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    Railway Empire FAQ

    Tycoon Simulation
    EU and Steam: 26th January 2018
    US: 30th January 2018
    PC, Linux, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

    [h1]What is Railway Empire?[/h1]
    In Railway Empire, the player is placed into the role of a Railway Tycoon, with the goal of creating an intricate and far-reaching rail network across the East and West Coasts of North America, efficiently (and profitably) connecting cities, industries, businesses, farms and mines. Players will choose from 40 historical and authentic locomotives, hire staff from a varied selection of personnel, and organize their burgeoning business(es) as they establish a wide-ranging rail network and aim to become the most successful railway tycoon in the entire continent. A tech tree spanning five different eras will offer a huge variety of research possibilities, with more than 300 inventions to be unlocked, ranging from upgrades to seating comfort to refrigerator cars, and on-board facilities.

    But be warned, the road to success is fraught with danger, and in Railway Empire you will have to face up to three opposing tycoons, all of whom will fight with fire, steam and steel for ultimate control of the railways! To survive in this cutthroat industry you’ll need to strike back with industrial espionage, hostile takeovers, and even attacks on rival trains!

    Railway Empire is a new breed of tycoon simulation game, spanning 100 years of American industrialisation and tasking you with building, managing and expanding your company utilising all the innovations of the steam engine revolution on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

    [h1]What are Railway Empire’s main features?[/h1]
    • 4 different game modes
      -> Campaign: Five chapters (including tutorial), each offering 10 challenges per chapter.
      -> 11 scenarios with around 10 challenges per scenario.
      -> Free Mode with three customizable starting conditions (era, region, number of opponents, starting budget, etc) and 10 challenges.
      -> Sandbox mode for fun games without the challenge of finances, time constraints or pressure from opponents.
    • Depending on game mode with up to three AI opponents and adjustable difficulty
    • Two game difficulties:
      -> Easy - trains can travel through one another
      -> Realistic - players must take care of signals and switches themselves.
    • Players can hire personnel to optimize and increase effectiveness of their trains and businesses. 17 different jobs can be filled, ranging from engineman to bandit.
    • Sabotage your rivals and spy on their companies.
    • Modding support for PC, enabling players to change game stats for locomotives, technologies, economic systems, etc. Terrain and maps cannot be modified.
    • High graphic quality and very detailed topography thanks to Gaming Minds’ own engine.
    • The first of its genre on current-gen consoles.
    • ‘Ride Along’ feature - ride your train in first person.
    • Choose between six distinct characters, each with their own bonuses.
    • All games can be played indefinitely, once all challenges have been completed.

    • 300 technologies to unlock over two tech trees.
    • 40 historically-accurate locomotives and 30 wagons.
    • Build, manage and expand your own railroad company. Hire personnel, try your luck on the stock market, sabotage your rivals and spy on their companies on your way to building your railway empire.
    • Set in the 1830 – 1930s North American Frontier era, with over 100 cities to play through.
    • Five eras, each spanning 20 years.
    • First to market on current-gen consoles.

    [h1]What platforms will Railway Empire release on?[/h1]
    • PC (Steamworks, Linux), PS4, Xbox One.
    • First railroad tycoon style game on current-generation consoles.

    [h1]Will there also be a physical version?[/h1]
    Yes. Railway Empire will also be sold at retail stores in all major markets on all supported platforms.

    [h1]When will Railway Empire release?[/h1]
    26th January 2018 in Europe and on Steam.
    30th January 2018 in the US.

    [h1]Who is developing Railway Empire?[/h1]
    Railway Empire is being developed by Gaming Minds, located in Gütersloh, Germany. They are known for games like Patrician, the Port Royale series, and many other titles.

    [h1]What languages will be available in Railway Empire?[/h1]
    The game will support English, German, French, Russian and simplified Chinese.

    [h1]Will Railway Empire will feature a multiplayer mode?[/h1]
    No, there are currently no plans for multiplayer support.

    [h1]What engine does Railway Empire use?[/h1]
    Railway Empire uses Gaming Minds’ own engine.

    [h1]Will it be possible to play the whole American continent right from the start, or when unlocking all states?[/h1]
    The campaign spans the entirety of the USA, separated into large and detailed sections (e.g. East Coast, Southern States, etc). It will not be possible to play on one map that encompasses the complete landmass of the USA, though.

    [h1]Will Railway Empire include customization of locomotives and wagons?[/h1]
    No, this is not planned.

    [h1]Will players be able to customize the city/railway stations?[/h1]
    Depending on the size of the city and the influence of the player in that city, they will be able to build factories or other producing facilities there. With a lot of money and influence, they will also be able to build special buildings like universities and landmarks. Railway stations may be upgraded to accommodate more trains and tracks. Further customization options (colours, etc) for buildings are not planned.

    [h1]Will Railway Empire feature modding support?[/h1]
    Yes. Railway Empire will have modding support from day one through Steam Workshop.
    Those will be around gamedata and Scenarios, like stats for locomotives, researches and the economy system.

    [h1]How big will the tech tree be, and how will it look/play?[/h1]
    There are actually two separate tech trees in Railway Empire; one for trains, and one for business and buildings. All in all, there are more than 300 technologies to discover. The business and buildings tech tree lets the player unlock technologies that will benefit their economic performance, such as advertisements, and foundations for different types of buildings. The train tech tree unlocks new locomotives bit by bit, but the player will have to research specific technological advancements that were actually required for the real-life invention of each particular locomotive. This way, locomotives should be invented at a fairly historically-accurate time in-game. That said, a player may concentrate on certain sections of the tech tree depending on the scenario and their play style. You can, for example, ignore mail transport and only research locomotives and other technologies beneficial for the transportation of resources.

    [h1]Will the player be able to create and customize their own personnel?[/h1]
    This is not planned at the moment.
    However, players will receive many applicants for many different jobs, each one with different bonuses and skills. Depending on the skills, personnel can multiply bonuses, or even decrease bonuses for one another. This creates the possibility of delays on the train, if the staff don’t work well together!

    [h1]Even though the game is historically authentic, can the player rename cities?[/h1]
    No. This is not planned at the moment.