Soviet Themed Tycoon Game Shows Up on Steam

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Metro: Exodus has been called one of the best AAA shooters in recent times by some, and as the developers noted in their "making of" videos, it has a distinctive Russian flair few games outside the Metro series can match. However, if you're in the mood for more, a small Slovakian developer called 3Division just launched a Steam page for a Soviet themed city builder. The company is best known for the "Air Conflict" series of games, but say that they've been working on the tycoon game since 2017, and developed a custom engine to power it. The game hits early access on March 15, and the developers say they're 12-24 months out from a full release. While it probably won't generate nearly as much trouble as some recently banned Steam titles, I suspect "Soviet Republic" will stir up some online controversy soon enough.

Check out the EA launch trailer here.

Workers & Resources: Soviet Republic is the ultimate real-time soviet-themed city builder tycoon game. Construct your own republic and transform a poor country into a rich industrial superpower! In a soviet republic with planned economy, everything is controlled by the government. Are you up to the task?
 

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Workers & Resources: Soviet Republic.......

The game where the only one winning is the one doing the planning. The sequel should be Workers & Resources: Siberian Gulags with the "Political Prison Camp" DLC
 

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Really dont see what the controversy will be in this one. I mean lets face it, the reality is that every sim city/tycoon game is basically this exact same planned economy/dictator mechanic! This one just actually acknowledges that in the title!
 

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Not sure why it would stir up any controversy?

Well, it has "Soviet" in the title. I hope I'm wrong, and I'm not saying it deserves any either.

It's definitely on my wishlist though. I have quite a few "building" games in by backlog, and not enough time/energy to play them, so I might get to this when it releases if I'm lucky.
 

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New gameplay mechanics for a city builder sounds quite interesting. I'll put together a five week plan to gather more intelligence.
 

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I'm interested, but not if EA is publishing. I can't view the video at work. Can someone confirm if they are or are not involved?
 

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I want to know do the vehicles in the game have dashcams ?

I am NOT going driving in Russia unless it is in a rental T72 tank a,d it have like 10 dashcams,,,,,, like my car.
 

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I'm interested, but not if EA is publishing. I can't view the video at work. Can someone confirm if they are or are not involved?

In this context, EA means early access, not Electronic Arts.

However, there is a running joke where people say EA's corporate initials stand for "Early Access," so I can understand the confusion...
 

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I'm interested, but not if EA is publishing. I can't view the video at work. Can someone confirm if they are or are not involved?

EA in this context meaning Steam's "Early Access" - not Electronic Arts the publisher. They seem to have no involvement as on Steam's page for the title the developer is self-publishing.

I hope this doesn't stir up controversy. I can't see any reason why it would any more than any other historical building/strategy game, save for overblown "SOVIET BAD" reactions. If anything I figure its pretty close to Tropico, which could be called "Castro's Cuba Simulator!". Note there are many other Soviet/USSR related titles on Steam all ready, but I am rather pleased to see this one focuses primarily on the economics - most city builders set in such a location are set up to built in some level of public terror/secret police element (ie if you don't have enough secret police, the counter-revolutionaries will throw you out of office. If you have too many, your workers will not be efficient etc). Neat that this one doesn't necessarily focus so much on that

Note there's another I have seen it played but is on my (miles long) wishlist - Crisis in The Kremlin! https://store.steampowered.com/search/?snr=1_5_9__12&term=USSR - As a detailed alternative history title, you get to change the path of the USSR through its history and it may even survive up until modern day! It uses a mix of real workings and historical figures of the USSR which is neat to see, but honestly it "starts" a little later than I'd like; things could be very different if Stalin never got into power, for instance. Though that would mean a game starting well before Perestroika; maybe an expansion pack?

In any event maybe it will be a unique building/city/tycoon title, the way that Paradox Grand Strategy games (like Crusader Kings!) and Tropico series can take lesser-known settings and let the players experience different possibilities.
 

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EA in this context meaning Steam's "Early Access" - not Electronic Arts the publisher. They seem to have no involvement as on Steam's page for the title the developer is self-publishing.

