Canadian indie studio Polymorph Games announced that city-builder and economic simulator Foundation will arrive on Steam Early Access on Feb. 1. Watch the new Early Access trailer above.
Foundation is described as a “gridless medieval city builder with a focus on organic development, monument construction, and resource management.” As the newly appointed lord, your job is to build a functioning settlement from the ground up. The unique in-house engine allows for thousands of moving parts within the city. Players must manage their settlers and villagers’ needs and skills while carefully allocating resources and designing infrastructure.
Foundation supports modding, including designing your own custom monuments. It also features a soundtrack by artists whose resumes include Crusader Kings 2 and Europa Universalis 4.
The developers cite several prominent city builders as inspiration, including SimCity, Settlers, and the Anno series, as well as the Crusader Kings grand strategy games.
Foundation has been in a playable alpha state since Summer 2018, for those who pre-order. Polymorph ran a successful Kickstarter campaign early last year that reached over 3,000 backers for over $120,000.
If you’ve already been playing the alpha, you should receive an email with a Steam key for the Early Access version. The Early Access version includes a graphical update, residential density, and a new playable map.
Foundation arrives on Steam on Feb. 1. An official release date has not yet been announced.