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Definitely Not Fried Chicken

Platform(s): PC
Genre: Strategy
Publisher: Merge Games
Developer: Dope Games
Release Date: 2023

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'Definitely Not Fried Chicken' Available On Steam Early Access - Trailer

by Rainier on Jan. 18, 2023 @ 2:48 p.m. PST

With its tongue planted firmly in its cheek, Definitely Not Fried Chicken is the ultimate in drug empire strategy and simulation.

A business management sim with a twist, players will grow their drug trade empire through ‘legitimate’ fronts by managing both sides of the business. One uses the front door, another uses the back! Acquire new ‘businesses’, meet new clientele, develop more potent narcotics, make lots of money, and leave a city in ruin!

Set in a sunshine soaked city in the glamorous ‘80s, Definitely Not Fried Chicken is the ultimate test of your entrepreneurial business skills.

Build your drug compound from the ground up, buy adjoining plots of land and expand. Design and lay out your complete production line and establish distribution routes. Fortify your compound’s defences and make sure any ‘overly-enthusiastic’ customers can't break in. Research and develop better strains of narcotics like marijuana, cocaine, and methamphetamine.

But simply making a great product is not enough. You need somewhere to sell it from! This is where your legitimate businesses come in - you'll need to build and manage these fronts, including selling legal goods to avoid detection. People gotta eat right? Run a chain of fried chicken stores or diversify your portfolio with other businesses. Different places have different people with different tastes.

Merge Games and developer Dope Games are excited to confirm Breaking Bad inspired business management simulator, Definitely Not Fried Chicken is launching to Steam Early Access today

Featuring a 15% launch discount, the Early Access version will include:

  • Weed Levels 1, 2 and 3, featuring 3 strains of cannabis
  • Meth Level 1
  • 3 fronts including Chicken Shop, Laundromat and Donut Shop
  • Begin the ‘The Major’ storyline
  • All monuments including Construction Site, Pawn Shop, Gym and more
  • 2 special clients (Astronauts, Aliens)

“During Early Access, we will slowly roll out new business fronts, product lines and parts of the story. At full launch, the story will finally conclude with the player having access to all businesses, NPCs and product lines available.”

“We will be actively listening to the community during the early access period to implement changes and adapt the game based on player feedback. Based on this, we approximate the early access phase to last around 6 months.”

The backbone of every business is your workforce, the people who tirelessly carry out the tasks you assign them for minimum wage. A happy employee is a productive employee, so it's important to make sure your staff has the basic necessities like washrooms and a place to eat. A well-furnished break room is great for staff morale!

And safety equipment will really help with staff turnover/mortality rates…

Key Features

  • Narcos ain’t got nothin’ on you - Build your drug empire from the ground up, distributing marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine and other goods
  • Balance is a delicate job - Balance the demanding tasks of managing both your illegal drug trade and your “legit” businesses.
  • Gotta stand out to do good business - Build and customise your drugs compound and business fronts.
  • Better workplace, better products - Upgrade your facilities and staff equipment for a better product and a bigger profit
  • Any place is a good place to sell your wares - Design your empire, from fried chicken shops to laundromats to nightclubs
  • Happy workers are productive workers - Manage your workforce, hire & fire, accommodate for their wants and needs to do great work.

Definitely Not Fried Chicken is coming to PC (Steam) in 2023.


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