Jupiter's volcanic moon, Io, sets the scene for the expansion with a new resource system, new factions, new challenges, and more
Plymouth, MI. April 18, 2017 - Today, Stardock and Mohawk Games released Jupiter's Forge, the first expansion for Offworld Trading Company. The all-new expansion will take players to the volcanic moon of Io, which comes with its own threats and opportunities.
"The further out into space we go, the harder survival becomes," said Soren Johnson, lead designer for Offworld Trading Company. "Unlike Mars, Io's resources are finite and will deplete over time, which makes the competition even more cutthroat. Players will have to adapt to an entirely different resource hierarchy than they've become used to on Mars or Ceres if they want their businesses to survive here."
Some of the highlights of Jupiter's Forge include:
New planet: Io
New resource system
New faction: the Penrose Collective, with unprecedented ability to adapt to the changing market
New faction: the Diadem Trust, with access to new technology
New buildings and structures
New patents and black market events
New map events: radiation storms, sulfur frosts, landslides, and tremors
Infinite Map Challenge
The new factions in Jupiter's Forge bring some additional diversity to the game with unique sets of new abilities. The Diadem Trust is capable of building improved versions of advanced structures like the Hacker Array, Pleasure Dome, and more, which allows them to gain an edge over the competition. The Penrose Collective is able to return claims at any time and also builds two headquarters at the start of the game, allowing them to spread out their operations.
For players who enjoy competition, the new Infinite Map Challenge offers a chance to earn a spot on the leaderboards with other community members. "With each map you beat, the next one gets harder," said Johnson. "Each map has its own individual leaderboards, but we also have overall scores - the idea is to get as far as you can while overcoming the increasing difficulty."
Io also features a new campaign with a host of new challenges to overcome on the barely habitable moon. New resources, buildings, patents, and black market effects add additional depth to the expansion. For more detailed information on the new content in Jupiter's Forge, see the trailer and visit the official forums.
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About Stardock: Stardock is a developer and publisher of PC games and desktop software founded in 1991 by nationally recognized technology expert Brad Wardell. Located in Plymouth, Michigan, Stardock is a powerful leader in the video gaming and software development world. Its PC games include Sins of a Solar Empire, the critically acclaimed Galactic Civilizations series, and Ashes of the Singularity. Stardock puts the user experience first through software that enriches the Windows experience for everyone from casual computer users to highly technical professionals. Products offered by Stardock include Start8, Start10, Fences, WindowBlinds, Multiplicity, and more.
About Mohawk Games: Founded by acclaimed game designer Soren Johnson in 2013, Mohawk Games is built on the principles of iterative design, deep gameplay, and community involvement. Mohawk's first title, Offworld Trading Company, uses the Unity engine and is being published by Stardock.