It turns out reports of
the end of democracy
were exaggerated, as
announces Positech is at work on Democracy 4
, a new
installment in their politics simulation. This will add some harsh realities of
the day, including corruption and limits to press freedom, and a release is
expected at some point next year. Here's word:
Development has started on
Democracy 4, the latest iteration of the political strategy game by Positech
Games. Democracy 3 was released in 2013 and…quite a lot has happened in global
politics since then, which we hope to reflect in the new version. We are still
very early in the development of the game, so are not ready to show anything
yet, but here are the answers to some expected questions:
Lead programmer and Lead Designer on Democracy 4 will be Jeff Sheen from
Stargazy Studios, who also designed Democracy 3:Africa and worked on the Unicode
port of Democracy 3 recently to allow support for Russian & Chinese
translations. Cliff will help with design & testing and will be producer.
Democracy 4 will incorporate the extra features introduced in Democracy 3
Africa, which simulated corruption, limits to press freedom and other political
phenomena from the extremes which are starting to become more common in western
politics since the release of Democracy 3.
The game will be completely updated to reflect modern issues, so no more
worrying about the ‘V’ chip and other long forgotten issues, and more worrying
about fake-news, social media, and other social phenomena driving politics in
The release date is ‘some time in 2019’ and we expect to offer an early-access /
playable alpha version to players before the games final release. Target
platforms are PC, OSX and Linux.
The plan is to roll content from the existing 4 expansion packs (Extremism,
Social Engineering, Clones & Drones and Electioneering) into Democracy 4 where
appropriate and relevant to provide a single version of the game.
More details coming over the next few months :D