Monday, August 27, 2012

Clockwork Empires

Gaslamp Games, creators of the enjoyable rogue-like Dungeons of Dredmor, have just revealed their new game to the world today and it is all about building steampunk cities in a dangerous world filled with monsters, elder gods, insane people and evil. Like Dungeons of Dredmor, this dynamic city-building game will make failure not the worst thing in the world and each city you create has many different routes for destruction. For instance, you can have scientists working in a lab and if you leave them unintended for too long they might start working on mad creations and end up summoning an Elder God, one of the giant world destroying monsters from H.P. Lovecraft's Call of Cthulu, to your city and bringing about the demise of everyone. Your city could also be destroyed by other players, the game can be played with up to four people cooperatively or competitively, or plenty of other lovely ways. When you lose you can earn medals, promotions and titles, so losing everything is all for naught. Clockwork Empires is what this creation is being called and it sounds rather interesting.

Not a whole lot has been revealed about the game yet, just a few screenshots, some info and a feature list that I'm going to copy and paste for you shortly, but it does sound pretty ambitious. I'm a little concerned since their previous game wasn't like this at all, but Gaslamp Games has always been a solid developer that doesn't hate their community. All of the screenshots and a bit of the information on this game is from a PC Gamer article that was exclusively done for the press release of Clockwork Empires. The game will have a story of some sort and the back story is that you are a Junior Bureaucrat that is sent out to get fame and fortune as you build glorious steampunk cities on the frontier. You will be able to explore the world by land, sea and air and each will present their own challenges. For now, let us take a look at the list of features:

-Dynamic, city-building, citizen-simulating action. Every imperial subject has a purpose and agenda of their own, and their interactions are rich, exciting, and often lethal!

-New “procedural extrusion” technology lets you design your colony the way you want! Buildings are procedurally generated and extruded directly from the aether to your specifications!

-Tame the uncharted continents by land, sea, and air! Set forth in mighty Zeppelins to do battle with Sky Pirates, or take to the seas in search of fortune and probably sea serpents!

-Create magnificent acts of plumbing, link together mighty gears, and build ominous Megaprojects!

-Tangle with the machinations of malevolent entities! Scry the legacy of the Invisible Geometers, fumigate the baleful moon-fungus of the Selenian Polyps, and cleanse the scuttling creepiness and poor personal and moral hygiene of your everyday, average cultist.

-Losing is still fun! When your colony fails miserably, earn medals, promotions, and titles as befits a true politician and scion of the Empire!

-Multi-player mode, with up to 4 players, lets you co-operate with your closest friends to build a glorious city… or fight a horrifying economic battle to total annihilation!

-Round-Robin mode lets you share your Clockwork Empires with friends! Take turns running a colony directly into the ground then argue for fun-filled hours about whose fault it was! (Like Monopoly but with more exploding Zeppelins!)

-Rendered in glorious GaslampVision! Thrill as the colours are brought to life by Gaslamp’s team of caffeine-addled artists labouring under the technical specifications of our elite programmers* to bring you a game that is rendered in Each of the Three Dimensions! New multi-core technology by Actual University Students lets you use every last ounce of power in your computer to run a thrilling and vivid simulation!

-Featuring the new Dynamic Soundtrack Orchestra – the Soundtrack that Adjusts to Your Gameplay! (Mr. M. Steele, conductor)

-No always-online DRM requirement, unlike certain other games we don’t want to mention. You know who you are and your mothers are very disappointed.

-Comes complete with the Gaslamp Games Quality of Excellence that you know and love, and if you don’t like something you can mod it yourself in the best tradition of Empire Craftsmanship!

Sounds at least vaguely interesting huh? There isn't much more than on the game, but here is one more screenshot and if you would like to read a little bit more then head on over to PC Gamer's article on Clockwork Empires. The game doesn't have an expected release date, but they are making it for PC, Mac and Linux. Thanks for checking it out. 

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-Written by Sean Cargle


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