
The original tycoon genre comes back
Railway Empire is a tycoon sim about building up a rail network in the mid-19th century Unites States. You plonk down stations, micromanage routes, choose which staff to hire and fire, and upgrade your trains with on-board toilets and padded seats. Publisher Kalypso (of the more recent Tropico games) has announced that it's due to arrive on January 26. You start with a small fleet of trains and slowly purchase more than 40 models, sinking points into a tech tree to unlock 300 upgrades, which range from mechanical tweaks to on-board hygiene. You have to maintain your trains and keep your work force happy, all the while expanding your network to keep up with the growing demand for industry in the expanding towns and cities on the map.Laying out all the tracks to design the most efficient network possible (or a monstrous zig-zagging mess) could prove satisfying, and there's a few extra activities away from your train network including purchasing farms and trading on the stock m
Kalypso recently demoed a few games in their upcoming lineup. Check them out and get the latest PS4, Xbox One, and PC news for Railway Empire.