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The Political Machine 2024

Platform(s): PC
Genre: Simulation
Publisher: Stardock
Developer: Stardock
Release Date: 2024

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'The Political Machine 2024' Steam Playtest Available NOW

by Rainier on Feb. 21, 2024 @ 10:18 p.m. PST

The Political Machine 2024 allows players to simulate a run for the American presidency.

The Political Machine 2024 allows players to step into the shoes of current political figures like Joe Biden, Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, and Ron DeSantis, or create a completely customized candidate with the game's in-depth creation workshop.

At its core, The Political Machine 2024 is a sophisticated simulator, where each state's political leanings and issues are meticulously researched and updated to reflect the latest demographic data and current political climate. The Political Machine has been featured on MSNBC, CNBC, FOX News and the Nightly Business Report in past elections to accurately predict past Presidential elections including the 2004 focus on Ohio and the 2016 election of Donald Trump.

Players with a deep understanding of the real-world political landscape will discover a game that rewards strategic thinking and political savvy.

Building on the series' robust political simulation model, which has been recognized by major news outlets for its accuracy in predicting previous election outcomes, the 2024 edition adds some much-requested features including:

  • Primaries: Players can choose to run against other candidates to win their party's nomination for President.
  • Debates: Candidates will face each other in a simulated debate on the issues of the day.
  • PACs: Political Action Cards that players can use to bolster their campaign or thwart their opponents.

Stardock invites players to explore the nuances between candidates within the same party, appreciating the ideological spectrum that differentiates a Democrat like Bernie Sanders from one like Bill Clinton, or a Republican like Ronald Reagan from Mitt Romney.

individuals who have pre-ordered Stardock Entertainment's highly anticipated PC strategy game, The Political Machine 2024, are able to play the game for the first time in a playtest phase released on Steam

Players will experience the The Political Machine 2024’s enhanced graphics and new features that mimic real-world political tactics such as primaries, debates and political action cards. Player insights and feedback from the playtest will be collected by Stardock’s development team to refine and improve the gaming experience ahead of its full release later this spring/early summer.

"At Stardock, we value player feedback as a cornerstone of game development. By inviting fans into the game prior to release, we foster a collaborative environment where their input directly shapes the final, polished experience," said Brad Wardell, creative director of Stardock.

Key Features

  • Play single player against the computer or multiplayer against up to 4 human opponents.
  • The friendly, cute exterior runs on top of a powerful political simulator armed with the latest demographic and issue data.
  • Run against the opposing party’s nominee for President to gather the 270 electoral votes needed on election day or against other members of your political party to obtain the delegate count to become your party’s nominee.
  • Take advantage of your PAC (Political Action Cards) to unleash mayhem on your opponents or to bolster your own campaign.
  • Spread your Ideology - Participate in Town Hall events to earn ideology points and solidify your position on hot issues with your voters.
  • Generate Enthusiasm - Use your power and money to purchase ads to discredit your opponent and influence voters. The greater enthusiasm your base has for an issue, the more effective your ad campaigns will be.
  • Participate in Interviews - Accept invitations to various talk shows across the country in order to share your opinion on issues important to the American people.
  • Choose your Candidate - Play as one of several candidates, each with their own custom stats like stamina, intelligence, charisma, media bias, and more.
  • Manage your Campaign Budget - Purchase advertisements, travel across the country to campaign, and hire operatives to enhance your PR or cripple your opponent. Be wary - if you overspend and need extra cash, it might come from somewhere that will shake voters’ confidence in you!
  • Create a Candidate - Customize your own front runner and race for the White House.
  • Practice your Politics - A sophisticated underlying simulation model uses census data and real issues to test your political savvy.
  • Be Ready for Anything - Torrid affairs, natural disasters, email scandals, and other “breaking news” events can pop up and change the direction of the campaign for better or worse.
  • Check your Standings - With poll tracking and leaderboards, you can see how well people are playing as their candidates or what issues they are supporting over time.

The Political Machine 2024 is coming to PC (Steam) in May 2024.

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