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By Jove! Offworld Trading Company expansion coming

Following a few wee DLC packs, Offworld Trading Company [official site] is getting its first proper expansion. Named Jupiter’s Forge, it’s due later in spring. The swell sci-fi economic strategy game’s expansion will visit the harsh Jovian moon of Io, where Martian rules of business don’t apply. Players will get to eke out a spaceliving with new factions, a new campaign, a new challenge mode, new events, new buildings, and no water. That’s the perils of spacecapitalism for you. Here, check out how much Io sucks in the Jupiter’s Forge announcement trailer:

The official blurb says:

“If you thought turning a profit on Mars was tough, just wait until you land on Jupiter’s volcanic moon, Io. With resources that deplete over time creating fierce competition, you will have to adapt to the new environment faster than your opponents do in order to survive. Life support is so strenuous on Io that Mars will look like a paradise in comparison!

“Two brand new factions have joined the corporate world on Io where the new resource system offers a steep learning curve. There are plenty of new sources for power, but some of humanity’s basic essentials – like water – don’t exist. In order to thrive on Io, you will need to steer yourself away from everything you thought you knew about Mars and re-order your building priorities to outshine your competitors.”

Check out the announcement for details on the new factions — an “elite business group” and a hard-working collective — and all else Jupiter’s Forge will bring.

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