Devolver Digital has announced a new management sim game called Weedcraft Inc that’s all about growing and selling marijuana.
Weedcraft Inc‘s debut trailer is certainly one of the strangest game trailers we’ve seen in quite some time. The bulk of its opening is comprised of real-life footage featuring celebrities and politicians talking about – or simply smoking – marijuana. It feels like Devolver is trying to showcase just what a hot topic marijuana is these days, but the execution of this part of the trailer feels closer to a “meh” YouTube meme than something you would use to promote the release of an upcoming game.
As for the game itself…well, it’s fairly interesting.
“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,” reads the description of Weedcraft Inc‘s trailer. “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.”
Based on that description, it sounds like the weed you grow and sell in this game may not be entirely legal. So far as that goes, it sounds like growing and selling weed is really the least of your worries. Instead, it looks like the game is really all about building your empire through various means of influence and possibly even intimidation.
That all sounds kind of neat, but the trailer has us worried regarding the actual depth of this game. It feels like the title might follow a storyline, which suggests that you might not get a Sim City-like chance to really grow and expand a marijuana empire. Whether Weedcraft Inc ends up being good enough for whatever it is may be up for debate until the game’s 2019 PC release date.
Matthew Byrd is a staff writer for Den of Geek. He spends most of his days trying to pitch deep-dive analytical pieces about Killer Klowns From Outer Space to an increasingly perturbed series of editors. You can read more of his work here or find him on Twitter at @SilverTuna014.