Niche Spotlight – Graveyard Keeper: Medieval Capitalism via Mortuary Science

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Publisher tinyBuild Games and developer Lazy Bear Games are working on an interesting simulator game – one where you’re the literal groundskeeper in a medieval cemetery.

Titled simply Graveyard Keeper, the new simulation game has you entering the role of an unsuspecting groundskeeper in your local graveyard. Featured above, you can view the announcement trailer for the game, which is set for a release sometime this summer across Windows PC, Mac, Linux, and Xbox One.

Some of the key things to take away from the upcoming sim are the choices you’ll have to make in expanding your mortuary business: do you respect the dead entirely, or do you sell off things like blood or limbs to the highest bidder?

The clear goal is to make a thriving business off the literal backs of the dead, so it’s up to you to decide how you rake in that income while furthering your filthy capitalist greed. The developers are also looking for people to test the game’s alpha, which you can sign up for here.

Here’s a rundown on the game:

Graveyard Keeper is the most inaccurate medieval cemetery management sim of the year. Build & manage your own graveyard while finding shortcuts to cut costs, expand into entertainment with witch-burning festivals, and scare nearby villagers into attending church. This is a game of capitalism and doing whatever it takes to build a thriving business.

Key Features:

  • Face ethical dilemmas. Do you really want to spend money on that proper hotdog meat for the festival when you have so many resources lying around?
  • Gather valuable resources & craft new items. Expand your Graveyard into a thriving business, go ahead and gather valuable resources scattered in the surrounding areas, and explore what this land has to offer.
  • Make business alliances. These dead bodies don’t need all that blood, do they? Why not sell it to someone who can put it to good use. Same for body parts. Hey, it’s being efficient with recycling!
  • Explore mysterious dungeons. No medieval game would be complete without these. Take a trip into the unknown and find useful new ingredients which may or may not poison a whole bunch of nearby villagers. Capitalism.

You can find Graveyard Keeper here on Steam for Windows PC, Mac, and Linux.

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Brandon Orselli


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