Become a marijuana mogul with Devolver’s Weedcraft Inc

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Devolver Digital has unveiled a game called Weedcraft Inc, which will be the first tycoon game set in the burgeoning legalised marijuana industry.

Under development by Vile Monarch, and due to arrive on PC only in 2019, Devolver describes it thus: “Weedcraft Inc explores the business of producing, breeding and selling weed in America, delving deep into the financial, political and cultural aspects of the country’s complex relationship with this troublesome and promising plant. Would-be Mary Jane moguls will need to prioritize resources carefully as they manage the production and distribution of their weed.

“Cultivate killer plants, cross-breed them to create unique strains of the devil’s lettuce, hire and manage a growing staff, and be prepared to take on the competition. As in real life, the business of bud presents plenty of opportunity along with a plethora of problems. Decide when and where to take on extra risk to maximize profit, but be careful, the cops and politicians are all working their own angles.”

As the trailer above suggests, Weedcraft Inc should display a pretty anarchic brand of humour. And although it follows in a great tradition of drug-tycoon games (such as 1984’s Drugwars, it’s highly likely to draw some controversial commentary from the more conservative wings of the national press. For more information, keep an eye on Weedcraft Inc’s website.

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Steve Boxer has been writing about videogames since the early 1990s. His first console was an Atari VCS, and he misspent most of his youth in the 1980s in the arcades. As well as for Green Man Gaming, he can be found writing for The Guardian, Empire, TechRadar and Pocket-Lint. He’s currently having trouble deciding whether his favourite console is his Xbox One X or his Switch, and plays a wide range of games, but especially RPGs (he loves a good JRPG) action-adventure titles, shooters of all descriptions and driving games. Follow him here.