Publisher Paradox Interactive has announced that it has acquired management title Academia: School Simulator from developer Squeaky Wheel Studio. As its portfolio of titles in the genre grows, it has also kicked off its first-ever Management Weekend Steam sale.
Academia: School Simulator puts players in charge of designing, building, and managing their own high school. You'll need to micromanage your staff, ensure you have the best professors you can afford, and decide between giving your students the proper facilities, from classrooms that suit their needs to toilets, so they don't have to run outside and scramble to find bushes when nature inevitably calls.
Developer Squeaky Wheel Studio worked on Academia: School Simulator under the leadership of former CEO Ryan Sumo, who was responsible for Prison Architect's recognizable art style. The latter title also became part of Paradox Interactive's portfolio in 2019, when it was acquired from original developer Introversion Software.
The Management Weekend Steam sale kicks off today, March 24, and lasts until March 28, giving players five days to purchase a number of different titles at cheaper prices. Cities: Skylines, Surviving Mars, and Prison Architect will be discounted by 80%. Academia: School Simulator will have 30% slashed off of its base price while Surviving the Aftermath is getting a free weekend.
The publisher has also provided a set of stats for its management titles, revealing that 1.5 million users are playing them each month. Cities: Skylines has reached 37 million hours played as it celebrated its 7th anniversary, 2 billion colonists made it to the Red Planet in Surviving Mars, while 40 million inmates managed to escape confinement in Prison Architect.
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