CaesarIA is an open-source remake of the strategy classic Caesar3. After making its way through Greenlight, the title is now on Steam in Early Access and is looking to develop a more substantial following as it moves towards a full release. Promising all the greatness of Caesar3 and more, it’s certainly worth a look.
Community projects like this are fantastic. The game is open-source, and is available freely through Steam, so development is driven purely by a passion for the genre. There is no need to make money, so the entire focus on making the best game possible. According to the Steam page:
‘CaesarIA is a remake of an old-school economic strategy game, Caesar III which is a masterpiece among the games of this genre in our opinion.’
Current game features include:
- Upload of the map from the original Caesar III game;
- Construction\demolition of buildings and edifices;
- Migration of population;
- Farming and product distribution;
- Entertainment, healthcare, religion, education;
- Empire trade network with computer towns;
- Extraction of raw materials and manufacturing;
- Prefects, engineers, apprentices, soldiers, etc.;
- Dynamic town modelling;
- Changing the level of the houses according to the environment;
- Healthcare and water facilities;
- Military buildings.
Here is the Steam trailer so you can check it out yourself.
I must say, looking at the Steam page the game is currently sitting on Mixed review status with 65% positive reviews. I think this is a bit unfair. The biggest complaint seems to be the lack of content, but given it’s an open-source community project, and is free, I think more patience is needed. You only have to look at something like OpenTTD to see what community projects can bring off the back of classics. Give it time.
If strategy games are your thing then it’s certainly worth checking out on Steam. Hell, it’s free, so there’s nothing to lose. The team are also always looking for people to contribute to the project, so if you’re a talented artist or programmers etc. then visit their website for more information.