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Cartel Tycoon

Platform(s): PC
Genre: Simulation
Publisher: tinyBuild
Release Date: 2021

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'Cartel Tycoon' Delayed Until 2021, Available As Early Access With Exclusive Content - Trailer

by Rainier on Oct. 29, 2020 @ 2:58 p.m. PDT

Cartel Tycoon is a story-driven business sim inspired by the '80s narco trade. Expand and conquer, stave off rival cartels and authority attention, earn people's loyalty, and overcome the doomed fate of a drug lord with too much power.

Set in the fictionalized '80s Latin America, Cartel Tycoon tells the story of a time during which the cocaine took over the U.S. and the whole world. Ridiculously rich drug kingpins rule their glorious empires while creating thousands of jobs, but at the same time maelstrom of violence envelops this criminal world.

Build an empire of drug production and smuggling chains while dealing with rival cartels, your rogue lieutenants, state authorities, and public opinion. Deal in marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine and legal goods disguising your drug trade. Conquer neighboring regions and send profits climbing to unlock new upgrade paths and powerful research opportunities. Adapt on the fly to procedurally generated events.

Authorities, rival cartels, DEA, army and even CIA all threaten your growing business. When you die (it never really ends well for drug lords), take over the empire as your successor, and start upon your empire ruins all over again.

In Cartel Tycoon, failure is inevitable and violence begets more violence—but for the cunning kingpin, profits await.

Publisher tinyBuild and developer Moon Moose smuggle money and power onto PC today with the surprise release of Cartel Tycoon: Uncut Earliest Access.

Available via direct purchase and download from the official website, Cartel Tycoon: Uncut Earliest Access offers dozens of hours of polished alpha gameplay in a feature-rich experience. tinyBuild makes an offer few can refuse, including an exclusive starter kingpin, Hotel building skin, and cartel logo that won’t be available to soldiers who join the familia in Steam Early Access or the 1.0 release.

“Our team has heard the demand loud and clear—our passionate community wants to play Cartel Tycoon as soon as possible,” said game designer Rita Shapovalova. “More than 50,000 people have downloaded our free Cartel Tycoon demo on Steam. With Uncut Earliest Access, our biggest supporters can take the keys to their drug kingdom a little early while we continue working hard to make sure our Steam Early Access release is nothing short of full beta.”

Cartel Tycoon: Uncut Earliest Access is available now for US $19.99 direct from the official website, with Steam Early Access release planned for Early 2021 and GOG launch set for 2021. Major content updates to all versions will lead up to the full 1.0 launch in 2021.

Text translations in English and Russian are available now, with French, German, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, and Korean planned for later release.

Key Features

  • Grow a drug empire in the late '80s, dealing in marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine and other goods
  • Tycoon action on an epic scale with dozens of upgrade paths and endless strategic combinations
  • Run huge logistical systems of your farms, labs, warehouses, workshops, research centers, and delivery lines
  • Death is inevitable but lieutenants with unique traits take over for the drug lord before them
  • Evade the authorities and square off against rival cartels on the path to profit
  • Procedurally generated story and roguelike action for endless replayability
  • Original soundtrack captures the era with the psychedelic and Latin American influences

Cartel Tycoon is coming to PC (Steam) in 2021.


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