Studio Ghibli-inspired hotel management sim Hotel Galactic announced

Hotel Galactic

Indie developer Ancient Forge has announced Hotel Galactic, a new sci-fi hotel management sim inspired by Studio Ghibli films.

Hotel Galactic is in development for Windows PC (via Steam), Xbox, Switch, and PlayStation (specific Xbox and PlayStation platforms weren’t announced).

The game has a Kickstarter campaign planned to run next month starting on Tuesday, July 9th.

“Hotel Galactic is a massive step forward for all of us at Ancient Forge,” said Maksymilian Strezelecki, Ancient Forge Vice President and Technical Director. “It’s an idea that had been percolating for a couple of years in pre-production, as we took our time to make sure the design and all its constituent parts meshed well to create this beautiful, nostalgic world. The technical demands were substantial, but the end result is a dynamic, immersive experience that I’m proud to share.”

Ancient Forge CEO and creative director Dushan Chaciej added, “Hotel Galactic is the project that utilizes everything we’ve learned in the last ten years or so. We aimed to create a wholesome and engaging experience for players that love to watch their simulated little dudes end up in all kinds of weird situations. Personally, I can’t wait to see what the world thinks of what we’ve been working on for the past three years.”

Here’s a rundown on the game, plus its reveal trailer:

Hotel Galactic is a cozy management game where you transform a rundown intergalactic hotel into a thriving tourist destination. Inspired by the enchanting worlds of Studio Ghibli, Hotel Galactic blends wholesome nostalgia with modern fairy tale magic, ushering you into a new era of simulation games crafted by Ancient Forge.


  • Build Your Dream Hotel – Express your creative vision as you design and customize every aspect of your hotel. Use modular building mechanics to construct unique and dream-like structures. Renovate rooms, match furniture with your guests’ taste, and build the most beautiful retreat in the galaxy. Take care of all the elements, from the layout of rooms to the choice of the tiniest of decorations.
  • Keep the Cogs Turning – Optimize your hotel layout for the best flow, ensuring that both guests and staff get to their destination efficiently. Experienced players can strategically pick and choose the right items and decorations to meet the ever-evolving demands of a growing pool of visitors, constantly updating the hotel to stay ahead of trends and preferences. Set deliberate action priorities, create new tasks, drag n’ drop your peeps where you need them, and enjoy the show!
  • Live With the Island  – The hotel, envisioned by Grandpa Gustav, sits on a magical, floating island drifting through the vast expanse of space. Engage with the island’s ecosystem by harvesting the many odd resources scattered around the green fields, restore the pathway leading to the pasture, and populate it with new alien plants and cute animals. Collect various ingredients and produce, and turn them into tasty dishes using the unique Cooking System, all to be designed by you!
  • Make New Friends – Meet a cast of quirky and endearing characters, led by your ghostly guide, Grandpa Gustav. Hire and manage a diverse crew of alien companions, each with their own special abilities and traits. Watch generations of workers pass down their knowledge and skills to new members of your team, fostering a sense of unity. Forge friendships with your guests, learn their stories, and make your hotel feel like a true home.
  • Get Crafty – Use your smartest staff to craft and research new tools, equipment and technologies for the hotel’s development. Improve the pipelines and uncover new resources to make sure that you always have enough supplies for your crafting needs. Adapt the hotel to various kinds of guests, as each one will allow you to unlock different research branches. Later on, dive into the spooky underground complex to discover new materials, creatures and expand the construction space.

Embark on a magical journey to restore Hotel Galactic, making it a beloved destination for travelers far and wide. Embrace the creative process, experiment with new ideas, and watch as your hotel thrives under your care. Join us as we forge the new era of simulation games together.

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