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Chinese studio Star Chess is working on a city builder with a particularly Chinese twist, bringing the god of the land of Taoism to the logical conclusion of the video game: In The Immortal Mayor, you are the deity of the local land and, with more worshipers, more prestige comes, so it is up to you to ensure the prosperity of the locals. To do this, lead the expansion of your city, including protection from attacks by wild monsters, and use your divine powers and divine inspiration to lead the city.
It’s a game you can demonstrate at Steam Next Fest and some raw buried gem. It will be released in Early Access in July 2021.
It is an orderly idea, as your city gains more believers (not everyone will worship you at first), you will gain divine power more quickly, and as your city grows, you will gain importance in the hierarchy of the gods. Making friends with other gods by building temples in your city, assigning priests, and providing them with unusual incense will allow you to use their powers to benefit your people as well.
It’s a fun twist on the usual survival city builder concept of making you work as a kind of omniscient “mayor,” rather than becoming a specific character with specific goals and a very precise relationship with the people you vigil. You want to build education, because your priests will be wiser. You want to give divine decorations not only to make the houses of the villages more pleasant, but also because they are a direct example of your benevolence.
By the way, the demo itself is failing a lot for some players, but not for me. (About once an hour.)
You can find The Immortal Mayor demo on Steam, where it is part of the Steam Next Fest, a massive event celebrating the upcoming versions of Steam with game demos. We have also compiled a list of our own 16 favorite Steam Next Fest demos and a list of files demos of 52 games announced at E3 on Steam. If you want to play it, act fast: Steam Next Fest ends on June 22 and the demos with it.