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.


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.


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!


Tokyo Towers Content Pack

by matt v, September 8th, 2017

The new Tokyo Towers content pack released on Steam and GOG on September 8!

With 10 new apartments, you’ll have many new choices as you seek to master the complicated, crowded (and expensive) world of Tokyo’s vibrant residential market. Ranging from smartly designed micro apartments to palatial penthouses, you’ll be able to design a quintessentially Tokyo residential block complete with matching exteriors and cityscapes inspired by Japan’s unique urban landscape.

Visit the Steam store page for more information about what else is available in the Tokyo Towers content pack!


Welcome to Las Vegas – Expansion Pack is Released!

by matt v, April 13th, 2017

Project Highrise: Las Vegas is now available!

You need to push your management skills to the limit as you try and build the city’s next big resort. Transform the once desolate desert of Las Vegas into a swanky hotel, vast casinos and millions of tourists dreaming of making it big.

Here’s a quick recap of some of the main features of the Las Vegas expansion pack:

  • Casinos – Entice people to come and part with their hard-earned money in style, with all new casinos.
  • Hotels – Why do your visitors need to leave at all? Keep the business travellers and high-rollers rolling through, with rooms of all sizes that fit every need – but be sure to keep them happy as your ratings depend on it!
  • Events & Shows – Bring in the best show in town, and attract crowds of happy visitors… and their wallets. Have them come in for the show, but stay for the food and the games.
  • VIPs – Invite rock stars, comedians, or business gurus to come and perform at your venue – but just don’t expect them to come for free! The bigger the celebrity, the bigger the demands.
  • Evolved Gameplay – Experience how the new location challenges your building skills, from new type of Air Conditioning utility, to special service elevators, NPCs, random events and more.

In addition to the new content available for the Las Vegas quite a bit of new content has been added to the base game. Here are some highlights:

  • Mover’s office – Move things around your tower once you’ve built a mover’s office to coordinate and manage the process.
  • New tenants – New retail and restaurant tenants are now available.
  • New contracts – Take on new contracts from the city to earn extra resources to help build even more prestigious towers!

If you’re looking for a complete rundown of additions and changes for version 1.5, we’ve got complete release notes here.


Project Higrise: Las Vegas – Coming April 13

by matt v, March 30th, 2017

The Project Highrise: Las Vegas expansion pack
will be released on April 13!

Get ready to try your luck as a resort hotel mogul with brand new Las Vegas-themed scenarios, characters and game mechanics! Check out last month’s post for an overview of what to expect in the expansion.

Until April 13, you can make a reservation for Las Vegas by adding the expansion pack to your Steam wishlist.

In the meantime, here are a few new screenshots to whet your appetite. Clicking will open large versions of each.


Making an entrance

by matt v, January 26th, 2017

Since we launched Project Highrise back in September, we’ve watched many of our dedicated players build some truly monumental, epic skyscrapers – monster buildings that exceeded even our own experiences and expectations.

By massive, we mean things like this one. It keeps going and is more than twice as tall as the screenshot suggests, the game just doesn’t zoom out any further.


If this is your building, let us know – we’d love to give you credit!

But one of the things lacking for many (ourselves included) was a way to make a suitably monumental, epic lobby and entrance for your skyscraper. If you wanted to add what real estate agents call “curb appeal” to your skyscraper, your options were limited to single floor wallpapers along with lovely statues and fountains inside and out.

But no more! After some lobbying (you knew that would happen, right?) on the Steam forums and because we thought it would look fantastic, we’ve launched two and three floor tall lobbies.

Above (clicking for full size is recommended) we’ve got the glass and steel variant that lets in lots of natural light. Other than the imposing hanging sculpture near the front door, you’ll also notice that elevators change appearance when they’re entirely flanked by these new, tall lobbies. Very fancy light fixtures are optional, but recommended.

Now here’s a three floor tall lobby. Instead of glass and steel, we’ve opted here for some sophisticated tile work to compliment the geometric hanging decorations that float above our lobby. We’ve got some utility closets here that will also change in appearance when surrounded by lobbies for a better aesthetic fit. And as requested by many on the Steam discussion board, you can have lights on the ceiling and decorations on the floor with the new lobbies.

We’ve really enjoyed creating all of these updates over the past few months. It’s also been great fun getting to know some of you on the Steam discussion boards and finding out what you like about the game, wish we would change or hope we would add. Since release, we’ve added quite a bit to Project Highrise and our friends at Kasedo Games made a short video, a sort of then and now retrospective covering the four months since launch.

And yes, there is more coming. Happy building!

 


Project Highrise is Now Availalbe

by matt v, November 10th, 2016

Break out the hardhats and consult the blueprints because Project Highrise is now available!

You can start building skyward today. Here’s where you can get the game:

It’s also available on the Humble Store and on GOG.com.


Project Highrise Steam Page Announcement

by matt v, June 2nd, 2016

We’ve got some exciting news to share that we figured warranted a break from our regular posting schedule. So, without further ado…

Project Highrise is now in preview on Steam. You can’t buy it (yet), but you can add it to your wishlist and follow it for more updates as we move toward our launch later this summer.

If you clicked through to the Steam page, you might have also noticed that our friends at Kasedo Games have made a teaser trailer video for Project Highrise.


Project Highrise – February 2016 Architect’s Notes

by matt v, February 23rd, 2016

The desire to reach for the sky runs very deep in our human psyche.
César Pelli

This month, we’re taking a quick break from our usual posts to announce some exciting news about Project Highrise.

Exciting News #1
We’re proud to announce that we’re teaming up with Kasedo Games, a division of Kalypso Media, to release Project Highrise. If you’re not familiar, Kalypso is the company that brought us the lovely and wonderful Tropico series of games. While this doesn’t mean that El Presidente will have an office in your tower, it does mean that we’ll have a lot of help from them as we work toward releasing Project Highrise this summer.

You can learn more more about Kasedo and the other games they’ve released or are in the pipeline by visiting their website at www.kasedogames.com. They’re on twitter at @KasedoGames. You can also see the press release about our partnership here.

Exciting News #2
We’re going to be at GDC in San Francisco next month to demo the game. If you’re in the media business and would like to spend some time with us and see the game in vivo, contact Lindsay Schneider at Kalypso for an appointment. And to all of our Bay Area friends, we’ll see you in a few weeks!

Exciting News #3
Project Highrise has got a logo! Eddie Einikis, the artist that created all of the offices and other tenants in the game also created this amazing logo for the game. Pretty neat, right?

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We’ll return to posts about the ongoing development of the game next month when we’ll delve into the beginnings of the game’s campaign mode.  


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