ENDCIV Preview – a post-apocalyptic RTS
Build a settlement, defend your citizens – ENDCIV Preview
ENDCIV aspires to join the strategy game hall of fame alongside games like Banished. ENDCIV is a strategy game that places your people in a post-apocalyptic environment where you have you reconstruct civilisation using the resources around you. The game is currently in its early stages of production with many features still waiting to be built. So, I will not be reviewing the alpha version but rather will tell you how far it has got and will give you a preview of what the game promises to be when completed.
So far, the alpha version is in a very early state. The game is in its “core-production” meaning the majority of features have not been fully implemented yet. The poor reviews on Steam (there are only a few) suggest that ENDCIV was released too early. However, given that Crowbox, the developers, state pretty clearly in their store page information that the game only has very basic mechanics at the moment, this criticism is unfair and only shows a lack of ability to read about a product before purchasing it. Now that we’ve got that out of the way, we can look at what you can do in the game so far.At the beginning of the game, you can choose the amount of settlers you want (3-5), the size of map and the amount of resources. In the full game you’ll also be able to change the day length and amount of rain. Currently you are able to gather resources and build shelters, workbenches and a few other basic things. The future features sound even more exciting though. The end game promises to have a complex depth to it. There will be a detailed weather system, a simulation of pollution, a proper city layout, more materials and resources, citizen skills and characteristics, combat, NPCs and animals. There are several exciting features that are “suggested” that may not be implemented into the game but they are considering them. All in all, ENDCIV looks like it will be an awesome game which is detailed and allows you to build up your new settlement however you like. The atmospheric music adds an eerie aspect to the game and the remains of old settlements and housing, seen in the picture above, adds a great level of detail. ENDCIV’s competition is Atomic Society, but they focus on different aspects – with Atomic Society focusing on the governmental side of things. ENDCIV at the moment is in its very early alpha state and as such, I would recommend you wait for it to be closer to completion. It is available on Steam for £10.99. They have a development road map on their website. For more information on ENDCIV and other PC games, follow us on Twitter and Facebook.