If ever there was impetus for would-be armchair politicians to jump into heady strategies, it would be the election of one Donny John T. Anyone, it seems, can have a crack in the modern era. Along comes Realpolitiks, a modern day grand simulation of boat-rocking and saber-rattling, to provide a slightly safer environment to test out your acumen as a global leader.
Tremendous potential, folks. Tremendous potential. Believe me.
Hitting in February for PC, Mac and Linux, Realpolitiks aims to be a catch-all geopolitical sim. We’ve had them in the past, what with the quarter-baked SuperPower series and Battlegoat’s Supreme Ruler rough diamonds, though Realpolitiks’ interface and map designs look far more accomplished than its stablemates. The developers claim to offer a real ‘ripped from the headlines’ strategy experience, as current and speculative mires like Islamic State and the disintegration of the European Union are modeled for all to wade through.
Realpolitiks is a streamlined real-time grand strategy game that allows you to become the ruler of any contemporary nation. Dive deep into the issues of the modern world, with its current geopolitical borders, using your country’s power and economic strength to engage in military conflicts and international affairs. Choose your own method of coping with other nations’ interests, unexpected events, global threats and various crises.
Based on three main political systems (democracy, authoritarianism, totalitarianism), Realpolitiks allows you to extend the influence of your country through various means, all in order to win the race for global domination. Use your diplomatic skills, economic advantages, military power and the full freedom of moral and ethical decision-making to become a world superpower and ensure the well-being of your citizens.
Grow and develop your nation to the highest possible levels of economic power, technological competitiveness and military supremacy in globally-ranked charts. The choice is yours as to whether you become a valued member of the United Nations, or a nuclear tyrant, bullying all those around you. Expand your territory any way you like with the whole-world sandbox gameplay of Realpolitiks, even creating colonies out at sea. And if that’s not enough, try spreading the seed of our civilization to outer space…
Yes, even space. Get liberal with that science funding slider. Other elements remain to be seen, such as how deep domestic governance goes, or the flexibility of the diplomatic system.
Hopefully Polish developer Jujubee Games can walk the walk, because a dynamic modern and near-future grand strategy sounds just what the doctor ordered. Bigly.