City of Gangster’s Trailer

by matt v, August 29th, 2020

The trailer for City of Gangsters premiered during IGN’s Awesome Indies Showcase at Gamescom. Check it out here!

Announcing City of Gangsters

by matt v, August 27th, 2020

Get ready for City of Gangsters!

We’ve hinted and teased a bit about the new game that we’ve been working on. But today we’re really excited to just come out and say it – we’ve been working on City of Gangsters.

It’s a mafia management tycoon game set during Prohibition in Chicago and other US cities.

It’s currently in late alpha and we expect to release it for PCs in 2021. To add it to your Steam wishlist, head over to the City of Gangsters store page.

So, what can I do in the City of Gangsters?

  • Start a crime syndicate from nothing, and grow it into a well-oiled money machine.
  • Build speakeasies and illegal distilleries.
  • Manage production chains and resource distribution.
  • Smuggle goods from out of town and bribe the police to look the other way.
  • Grow a powerful crew and keep your rivals under your thumb.
  • Eliminate competition and rule the city.
  • But most importantly, keep the money flowing.

Prohibition Dawns

The year is 1920, the start of Prohibition in the USA. With congressional action, a huge segment of the national economy becomes illegal overnight: bars and saloons are ordered to close, distilleries and breweries go quiet, distributors shut down. But a new era is dawning: a gilded age for smugglers, black markets, illegal manufacture, and organized crime.

This is where you come in.  You’re a new arrival in the city at the dawn of Prohibition, with ambitions of striking it big. Behind many of the city’s facades, people are building makeshift distilleries, secret loading docks, nighttime speakeasies. Work your way into this network, and the world will be yours.

But think beyond making a quick buck or two. You gotta be thinking ahead. You gotta be thinking bigger. Much bigger.

Well-organized crime

Get started in the booze biz by hocking some homemade hooch. Start your own stills, and find raw materials to supply them. Learn new techniques to make expensive drinks, or smuggle imported booze to fuel your growing operation. Soon you’ll be supplying entire neighborhoods, and opening your own swinging speakeasies.

You gotta know a guy

On the black market, social currency matters as much as the greenback. With cops and feds sniffing around, trust is everything and personal introductions are worth their weight in gold. So work your connections to find profitable new friends, and get people who owe you favors to put in a good word.

You can’t do it alone

You will need plenty of hands to open new fronts, do delivery runs, and protect your product from envious rivals. Your outfit’s ambitions are only limited by the number of people working for you. Keep them paid, armed, and organized, and who knows how far and how fast you’ll rise.

Getting territorial

As your outfit grows, convince locals that your goods and theirs will be looked after. Territory under your control will provide a safety net, an income base, and a wealth of opportunities for further growth and expansion.

This era belongs to you

You’ve grabbed the opportunity by the horns, and the city is yours for the taking. But you only have a few years to make your mark on history, to build the largest, most profitable crime syndicate, take over your competition, and rule the entire city.

Because after 1933, it will be all over, alcohol will be legal again. And doing business fair and square, well, everybody knows that’s not where the real money is.

City of Gangsters is coming to your PC in 2021.

For updates, make sure that you’re signed up to our newsletter and that you follow SomaSim and Kasedo Games on Twitter. You can also join the conversation on the City of Gangsters on our Discord server.

Project Highrise: Architect’s Edition Now Available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch

by matt v, November 13th, 2018

Get ready to take control(lers) of your skyscraper empire on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch – Project Highrise: Architect’s Edition is now available on all three consoles.

The Architect’s Edition contains all of the extra content from the PC game. Your console towers start out right away with Las Vegas hotels, Miami malls, Tokyo apartments, London financial offices and Berlin HQ suites. The Architect’s Edition also features a redesigned scenario campaign including all 29 scenarios in a new progressive sequence.

Project Highrse: Architect’s Edition is now available in Europe and the Americas. Our friends in East Asia will have to wait a bit – we’ll have it available for you soon!

Here’s where you can get the digital version now:

PlayStation 4
Xbox One
Nintendo Switch

You can also get Project Highrise: Architect’s Edition in a shiny plastic box! It’s available at all of the places where you usually buy your console games.

If you have bought a boxed copy of the game, tweet a photo to us @somasim_games or email us a photo and we’ll share it with our friends on twitter!

Pre-order Project Highrise: Architect’s Edition on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch!

by matt v, October 2nd, 2018

Break out the big scissors. It’s time to cut the ribbon for Project Highrise: Architect’s Edition on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch!

Pre-order now to get the Modern Design pack with these chic chairs and other exclusive decos!

Construction on all three consoles commences October 26 in Europe and November 13 in North America. Project Highrise: Architect’s Edition will include all previously released expansion and content packs, including Las Vegas, Miami Malls, Tokyo Towers, London Life along with the recently released Brilliant Berlin content pack.

If you’re in Europe, you can pre-order on all three platforms right now and get the Modern Design deco pack featuring some chic seating, decorations and marble wallpaper.

PlayStation 4
Xbox One
Nintendo Switch

For our players in North America awaiting November 13, you can pre-order now on Switch and Xbox One with those links and on PlayStation 4 soon.

