Stardock and Mohawk Games were happy to unleash Offworld Trading Company, the new economic strategy game from Soren Johnson, lead designer on Civilization IV.
In Offworld Trading Company, money is both your deadliest weapon and toughest defense. The game is set in the future, as humanity has begun to colonize on Mars in order to attempt to seek new fortunes. You will take on the role of an investor trying to take control of the Martian market and take over their competition.
It features a campaign, skirmishes, and various daily challenges, allowing players to enjoy a game at their leisure. It also features a multiplayer mode supporting up to 8 people, as well as ranked ladder games for players to compete in and determine who the greatest businessman truly is.
Lead designer and president of Mohawk Games, Soren Johnson, stated, “This game has been an idea I’ve had for a long time. I knew I wanted to create a unique real time strategy game, and when I started looking at all the possibilities, Mars just made sense for our setting.”
The game’s foundation lies within the real-time, player-driven market, which allows players to buy and sell resources and materials, including the food and water that colonists need to survive. Players need to build up enough capital to gain access to lucrative offworld markets so they can buy out their rivals. Those wishing to can also access the black market and employ more underhanded methods for victory, including hiring pirate raiders or hackers to disrupt production, or even send a covert electromagnetic pulse into an opponent’s base.
Johnson stated, “There are four major corporations in the game, and all of them have their own advantages and disadvantages. When you add this to other variables within the game – like a constantly fluctuating stock market – you’re looking at a new gameplay experience every time you play.”
Do you have what it takes to become the best on Mars?