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Pre-alpha 7 has been released and Software Inc. has been mentioned in three articles. I talk about new features and why the full version of the game hasn't been released yet.

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Software Inc. has been featured in three articles this last month, you can read them here: (Playthrough) (Interview)
(The last one is in French)

For this update, Software Inc. has had a base mechanic completely replaced.

Instead of the old Innovation/Stability/Usability sliders when designing software, a feature system has been added. Features control development time, Innovation, stability, usability, how many artists are needed and they can depend on features in various ways. 3D rendering can supersede 2D rendering, music can depend on whether the selected audio tool has a music editor and 8-bit audio can depend on whether ALL operating systems selected support it. All of these features and their dependencies are of course moddable in the full version, using simple XML files.
I hope this addition makes the design process feel more intuitive.

To make all this work I had to make a simple editor for it (Shown below). It is windows only, but I might release it when Software Inc. releases. In the end, I hope to enable editing mods directly in-game.

I also fixed up the building system, by having the furniture you're currently building actually show while your placing it. And you can no longer build rooms in the middle of nowhere without support.

I updated the name generators with some new words, the results are great, with names such as:
Foot Simulator of DeathSpacewars in SpaceBaby Rebirth at nightHorse Tycoon in SpaceFish Manager UltraHorse Killer At Night.

The name generators are completely moddable and can be edited with plain text files.

You can see an always up-to-date list of all changes here:

Why isn't Software Inc. out yet? My plan was to release the game at pretty much the same time as the Greenlight went live a month ago, but I've been let down by a third party. Basically, someone messed up two months ago and I've been paying for it. Hopefully, it will soon work out. I'm doing what I can, but I have limited time available to go around and fix stupid bureaucratic mistakes.

Finally, remember to vote for Software Inc. on Greenlight! You can open the Greenlight page in your browser by clicking here, or directly in steam by clicking here. Software Inc. is currently 48% of the way to the top 100.


The outdoor screenshot looks welcoming.

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