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Urban Empire is a strategy game that lets you rule cities, not just build them

Keep a city running for 200 years

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Urban Empire, a new project announced today by Tropico publisher Kalypso Media, is a strategy game about building a city and running it — over the course of two centuries.

The game is in development for PC at Fragment Production, the Finland-based studio behind the Rescue: Everyday Heroes series of real-time strategy titles.

Urban Empire combines city building elements with political management features, and it plays out over a span of 200 years. The game puts you in the shoes of a mayoral dynasty, a family that rules a city from the start of the Industrial Age (generally considered to have begun in the second half of the 18th century) to the present day. Here's some of what you'll be doing, according to a press release from Kalypso:

Establish infrastructures, plan city districts, debate political decisions at the town council, bribe or blackmail your opponents, empower the democratic rights of your people or ignore them and reign supremely by yourself — the decision is yours!

You'll have to plan out your city and grow it over the years as you try to stay in power through political, societal and technological upheaval. Urban Empire offers four different ruling families to choose from; each one has its own characteristics, like pursuing scientific knowledge or equal rights, and each family has five characters.

Urban Empire is scheduled to be released this fall. For more details, check out the teaser trailer above and the six screenshots below.

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