Brilliant Berlin now available with Japanese and Traditional Chinese translations

by matt v, July 19th, 2018

Willkommen in Berlin!

The latest content pack for Project Highrise – Brilliant Berlin – is now available! You’ll be challenged to adapt and keep up with the diverse needs of this thriving global city. To succeed in Berlin, you will need to build towers brimming with art, amenities, and elegance to lure in discerning tenants.

Some features of Brilliant Berlin:

  • New offices and apartments you’ll create office space to accommodate a wide spectrum of Berlin’s diverse and expanding economy and apartments specially designed for families and children.
  • New consultant offices that expand the impact of your influence and consultants with new art museums, political offices, union halls and tourist centers.
  • New restaurants and lobbies New German restaurants coupled with sleek art-deco lobbies and artworks will firmly establish your building’s Berlin bona fides.
  • In addition, we’ve added new rooftop decorations that are available to everyone!
  • … and lots more new features to bolster your newly Brilliant Berlin skyscrapers.


こんにちは!/ 你好!
We’ve added full Japanese and Traditional Chinese language support for the desktop version of Project Highrise. We can’t wait to see what our new  players will create as they build skyward!

Full release notes for version 1.6.0 including the new content pack can be viewed here:

Project Highrise is coming to PlayStation, XBox and Switch

by matt v, June 25th, 2018

We’ve been working with our friends at Kalypso Media to bring the game to console players. We’re thrilled that we can finally announce that Project Highrise Architect’s Edition will release this fall 2018 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch!

The Architect’s Edition will contain all the content from the original Project Highrise. In addition, the Architect’s Edition packs in everything since launch including the Las Vegas expansion as well as the content packs Miami Malls, Tokyo Towers, London Life and the brand new Brilliant Berlin. (We’ll have more to say about Berlin shortly. Stay tuned.)

Our friends Kalypso Media made an awesome new trailer to celebrate the console edition. Make sure you watch to the end.

We’ll have an exact release date for Project Highrise Architect’s Edition on consoles later this summer.

Until then, here are a few screenshots from the console version of the game.

Project Highrise – Tablet Edition

by matt v, April 10th, 2018

We’re putting skyscraper construction at your fingertips – Project Highrise is now available for iPad and Android tablets!

We’ve spent a lot of time rethinking the game for a touch-enabled, tablet experience rather than the (very heavily) mouse-based PC interface that we originally developed for the game. Though this version shares the artwork and core gameplay of the PC game, it is in many ways a brand-new game featuring an all-new campaign with scenarios that were created especially for tablets.

The tablet game is designed to be a faster game with shorter, more intense play sessions, but we have left the core simulation just as it was in the original PC release. We’re really pleased with the results and hope you will be, too!

The base game is available for $3.99/£3,99/€4,49. With offices and apartments available, you’ll be able to play a open sandbox game or engage in any of the eight challenging scenarios included. It’s hours of challenging skyscraper simulation that you can bring along anywhere that your iPad or Android tablet can go.

Then, once you master the initial scenarios and sandbox, new expansion packs will allow you to expand your skyscraper empire with elite office buildings, posh apartment towers or swanky hotel highrises. Each of these expansions will add extra scenarios along with new tenants, tools and building options to your construction palette.

Happy (mobile) construction!

London Life Content Pack

by matt v, February 28th, 2018

Welcome to England – the new London Life content pack launched on February 28!

You are arriving in London, the focus of the world’s high finance and reigning monarch of modern mass communication. Skyscrapers are springing up everywhere as the world clamors for office space here among the history and pageantry of England’s capital. In London Life, you will be challenged to create gleaming office towers for titans of trade, elite global stock exchanges and moguls of media. Your towers will be crowned with soaring antennae and space-facing satellite dishes to access the global information network.

Visit the Steam store page for more info about the new features available in the London Life content pack!

Tech notes: unity game modding via C# scripts

by robert, December 27th, 2017

In this post we’ll be talking about some experiments we’ve been working with, to add mod scripting support for our future games. This is still in experimental stages, and we’re concentrating specifically on Unity, but we’re curious to see how it pans out. We’re also curious to hear if this kind of approach has been useful for others.

Fair warning: lots of geeky C# coding talk ahead. 🙂


A Festive Update – Chinese, Polish and holiday decos!

by matt v, December 20th, 2017

Happy Holidays!

We’ve got a few exciting presents all wrapped up into this one festive announcement!

Let’s start with new holiday decorations!
If you’ve been wanting to make your skyscraper lobbies and entryways more festive with hanging decos, giant two-story Christmas trees and outdoor trees with blinking lights, then you’re in luck today! We’ve added six new holiday decos – check them out in the Seasonal section in decorations.

The game is now fully localized into Simplified Chinese! Thank you for your patience as we worked out some technical issues that had prevented us from sharing the game with Chinese-speaking players. But it’s now done and ready for tower construction!

We’ve also been working on a Polish translation of the game. It’s now done and available for skyscraper building.

We’re going to have even more news about Project Highrise to share in 2018, so stay tuned here and if you’re not on our mailing list, you can subscribe here to get our latest news right away.

And from everyone at SomaSim and Kasedo Games, we wish you – the best sim players out there – a very happy holiday season and a wonderful new year!

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