Time has come for a new update for King of Retail which will primarily focus on adding new articles as well as a few new features to the game.**
--- Electronics ---
First of all my great graphics artist have been working on expanding the electronics category to a whole new level. This means that a lot of new articles have been added to the game, mostly computers and accessories.
So now there are also laptops, monitors, keyboards and many other things that would go to a proper electronics store.
This is of course only a small selection, as the total number is over 150+ new articles, and even with some to be added later when certain implementations have been made.
--- Discounts ---
To top this off a much requested feature has been implemented.
You can now discount each display individually, meaning it's possible to create sales and discount areas and so on.
This also uses the poster system, so it's easy to see which displays are discounted, and which are not.
These can of course also be customized by posters of your own.
--- Parcel Companies ---
I am also beginning the steps of adding some more flesh to the campaign experience itself. Initially this is done by adding various parcel companies to the game. In the current build, all of your articles are delivered when your store opens. This will become more of a luxury after this patch, as each delivery company will have its pros and cons.
They can now be late, forget some of your articles, deliver at specific hours, carry different amounts and some might not allow extra deliveries. The better companies are more expensive to make a deal with, so find a solution that isn't too costly for your current business.
You can find this inside your HQ.
Those of you already playing campaign mode might want to negotiate thias as soon as possible, as it now contains limitations on the amount of articles that is delivered.
--- Negotiating system ---
To do this I decided for an improved negotiation system. This will also feature in some of the future implementations as well.
--- Minor Changes ---
- Article advertisements
Basically already added to the game, as it got uploaded in a hotfix. But it's now possible at your office to advertise specific articles in the magazine, creating a hype to try and boost the sales for that particular one.
- Talent speeds
Some mentioned that it was too easy to get highly talented staff in high population areas. So now this has been taken into account, making it require more actions from your staff to increase in level when populations are higher.
- Adding day when leaving game
There has also been a persisting bug that added an extra day if you left the game while in the store. This should also not be happening any more.
- Proper use of exits
The AI's should be better at using the proper entrance and exits now.
--- Community ---
The discord is becoming a more and more active place to be, with many contributing of various kind. It's very humbling to see all of this energy you are using to create various stuff.
For instance we have this amazing tutorial on how to use the ingame poster system.
Both in English
and in German
I have also seen some interesting stores being made. Some of them even push the possibilities much further than I thought possible, so it's a true pleasure to see the love that have gone into them, and I thought I would share them with the rest of you :)
This image is from a player that has taken the employee management to the next level.
Also a very generous discord user has also taken up the challenge and translated the game into Italian as well, so this language will also be featured from now on.
If you also want to join the Discord, you can do so here:
**This was the news regarding this update. I can say that we are already preparing new shoes for the next one, as well as again planning new and exciting features for you to enjoy.
Until next time, have a great sale.