Developer The Wandering Band has unveiled Airborne Kingdom, a somewhat superb trying metropolis builder of kinds that, in one thing of a break from the norm, places you in command of an ever-expanding floating metropolis.
To some extent, it seems like some other metropolis builder; you begin small (on this case, not far more than a single bobbing propeller), then construct homes and facilities in a bid to draw civilians and use the obtainable assets to broaden outward and upward – till you are an city sprawl to be reckoned with. Simply, you understand, a flying one.
“Will you create a balloon flotilla linked by ropes and primarily based on religion, or a winged metropolis targeted on leisure,” asks The Wandering Band, “or will steam-powered followers fly your kingdom as you seek for solutions within the stars?”
Airborne Kingdom’s most vital departure from conventional metropolis administration video games is that, profiting from your dwelling’s manoeuvrability, you are capable of freely roam the world. This, it transpires, is a sprawling, randomly generated desert with its personal lore and exploitable applied sciences, all rendered in a fantastically intricate artwork fashion that brings to thoughts the hanging opening credit of Recreation of Thrones.
Different influences (based on a Polygon interview with The Wandering Band) embrace Frostpunk, Anno, Sunless Skies, FTL, and 80 Days. And if Airborne Kingdom comes even near capturing the magic of any of these video games, we’ll positively be in for a deal with.
As you discover the desert world, you may encounter tribes – and members may be tempted to affix the ranks of your flying homestead for those who’re capable of fulfill their desires and wishes. The Wandering Band says that it is also doable to barter with tribes, combining their information to find new know-how, or to determine manufacturing chains of extravagant assets.
It is a splendidly interesting concept, and one ably served by the luxurious presentation. The Wandering Band has a robust improvement pedigree too, and its members – Chee Fong, Fred Gareau, and Ben Wander – all beforehand labored on the sadly now defunct Visceral Video games. Ben Wander additionally created 2018’s celebrated Swap and PC noir homicide thriller A Case of Mistrust.
Airborne Kingdom is at the moment anticipated to launch for PC and Mac in 2020 (there is a Steam page already), and a console model is being thought-about too.