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Take the reins of a small company and build an industrial and financial empire in this 90s inspired strategy/tycoon game!

Designed with an eye towards both accessibility and depth, Rise of Industry (formerly known as Project Automata) takes inspiration from classic games like Industry Giant, Transport Tycoon, Anno, and Factorio. There’s enough strategic complexity and replayability to satisfy the most experienced lovers of the genre, while its user friendly mechanics ensure that new players will love it as well.

Gather resources by building farms, mines, oil and gas wells and many more. From the most basic materials there will be a wide range of products you can manufacture and ship to towns. Keep the economy moving and keep the masses' needs fulfilled. 

Facilitate the transportation of both raw and finished products at every stage of production with the help of roadways, trucks, trains, ships, and even zeppelins, all while building your industrial base (or bases) of operations. Each mode of travel has it's own advantages and drawbacks, and it's up to you to sort the logistic puzzle.

Current and Upcoming Features

  • Custom Scenario Editor
  • Advanced economic A.I.
  • Procedurally generated maps with different biomes
  • Complex and engaging supply chain simulation
  • Environmental consequences, i.e. pollution, waste, and deforestation
  • Cooperative and competitive Multiplayer
  • Modding  API and Steam Workshop support

You can see the full roadmap here.

Note: we removed the demo, as we are looking for feedback. Proper feedback can't be given if you're playing on a limited demo. 

Installation instructions: simply extract all files and run! 

Recommended you play in 1080p and you NEED to update your graphics drivers!

Please use the itch app, as we intend to do updates regularly!

Purchasing the game now will give you a Steam key when released, but only if you sync your game with your itch account, so make sure you create an account and login before purchasing!


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In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $17.99 USD. You will get access to the following files:

Rise of Industry - Alpha - Windows 171 MB
Rise of Industry - Alpha - Mac 183 MB
Rise of Industry - Alpha - Linux 191 MB

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Hello.  When will this Windows 32 bit version of the game?

I don't think it will. The game has a lot of calculations and 32 bits are very limited

20 $  :( :( 80 turkish lira :( very expensive

Sorry, can't have region pricing on itch. Please wait for the steam release 

If you need some help with 3d modeling give me a shout !Awesome game !

Thanks! Will do! 

yeahh A4!!!!

Have fun! 

Hello! Very cool game, please add Russian language

We will in A7 or A8 :)

A very good game and available for Linux!

Glad you're enjoying it!

Any News about A4? Normally he was for november no?

It's coming out next week. Had to be delayed a bit to ensure awesomeness 

Is this basically project automata? like is this the same game but this one is updated?

Yeah, Project Automata was the name before going into Alpha (when it was still pre-alpha and a prototype). Now we're in full production with a constant flow of updates

thanks, but do you have a list of system requirements?

Nothing official, but should run on pretty much anything. I sometimes test on my 6 years old i3 laptop and it works fine

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I play this game on my PC, Radeon HD 4600 from 2008 and the games works fine...though i have to play it on min graphic settings and the menu interface(new game/options/exit...) doesnt disappear then I click on "options". 

It's a decade-old computer, I'm afraid we can only do so much :(

:D no problem, i guess it's time to buy new hardware.


each time i reload a save i some little freeze every 5 sec, i can play for 12 h in row(example) without any freeze but when i reload a save, the game freeze every 5 sec. i play on small and medium map. Any idea why i have this?


It's still early in development. We're still working on improving performance. Sorry about that, alpha 4 will be a bit better :) 

I play on a TV screen I don't know what the inches are. I can guess its about 50 I would think. I start the game up and the menus are all running together? what could this be from. I tried messing with the resolution and that's not working.  Any suggestions?


Change the scaling setting in the options menu

Thank you that worked!!!


How playable is this right now?  How any hours of gameplay?

There are playlists on YouTube with dozens of hours, and new content is added constantly :)

Love the art style you went with, and enjoying my time playing so far - though, I was hoping for something closer to OpenTTD. Still, an enjoyable game. Maybe passenger trains can be something in the future to satiate my TTD thirst?

Great work so far guys.


Very happy you're enjoying it!

Please note that OTTD is not our focus, it's merely one of many minor inspirations. We are specialising in town interaction and deep production lines, not just logistics

I Checked Out The TRailer. Its Awesome

Glad you like it! 

Is there a chart available where you can see all the production lines and so on? And is there a community forum where players write with each other? 

