Today, Los Angeles-based developer Plethora Project and publisher Devolver Digital announced that their unique neighborhood-building simulator Block’hood — which notably was a nomination at The Game Awards 2016 for the category of “Games for Impact” — is set to launch on PC, Mac, and Linux on May 11, 2017.
For those that don’t know: Block’hood is a neighborhood-building simulator “that celebrates the diversity and experimentation of cities and the unique ecosystems within them.” In the game, you have access to 90+ building blocks to arrange and combine to create unique neighborhoods and then discover the implications of their designs.
The game is said to “embark on a story of ecology and understanding as additional resources are always needed to unlock new blocks, configurations, and combinations to create more prosperous neighborhoods.” Throughout the design process of a neighborhood, players will need to avoid the decay of their city blocks but making sure each unit doesn’t run out of resources and consequently become a strain on the complimentary units around them.
The following features list is provided:
Envision Your Neighborhood: Consider what Blocks are necessary for your neighborhood to thrive. There are no boundaries of what you can create with an expanding library of 90+ blocks.
Generate Resources: Each Block you create has inputs and outputs and by understanding how each block is dependent on other blocks, you can create a productive network. Optimize your production and generate abundant resources for the dozens of intricate symbiotic relationships in your neighborhood
Avoid Decay: If blocks don’t receive the inputs they need, they will decay over time and slowly become abandoned or destroyed. Once a block is abandoned or destroyed, you will have to remove it and avoid it from making other blocks decay further. Be careful as seeking an utopian neighborhood carelessly, can lead to dystopia.
Unique Modes: Neighborhood designers an enjoy Sandbox Mode and Challenge Mode with modes for Education and Research planned for educational and academic use within the classroom.
As mentioned in the headline, a new trailer was also released today: revealing the game’s story mode, a new feature added that wasn’t previously in its Steam Early Access build (where it launched in March 2016).
Block’hood is currently $9.99 USD in Steam Early Access. It’s unclear whether or not this price will transfer over to the final release. Below, you can check out the new trailer: