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The Political Machine 2020 Announced

Stardock celebrates another election year in the US with the announcement of The Political Machine 2020, a new installment in their election simulation. This is expected to arrive in the middle of primary season this spring, though the Steam Listing currently says winter 2020. The official website is now updated for the new version, offering screenshots and details. Word is: "The 2020 edition is a complete rewrite of the game with vastly improved graphics and a more sophisticated simulation that combines polling data, voter enthusiasm, and the most recent US census results to deliver a game that is both fun to play for casual players, and realistic enough for political wonks." Here's more on the game, which includes actual democratic candidates and a made-up republican field that includes a candidate ineligible to run thanks to the 22nd amendment:

Stardock announced its new political strategy/simulation game today, The Political Machine 2020. The PC strategy game allows players to choose a candidate and run for President against either a computer opponent or a candidate controlled by another person over the Internet.

Candidates include the current Democratic front-runners including Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg, as well as Internet favorites such as Andrew Yang and Tulsi Gabbard. Republican candidates include Donald Trump, George W. Bush and Mitt Romney. Players can also design their own candidates to take on the campaign trail to win the hearts and minds of American voters.

"This game takes politics and brings them to players in a way that is fun and interesting," said Stardock CEO Brad Wardell. "We use current data to model the US and voters in the game. The game emulates some of the unexpected things a candidate might have to deal with -- natural disasters, national tragedies, economic crises -- and immerses the player right in the middle of the insanity."

The game now features unique ideology trees for the candidates. This allows each candidate to play very differently from one another.