I hope this doesn't stir up controversy. I can't see any reason why it would any more than any other historical building/strategy game, save for overblown "SOVIET BAD" reactions. If anything I figure its pretty close to Tropico, which could be called "Castro's Cuba Simulator!". Note there are many other Soviet/USSR related titles on Steam all ready, but I am rather pleased to see this one focuses primarily on the economics - most city builders set in such a location are set up to built in some level of public terror/secret police element (ie if you don't have enough secret police, the counter-revolutionaries will throw you out of office. If you have too many, your workers will not be efficient etc). Neat that this one doesn't necessarily focus so much on that

Note there's another I have seen it played but is on my (miles long) wishlist - Crisis in The Kremlin! - As a detailed alternative history title, you get to change the path of the USSR through its history and it may even survive up until modern day! It uses a mix of real workings and historical figures of the USSR which is neat to see, but honestly it "starts" a little later than I'd like; things could be very different if Stalin never got into power, for instance. Though that would mean a game starting well before Perestroika; maybe an expansion pack?

In any event maybe it will be a unique building/city/tycoon title, the way that Paradox Grand Strategy games (like Crusader Kings!) and Tropico series can take lesser-known settings and let the players experience different possibilities.

The thing that worried me about this title in particular is that it appears to be a more "serious" simulator, where Tropico is clearly a parody of Cuba. But as others pointed out, I'm probably worried over nothing.

Speaking of Paradox, Hearts of Iron IV is a decent USSR alternate history simulator as well. It also starts pretty late, but is quite fleshed out thanks to Paradox's updates and DLC.
 

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A serious communism simulator? If it's actually done well this isn't worthy of anything but praise. If it was done to simply push political buttons... well I guess it would be good for a joke?

Whatever happened to the American "stuff a feather in your cap and call it macaroni" mentality? Americans used to take things targeted to make fun of them... and convert them to fun for Americans.
Now it seems people just attack ANYTHING that remotely falls outside their specific view of normal. Whoever says humans are "logical" does not understand humans.
 

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In this context, EA means early access, not Electronic Arts.

However, there is a running joke where people say EA's corporate initials stand for "Early Access," so I can understand the confusion...

EA in this context meaning Steam's "Early Access" - not Electronic Arts the publisher. They seem to have no involvement as on Steam's page for the title the developer is self-publishing.

I hope this doesn't stir up controversy. I can't see any reason why it would any more than any other historical building/strategy game, save for overblown "SOVIET BAD" reactions. If anything I figure its pretty close to Tropico, which could be called "Castro's Cuba Simulator!". Note there are many other Soviet/USSR related titles on Steam all ready, but I am rather pleased to see this one focuses primarily on the economics - most city builders set in such a location are set up to built in some level of public terror/secret police element (ie if you don't have enough secret police, the counter-revolutionaries will throw you out of office. If you have too many, your workers will not be efficient etc). Neat that this one doesn't necessarily focus so much on that

Note there's another I have seen it played but is on my (miles long) wishlist - Crisis in The Kremlin! https://store.steampowered.com/search/?snr=1_5_9__12&term=USSR - As a detailed alternative history title, you get to change the path of the USSR through its history and it may even survive up until modern day! It uses a mix of real workings and historical figures of the USSR which is neat to see, but honestly it "starts" a little later than I'd like; things could be very different if Stalin never got into power, for instance. Though that would mean a game starting well before Perestroika; maybe an expansion pack?

In any event maybe it will be a unique building/city/tycoon title, the way that Paradox Grand Strategy games (like Crusader Kings!) and Tropico series can take lesser-known settings and let the players experience different possibilities.

Perfect this will go on my list then. I love games like this.
 

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I know, for a fact, I played a spoof game.. top down.. called "Sim Communist".. bad graphics.. but I could certainly harvest some wheat. Sadly I cannot find any trace of it.
 
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In Soviet Russia, city plans you.

I'm looking forward to Soviet-style make-work game mechanics. They used to do stupid things like have circular production, ferinstance a steel plant melts metal scrap into ingots, this gets sent to a finishing plant that produces bar and sheet, that gets sent to a recycling plant where it gets turned into scrap; rinse and repeat.

Lets make Russia great again!
 

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Actually, are wrong, comrade.
Haha. I meant that no one was happy in Soviet Russia except the people at the top. Just look at those apartment buildings alone. Yeah, totally, Ivan is happy waking up every day to all of his neighbors around him, getting on a mass transport bus, and coming back to his paper thin walls after waiting in line all afternoon trying to get his free loaf of bread which they ran out of. Soviet Bliss.
 
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