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When we finally release Imagine the earth On Xbox One and Xbox Series X|SI, we began to recall how risky development this game was for us. Martin and I have devoted seven years of intense work to our world simulator, which is very special in combining urban construction and economic strategy, resource management and the way of global planetary ecological survival.
The game combines many valuable game mechanics in a unique way, and we have always wanted it to run on Xbox. Therefore, we optimized all the content controlled by the gamepad when creating the interface and telling stories. The early version is already running on the Xbox 360 development kit, because the first prototype we made as a student was the finalists of Microsoft’s 2008 Imagination Cup final in Paris, and they won the game design category for the first time in history. With the development of the game, we changed the game engine twice and overhauled the interface and character design more frequently.
I’m sure that we can continue this long development journey thanks to public recognition such as the Imagine Cup, and of course the support of more than 43,000 supporters in the early access stage. Over the years, the climate crisis has intensified and has become a problem for the middle class of society. The growing awareness of this issue gives us confidence to deal with an urgent topic and integrate the climate crisis as a true core mechanism into gameplay.
Build your own civilization on a distant planet
over time, Imagine the earth It has become an economic strategy game with environmental planet simulation. The job of the space colony manager is to establish and supply colonies on a global scale. Its purpose is to develop efficient production and space trade to promote prosperity and prosperity, while also conducting research and development for new technologies to avoid disasters, rising sea levels and global climate collapse.
In the beginning, it was a peaceful infrastructure construction game, because the use of weapons is prohibited in its future scenarios. First, the player must build the city and provide it with food, energy and commodities. Finding the best location for each building is a complex problem, because they have many positive and negative influences on each other, and there are various ground conditions and deposits on the site. You can use the produced goods or harvested materials to make additional equipment or more complex items for sale. In order to maintain the quality of life of the colonists, sooner or later people need to find a balance between growth and sustainability.
The race for unlimited economic growth in space
In addition, the game places players in the role of participants in the global economy. Players must economically compete with other companies to compete for dominance in the global market. This includes stock trading and hostile takeovers, but you can even use terrain modification and weather manipulation to make your opponent’s share price plummet. Form alliances or face various diplomatic struggles.
Factions may be forced to cooperate from a certain point in the development of the planet to protect the environment as the basis of their common life. The World Congress is a democratic alliance that encompasses every faction on the planet. It passed resolutions on taxes and subsidies, fines and supplies. Due to the threat of climate change, various factions discuss emission taxes and environmental funds or prohibit certain technologies (such as fossil fuels), and hope to find strategies and answers to protect their homes.
The fate of the world is in your hands
As mentioned earlier, we used to start this project as a student, and the way the prototype seems to make the most threatening and urgent problem of our time playable in the simulation has kept us excited and busy for so many years. The challenge of global climate change seems too abstract and unthinkable for individuals, and should be made feasible by making players responsible for the fate of the global ecosystem.
Over time, the sci-fi scenes we developed around this theme are mainly used to realize thought experiments with open results and eliminate ideological reservations and sensitivity, which will prevent ground scenes.In storytelling and drama, we continue to face the challenge of balancing entertaining and seriousness, so Imagine the earth It can shine like a game and still ask plausible questions without becoming moral or informative. Rather, it should be inviting, motivating, and inspiring curiosity. The lightweight visual style should improve the accessibility of the game. It also celebrates the triangle, the smallest universal component in the world of all 3D computer games, as a stylistic design element.
Planetary Colonization Imagine Earth is a real-time planetary simulation and building strategy game. As a space colony manager, your job is to explore and fill distant planets. Build prosperous and profitable colonies on a global scale, and trade resources and goods into space. Profit and ecological extinction You will experience a huge conflict between the profit goals of StarCraft and the need to protect the living conditions of your people. As your colony grows, exhaust emissions and ground pollution will affect the global climate. The rising temperature melts the polar cap and your colony is destroyed by rising sea levels. Expansion and research through the construction of power plants, farms and factories to build large cities and meet their demand for resources. Mining ideon crystals, calming riots, researching technology and architecture, and maximizing your growth while maintaining a healthy ecosystem. Allies, threats and enemies are prepared to deal with threats such as asteroid strikes, tornadoes, wildfires, volcanoes and rising sea levels. Defend against space attackers and alien investors. Coexist and trade with locals, merchants and hostile colonies. In the capitalist space age 2048, huge companies divided the earth among them and developed the earth’s natural resources to a large extent. Now, the discovery of ideon crystals allows people to enter space, while almost everything remains the same in technology and ideology. The laws of the market are spreading to the universe. Competition and economic warfare. On every planet discovered, a competition for economic dominance will erupt. In order to expand your colony as quickly as possible and defeat your opponents, you can use free fossil resources and minerals. The extra money is provided by selling shares in your colony. Take over the counterparty company by buying shares of the counterparty company. Trade resources and technology Merchants and technology traders organize interstellar trade, they will be happy to buy all the minerals and resources you extract from your territory, while selling expensive technology. The same is true for the cooperative colonies and alien tribes that live on certain planets.
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