Railway Empire Goes to the East with Upcoming Expansion

Prepare to head to the east.
Prepare to head to the east. Kalypso Media

Railway Empire announced that it’s going to the Land of the Rising Sun for its upcoming expansion. The Japan DLC is arriving on May 7 and it’s going to make this country a playable location. This is sure to make a lot of players happy considering it has been long requested by the community.

This is the ninth expansion of the game, joining the already expansive roster that includes Australia, Sweden, France, Germany, Great Britain, Canada, the United States, and Mexico.

The upcoming Japan DLC takes players to late-1800s Japan just as the country is experiencing the industrial revolution boom with people wanting a nationwide railway. Once the Meiji rule was restored, the country began to officially develop its very own modern and nationwide railway. With this expansion, players can now put tracks not only on mountains but even on fields with cherry blossoms.

Features of the Japan DLC include:

  • 2 new scenarios:
    • Rising Sun (1870 to 1890)
    • Twisted Paths (1900 to 1920)
  • Map expansion:
    • 3 new maps of “Japan” (All, Mid and South)
    • Available in Free Game and Sandbox modes.
  • 8 historical engines that include the D51 Degoichi, Class 9600 Kyuroku, and Class 8620 Hachiroku.
  • 28 new tradable goods, such as sake and rice, and 35 more cities to discover.
  • Added "ticket" feature playable on all Railway Empire maps.
    • This is targeted at tourists and commuters to increase profits.
  • 11 iconic Japanese landmarks including Osaka Castle, Hells of Beppu, and the Itsukushima Shrine.
  • New music, buildings, and reworked mini portraits for characters

Preorder of the new expansion is already available at the Kalypso Store for $9.95, a 17% discount. Players can also wishlist it on Steam.

Railway Empire has players come up with their very own rail network through a combination of trains, railway stations, maintenance buildings, factories, and even tourist attractions. Besides structures, players need to make sure that there is enough manpower to keep the train service efficient. Upgrades on trains and infrastructures are available using more than 300 technologies. Players also must make railways profitable and beat up to three rivals. In defeating other tycoons, players may choose to use less than “nice” tactics options like industrial espionage or sabotage.

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