All the Production Lines (aka Recipe Book): http://projectautomata.com/RoI-recipe-book.pdf

Discord is very active: https://discordapp.com/invite/riseofindustry

Forum: http://steamcommunity.com/app/671440/discussions/0/

Ah thanks a lot! 

Didnt even think about the steam community since the game isnt released on steam yet :)

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Need to be prepared :)

15k wishlists and counting!

Haha yeah ok! 

The Recipe book doesnt seems to completely up to date though. Wood barrels also requires steel ingame but in the Recipe book it seems like they only require wood, made me waste some hundred thousands :) 

The recipes are updated almost weekly, and the book is updated monthly. Always trying to find the perfect balance

Any clue when A4 will be released? Kinda hoping to have it b4 christmas :D

Is there a way to make a factory produce more than 1 type of good?  ie. Have a Glassworks and Smeltor produce glass AND steel?

Was actually thinking about it, and it might happen soon

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Hello. I wonder if there is a way for inverse tracking the distribution. I mean, select a textile industry and check who is providing theme the materials to produce. It would be very helpful. 

Another thing that I noticed is when I send goods to a shop, the top bar that indicates the relation between demand and supply is global and theres no way to know which products are not being provided. If I send a lot of one product the bar just indicate full supply. 

Thing number one is coming soon: http://prntscr.com/h6nwrc

As for number two: the whole panel will change soon

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yeahr  hab mal gekauft hilft j immer,, in deutsch gibs das  noch nicht oder ?

Nicht jetzt, aber es wird bald sein!
German language will be added soon, yes!


I really like your game, looks very cool and i enjoyed my first games.

I agree with @abidibladiduda about warehouse and truckdepot. I think a truck depot should have more than 9 trucks available. It get complicated pretty fast when you want many output from a "water siphon".

Secondly, you should make UI menu in % of the screen width and height instead of a fixed value. If i want to play windowed or low resolution, the main menu is kind of buggy.

Good luck !

Raising the limit of trucks would make trade routes obsolete. As for the second issue, just raise the scaling setting in the options menu :) 

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you could maybe add more destination output fields (as many as one likes to use) and as many trucks as one likes to have. but scale the price for the transport much harder based on distance. so you would use trade routes for long distance because it is cheaper and not just because the other mechanic is so tricky to use.

if you want to force trade routes upon the player please remove the destination tab so everything is done with trade routes. it is just not fun to make the mechanic as cumbersome as possible just to enforce the use of trade routes. this is not a puzzler but a simulation so i think doing the whole transport stuff as a player should not be micro management of every truck. please rethink the concept.

I'll keep it in mind :)

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do not know where else to give feedback:

using the warehouse/truckdepot is really counterintuitive. as in i could not get the truck depot trade routes to work at all. why only get 3 outputs from the warehouse? would also be nice to set the warehouse as a source for specific products in your buildings. the push trade route concept is very limiting.

in addition the whole concept of only ever being able to transport to 3 locations is just terrible. you cannot get a nice balance between your buildings. balancing output/input should be fun and not tedious and illogical.

also since the last patch getting profitable production lines is impossible for some products.

3 destinations for pushing is necessary or trade routes would be pointless. Warehouses have an extra 3 for pulling. 

What exactly do you find confusing about that whole system? Maybe the answer is in the tutorial...

As for profits, the game is considerably easier in the last patch (will be even easier in 3.1). Just focus on the products wanted at 125%.

Drop by our Discord, there are tons of other players that will give you a hand: https://discord.gg/Q3XyYGM

the problem is that the amount of buildings being supported is not always 1, 2 or 3 depending on the distance to the target. in my current game i can support more than 4 buildings which is clumsy because i need to use 2 outgoing routes to other factories and 1 to a warehouse and then 3 from that warehouse to other factories (because the warehouse can also only support 3). that just doesnt feel intuitive at all. its not even fun because it gets complicated really fast.

in addition i actually played many games where i never used trade routes because there is really no point. maybe instead of inhibiting the use of the destination tab remove it from buildings completely. then it would be possible to use trade routes with the truck depot to carry wares from/to factories and train trade routes for long distance. would imho make much more sense. it is always nicer to only have one mechanic instead of 2 competing options where one is unnecessarily complicated/restricitve to force the player to use the other mechanic as well.

Very nice game! The graphics-update is amazing in case of the old one. I love those games.

One question about the steam key (yeah there is alot of them ;)), but i want to know: Is this steam key for the early access and the final game, or only for the final game?

Thx for answers, and good work!

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Got answer from discord : It is the same key. Thx!

Really interested in the game as it seems right up my alley but...How much content and replayability is there?I don't want a game that I'll "do" everything after two hours..

