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The Political Machine 2012 announced: join the US presidential election this summer


Sins of a Solar Empire publisher Stardock has announced that the 2012 version of its recurring presidential campaign strategy game, The Political Machine , will be available on "most digital distributors" this summer for $9.95 USD (about £6, if directly converted). The players are Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, Newt Gingrich, or a custom candidate, and the goal is to "win the hearts and minds of America's voters" against a human or AI opponent.

The Political Machine 2012 will feature topical national issues, such as gay rights and the war in Afghanistan, as well as regional issues to test your doublespeak on. Stardock says the updated game will also include UI, graphics, and gameplay improvements over the 2008 version, and "better support for updating the game issues based on new polling data even after the game is released." Stop by the official website for more screenshots and future updates.

So, will you "take back" America, as Romney has put it , attempt to overcome Santorum's internet rebranding , post a screenshot of your Ron Paul victory to Reddit, or fight for Obama's second term?

Tyler Wilde

Tyler has spent over 1,200 hours playing Rocket League, and slightly fewer nitpicking the PC Gamer style guide. His primary news beat is game stores: Steam, Epic, and whatever launcher squeezes into our taskbars next.