Save Humanity – Play Offworld Trading Company For Free This Weekend On Steam
Well, at least I know what I'll be doing this weekend. I'll be playing Offworld Trading Company by Stardock and Soren Johnson's Mohawk Games. Offworld Trading Company is the best selling economic real-time strategy game. The free weekend has already started and the game will remain free-to-play until 1 PM ET on Sunday. If you discover that you like it and want to keep on playing, it's 50% until Monday, May 7th. In addition, the Jupiter's Forge expansion, game soundtrack, and Offworld Trading Company: Gold are 65% off during the same sale period.
The Gold bundle is an amazing deal. For $25.65 during the sale, you get the full game, soundtrack, and a bunch of DLCs. This pack normally costs nearly $74.00, so this bundle is definitely the way to go.
If you're interested in seeing the game played in real-time, Soren, other members of the dev team, fans, and staff will be streaming live on Steam to showcase the game throughout the weekend.
"Buy out your competition and take control of the Martian market in a strategy game where money, not military force, is your greatest weapon. The real-time, player-driven market is the foundation of the game, allowing you to buy and sell resources and materials - even the food and water that the colonists need to survive. Build up enough capital and gain access to the lucrative offworld markets so that you can buy out your rivals and claim the Martian economy for yourself.
Battle isn't limited to the board room; you can use the black market to employ some more... underhanded methods for victory. You - and your opponents - should prepare to deal with pirate raiders, or hackers trying to disrupt production, or a covert electromagnetic pulse to an opponent's base, and much more."
"We're really excited to be bringing this free weekend to players," said Soren Johnson, lead designer and president of Mohawk Games. "Offworld has been my passion project - it's fast-paced, deeply strategic, and is awesome in a multiplayer setting. This event is a great opportunity for new people to try out the game with their friends and play with the community of Offworld fans."
Offworld Trading company has single-player campaigns but also multiplayer games with up to eight players. Individual players can also take advantage of "skirmishes", daily challenges, and ranked ladder games. Keep in mind that the ladder games are geared towards serious players and have intense competition. Play as different types of CEOs with unique traits and abilities.
"In order to win, you will need to make tough choices on what resources to acquire, what goods to build and sell, how to interact with the planet's thriving underworld, and what stocks to acquire and when. With over a dozen different resources available and a constantly changing market economy, no two paths of victory are alike -- each game holds a different “key” to dominating your competition."
This is the type of game that you sit down to play, telling yourself "just one game", only to look up and realize that hours have passed and you've been totally engrossed. The visuals are wonderful, the soundtrack is perfection, and the sci-fi elements are well-executed. It takes a little while to grasp the multi-layered gameplay, but once you get the hang of things, you'll develop your own strategy and system that works for your individual playing style. Offworld Trading company is somehow casual and intense at the same time and it a great way to spend the weekend away from FPS battle arenas.