The main focus is player customisation, and with modding , the possibilities are endless 

I understand but how many hours of fun would you estimate I could get out of the game in it's current state?:)

There are already many production lines. For comparison, KatherineOfSky did a Let's Play in Alpha 1 with 16 videos of 20 to 40 minutes each. That was Alpha 1, and now we're on Alpha 3, with a lot more content., and it will only get more deep and complex (but not complicated)

I don't see system requirements posted anywhere.  I have an i7 laptop with Win7,  8Gb ram, and 1Gb GT 525M video card.  Will I be able to run this game with a minimum of problems?


You are way past the requirements. This game runs on i3 :) 

Just watched someone play, and holy crap I LOVE the smoke animation, it's amazing!  Major props to your animator(s)!  The rest of the graphics are also really nice, but I could stare at that smoke for ages, it's just. So great.

Pretty sure this is on my wishlist already on Steam, since I played the old demo, but I'mma check and add it if I forgot.  (I'd buy it now but alas I am broke.  So all I can do is remind myself to buy it when I DO have money, haha.)

To be sure, here it is!

I purchased the game and then created an account by accident, will I still get a steam key upon release?

Yes, you do. Please read this: https://itch.io/docs/buying/already-bought

Hey is there a way to turn off the automatically generated Industries appearing?

If not, is there a chance you'd implement it as a toggle, I'd like to play just sandbox - making things all neat and tidy the way I want them with no auto generated industries getting in the way.


Just build outside the radius of towns. We'll add the toggle in future versions for whose who just want to "do their own thing"

Thanks for the response! I appreciate it! :)

a custom game switch to stop it would be great.

"who are these people building near my land? GET OFF MY LAWN!"

Hah, will do!

Been following your Twitter account and didn't even knew about the Halloween sale. Purchased!


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Stylish and slightly altered, but don't try to hide the fact that this stems directly from Open TTD. I'd love to play, but price is too high for what it is, and it's pretty much the same thing as its free sister game.

Recommendation: Variety. Lots of it. Other than that, you have a solid game.

It really does not stem from OTTD. The similarities are few and far apart. The art style is a low-poly version of SimCity3000, and the gameplay is that of Industry Giant 2. We offer far more things to do than just transporting stuff from A to B

Could you tell me about some of the new Dynamics then? I don't mean to sound rude at all. It looks like a pretty decent game overall. Thank you

I do agree, it's quite much for a like this. I can see this price when the game is finished. But right now I'm probably gonna hold off.

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Can you explain the truck transport route.  I have noticed that it takes a while for the trucks to leave once product is available - is there some logic here - what is the trigger?  Also, are we suppose to see empty trucks come back once they have dropped off?

EDIT - What I have observed is the trucks leave once a qty of 20 units is reached.  However, it can only transport a max of 12 qty.  I suspectg this is a carry over from the train logic as it could carry 20 units.

Correct suspicion. Fixing...

About to line up to buy this baby myself,

3 questions,

truck Ai whens the rework?
steam  key?

and  waste management still being post release?

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Steam key answer in faq. 

But yea you'll get one if you have and account on itch and signed in before purchase. I linked my accounts to be sure.

truck Ai whens the rework? Alpha 5
steam  key? Alpha 5
and  waste management still being post release? Yup

Consider it bought :)


who can wait till steam early access to play this gem??!! consider it bought x 2

Not even I can understand it :D

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Can you please add an option to either demolish trees or perhaps, add optional filtered views? Examples: Roads only, Your buildings/roads/track only, Traffic, etc..

Another idea..  maybe add an option to purchase unowned things like roads and businesses?

Deforestation is something you really want to avoid when we introduce pollution. Trees clean the air. 

In the next big update, you'll be able to buy AI-owned buildings 

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I occasionally want to just knock down a single tree or three. They sometimes block the view. Glad to hear purchasing AI owned places/things will be in the game.  :)

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Do the trucks ever reroute if there is a shorter path built?

Not right now. Truck AI is being reworked 




My itch account is still on alpha2 no update yet!

Please use the Itch app

Since I got the update the game is unplayable.  The options menu covers the whole screen but in such a way that I can not read the options as they are overlaying the other menu options, and there is no "ok" button that I can see to accept changes made to the options. 

Lower the scaling setting in the options menu

Im am French and i like your game ,good luck


How do i save changes the option settings? Theres no Save Button

Apply button at the bottom. If you can't see it, lower the scaling setting 

THX Its working now :3


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