Offworld Trading Company sets up shop on Steam Early Access in February

Civilization IV lead designer Soren Johnson makes his triumphant return with Offworld Trading Company, which is set to hit Steam Early Access on February 12.

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Now that Earth is completely bankrupt and laid to waste, it's time to take to the battlefield. Your weapon of choice? Money! Offworld Trading Company is looking to take RTS games in a slightly different direction, with publisher Stardock setting an Early Access date for Mohawk Games' debut effort. The game will be made available on February 12.

First unveiled in May, Offworld Trading Company marks a return for Civilization IV designer Soren Johnson. The idea is to colonize the big red planet of Mars and gather as many resources as possible. In order to compete against others, players must use the power of economics to gather resources, set market trends, and drive their competitors out of business before usurping their resources for themselves.

The Early Access build for Offworld Trading Company will feature head-to-head multiplayer, as well as a single-player campaign. The folks at Mohawk will be offering weekly looks into their progress via their Twitch channel every Thursday at 12PM PST. Offworld Trading Company will be available for $35.99 (10 percent off its normal price) during its stint on Steam Early Access and is available for pre-order directly through the game's website. For more, check out the Soren Johnson-narrated trailer below.

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    January 28, 2015 10:15 AM

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      January 28, 2015 10:19 AM

      Interesting idea, but I'm going to have to see a lot more to be convinced that I'll like it. It's just a strange concept, so I have nothing to base it against.

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      January 28, 2015 10:55 AM

      Definitely interested in this one.

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      January 28, 2015 11:32 AM

      I played a bunch of the beta and it's basically a competitive resource management board game in computer game form.

      The AI is pretty hard to beat but I can see this game being great VS multiplayer with people. Since one of the mechanics in the game is sabotaging your opposition and also the goal is bring able to buy out the stocks of your competition.

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      January 28, 2015 11:47 AM

      that looks really good, love games like that

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      January 28, 2015 12:18 PM

      This looks really promising! I'll have to keep my eye on it. Reminding me a little bit of Outpost. And damn would I like an Outpost 3.

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        January 28, 2015 5:26 PM

        I would kill for an Outpost 3 that lived up to the promise of Outpost 1.

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