Railgrade is the satisfying cyberpunk train we didn’t know we needed

Railgrade, a management sim about building railroads to transport resources across a planetary colony, popped up during today’s Nintendo Direct Mini to reveal a Switch version and fall release window.

Under the management of the Nakitani Chemicals company, you play as an administrator managing the acquisition and transportation of industrial resources. In practical terms, this means you build railroads to connect factories and refineries to ensure a smooth flow of resources to your enterprise lords. Think of a game like Satisfactory or Factorio, but hyper-focused on transportation networks.

The game splits the difference between management sim and puzzle game, as each of the 50 levels takes place on a small map with its own set of resources to drain. You can customize your trains with different engines and freight types in an effort to build the most efficient transportation network possible.

If you keep an eye on indie games on PC, you might have played Railgrade before – it was one of the demos available during the Steam Game Festival in February 2021. Since then, developer Minakata Dynamics has moved on. publisher Epic Games, so the game will now launch exclusively on the Epic Games Store on PC, in addition to the recently announced Switch version.

No release date more specific than “autumn” has yet been announced.

If you lie to other types of management, the Nintendo Direct Mini also brought us news of Square Enix’s Stardew Valley-like Harvestella and a release date for Disney’s Dreamlight Valley life sim – in addition to the long-awaited Switch ports of Persona 5 Royal, Persona 4 Golden and Persona 3 Portablesure.

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