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Clockwork Empires Early Access launch delayed to summer

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Gaslamp Games' upcoming city-building game, Clockwork Empires, has been delayed from its original Early Access launch, which will now be available this summer, CEO Daniel Jacobsen announced via the developer's website.

Gaslamp is best known for roguelike game Dungeons of Dredmor, released in 2011. In its latest title, Clockwork Empires, players act as a junior bureaucrat seeking fame and natural resources "to feed the ever-hungry maw of industry and commerce." Players can build up their colonies alone or engage in four-person multiplayer to get competitive or cooperatively create. According to Jacobsen, the delay from the alpha's initial launch is a short one.

"Almost everyone who has played the current version of Clockwork Empires can see the promise of what we want the game to be when it's done," Jacobsen wrote. "The message that we keep hearing is 'don't force this game out the door until it's ready, because it will be really special when it is,' and we want it to be there when you play it. In the spirit of transparency, starting Early Access this spring would not allow us to give you that — close, but not quite hitting the mark yet."

The developer will continue to pull pre-alpha testers, fix compatibility issues and add more to the game.

Clockwork Empires will be available for Linux, Mac and Windows PC. You can view its teaser trailer below.