Publisher Kalypso Media and developer Gaming Minds Studios have today announced that the much-loved tycoon sim Railway Empire is adding Japan to its roster of playable locations on the 7th of May with a brand-new DLC. Railway Empire – Japan comes by way of emphatic request from the community and the series’ widespread fan-base.
Starting today, aspiring industrialists can pre-order the upcoming expansion via the Kalypso Store for 17% off (£9.12) up until release. Alternatively, they can add it to their Wishlist on Steam and prepare for their ’round-the-world trip by picking up Railway Empire and its previous DLC at up to 67% off during Steam’s Midweek Madness sale.
Railway Empire – Japan DLC will also be available at launch via the Epic Games Store, PlayStation Store and Microsoft Store, and will arrive on Nintendo Switch™ at a later date.
Railway Empire – Japan sees the series move to late-1800s Japan where an industrial revolution is booming and the people are crying out for a nationwide railway. After the successful restoration of the Meiji rule, the Land of the Rising Sun’s long-term ambition to develop its own modern, nationwide railway network has become a reality and people from formerly feudal regions are yearning to travel to booming metropolises. Players can lay tracks amongst mountains and cheery blossoms, using foresight, planning and clever strategy to establish a railway network and facilitate the ‘great commute’, moving Japan into a new industrial age.
The original release of Railway Empire earned praise from critics and fans alike thanks to its compelling mix of trading, rail network management and corporate espionage. Railway Empire – Japan DLC will be the ninth expansion to the rail sim’s expansive roster, previous locations including Australia, Sweden, France, Germany, Great Britain, Canada, the United States, and Mexico.
Title: Railway Empire – Japan DLC
Platforms: Win-PC, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch™
Developer: Gaming Minds Studios
Genre: Rail tycoon simulator
Release: 07/05/21 (Win-PC, PS4, Xbox One)
At a later date (Nintendo Switch)
About Railway Empire – Japan DLC
In Railway Empire, create an elaborate and wide-ranging rail network, purchase over 40 different trains modelled in extraordinary detail, and buy or build railway stations, maintenance buildings, factories and tourist attractions to keep your travel network ahead of the competition. You’ll also need to hire and manage your workforce if you want to ensure an efficient train service, while also developing over 300 technologies ranging from mechanical improvements to the trains themselves to workplace infrastructures
and advanced amenities, as you progress through five eras of technological innovation.
However, you can’t just build and research your way to the top – the competition never sleeps! To keep your business on track, you’ll have to survive against up to three rival tycoons. To move up the ladder, you may have to resort to more cutthroat tactics as you attack and sabotage your opponents through raids and industrial espionage.
Additional DLC to date includes: Down Under, Northern Europe, Germany, France, Great Britain and Ireland, Crossing the Andes, The Great Lakes and Mexico.
Japan DLC Features
- 2 new scenarios: ‘Rising Sun’ (1870 – 1890) and ‘Twisted Paths’ (1900 – 1920)
- Map expansion: 3 new maps of “Japan” (All, Mid and South) available in Free Game and Sandbox modes.
- 8 historical engines including the D51 Degoichi, Class 9600 Kyuroku and Class 8620 Hachiroku
- 28 new tradeable goods (e. g. sake and rice) and 35 more cities to discover
- Added ‘ticket’ feature playable on all Railway Empire maps – cater to tourists and commuters to increase your profits
- 11 iconic Japanese landmarks including Osaka Castle, Hells of Beppu and the Itsukushima Shrine
- New music, buildings and reworked mini portraits for characters