It was once your grandfather’s pride-and-joy, but your family ranch has fallen on hard times and it’s up to you to turn things around. Sitting in a remote forested valley, the dilapidated homestead will test all your abilities as you attempt to turn it into the most prosperous ranch in the region – either alone or in up to four player co-op multiplayer.
The years have not been kind to your family ranch and it will take time and money to restore it to its former glory. Buy tools from the local hardware store and purchase a range of vehicles from the garage to help with your rebuilding projects. Renovate the main house, decide what livestock you want to farm and construct the barns, pens and runs you’ll need to keep them safe and secure.
Grand building projects are one thing. Paying for them? That’ll come down to your ranching skills. Overseeing a profitable operation is all about the day-to-day. Once you’ve selected and taken on your livestock, regular feeding and watering will keep them healthy. Successful breeding and careful rearing of the young will help boost the numbers in your herds and flocks — and the more produce you have to sell, the more income you’ll receive for all that hard work.
There’s a large open-world environment outside your cosy homestead and it’s teeming with wildlife. So when you feel like slowing the pace, why not grab your trusty rifle and head out into the forest to stalk deer and hunt bears? But remember, the wilderness lives by its own laws and you aren’t the only skilled hunter in the neighbourhood. Sometimes your steady hand and sharp eyes will also be needed back on the ranch to stop hungry wolves turning your off-grid dream into a nightmare.
We’re now just over a week away from launch! We hope that you’re as excited to play as we are to release the game. As you know, this is an Early Access game, and your feedback will continue to be a core part of Ranch Simulator’s development. However, here is what you can expect at launch and what to expect for the first few big updates.
Early Access Launch Content:
- Character creator
- Tutorial: 10 introductory quests (including house demolishing + building)
- 7 vehicles
- Breed roosters and hens, hatch baby chicks from eggs
- Sell produce: eggs, milk & pork
- Demolish and build the barn + extensions
- Process planks for extra money
- Hunt and slaughter wild animals to sell
- Day & night cycle, dynamic weather
- Build a well and gather water
Following Early Access launch we will be working on bug fixes, reacting to feedback, and we are also looking to add more languages (please join the Discord and let us know which languages you want to see added!).
Read on for the details on the first planned content updates!
April 2021 – August 2021 Update Roadmap:
April: Meat and Dairy Production + New Quests
The first big update for Ranch Simulator will include a meat and dairy production system, which will provide another way to make money and expand your ranching operation. New quests will also be added.
June: Hardware Store, Pig Breeding + Additional Daily Quests
In June we'll be adding a hardware store where you can purchase trailers and trucks; increasing your ability to transport large items. You will also be able to choose the location of your chicken coops, breed pigs, and we will be adding new daily quest functionality.
August will see the addition of one of the most requested features: horses! Nurture and care for your new colts and mares and explore your ranch on horseback.
Remember to wishlist and follow Ranch Simulator on Steam to get notified at launch! The game will cost $24.99/£19.99, and there will be launch discount - so don't miss out.
See the latest screenshots and trailer to tide you over until Early Access release!
Go hands on with Ranch Simulator right now in the Steam Game Festival!
Take a look at Ranch Simulator's dynamic weather system!
We're getting closer to launch, ranchers! Six weeks to go until Early Access launch.
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