Below are the main tasks & features we plan on doing. Regular things such as bug fixes, balancing, and quality of life improvements are not included as these are done continuously.
DISCLAIMER: Nothing here is set in stone. We will most likely end up moving things around especially based on feedback from our community.
Last revision date: 2nd of June 2022
Early phase - high priority
Advanced modding support
Expand modding support - mod management, APIs, documentation
Steam workshop integration
Enable the community to create their own maps in the in-game editor
[Done] Allow copying & cutting transports
Work on intuitiveness and tutorials
Investigate possible integrations
Linux, Mac, GeForce Now
Tasks that we will be working on continuously as iterative efforts.
Performance improvement (high priority)
keep improving the game to handle more and more complex factories
Quality of life improvements (high priority)
keep adding more tools, analytics, shortcuts, and improvements
keep working on better intuitiveness
particles, textures, models, polish
Priorities and exact tasks are not set in stone and everything is subject to change based on feedback.
New content (examples, depends on community feedback)
more features for mining
more industrial chains
more options for settlement - services, housing
power management (power lines, substations)
Visualize products in unit storages and on truck beds
Enable concrete and other custom surfaces on the ground
Allow players to choose starting location and position of their first settlement
Areas we would like to explore - subject to community feedback and preference
Scenarios / challenges - things that could alter the gameplay in different ways
End game mechanics
Investigate multiplayer in case of large interest
More mechanics around world map
Brainstorming section - ideas & possibilities
IMPORANT: These are just ideas on what we could do, not ordered by priority. What we will end up implementing will be largely based on feedback and wishes from our community. Our feedback tool can be found here: https://ideas.captain-of-industry.com/
Advanced power management
Consider introducing power transformers that could be connected via high-voltage power lines. Also, provide better automation for power failures. e.g. starting a backup power plant, power switches, etc. This will be very much needed in cases of unreliable power sources such as solar power. Would be cool to build off-shore as well. This might require a special type of ship or helicopter.
Quality of life improvements (some of these will most likely come a bit earlier)
Enable players to create blueprints and share them
Add more production statistics for each machine
More content for mining
Even bigger excavators. Dedicated dumping entity connected to transport. Mining cable cars.
Battleships or vehicles paint jobs. Flags (for ship and as standalone for the island).
Extend mechanical power
Add mechanical power transports (shafts), mechanical power storages (large rotating mass), and use mechanical power in more machines/chains than just electricity.
More stuff for settlement
More decorations. Also lavish ones like statues etc. which serve as achievements. Communication module that connects settlements to datacenters - the internet.
Improvements in naval battles
Consider moving naval battles to 3d. However, these would still be automated (no player control involved).
The player could have multiple islands. Logistics would be managed by cargo ships or by building bridges with trains. This would be handy to potentially provide multiplayer where each player has their own island. We don’t plan to have real islands on the world map as that would be a hell to manage from the player’s perspective.
Enable players to start on the same island or each player could have their own island. This will need more design and we think we will be smarter once we get further with the game.
Pirates attacking the island
Not something we want to force on the player. However, we could introduce some kind of challenge where the player can decide to engage to get some special rewards. Or it could be interesting for multiplayer as a co-op or to fight against each other. However, this is a huge task and right now the priority is low.
People on the island!
We deliberately made the decision to have settlements as blobs so we can, later on, add people if needed. People in a settlement would be just for decoration purposes and they would not mix with the general island. We could also add a possibility to build transportation between individual settlements or have stations that cover some area of the island with a workforce. This could be built on top of trains or we could use buses. However, buses would require roads or concrete ground and obviously maintenance :)
Digging / dumping challenges
Players would have to dig deep to find some artifact for instance. Or some other valuable end-game resources. Or something that can serve as a decoration for the settlement. Dinosaurs skeleton for instance.
Challenges such as heatwaves. Heatwaves would kill the population if the player does not provide cooling. They could also put stress on the equipment. These would also increase maintenance and water consumption.