Prime Minister Forever – Canada 2011: Almost Ready

Quick update on PM4E Canada 2011’s status: it’s almost ready for initial release.

What to expect: an initial release this week. Then, we’ll update the game, adding features and content as the election progresses, probably right up until the election.

Some new features over 2008:

– Completely new game engine.

– Detailed party seat breakdown according to strength of support.

– Timed game: set a per turn timer for hot-seat human players.

– Minority government resolution: will the NDP and Bloc work with a Conservative minority? if not, the Governor-General will award the government to the Liberals.

– Turn parties off: want to see what the election would be like without the Greens, for example (or any other party)? Turn them off, and give the scenario a spin.

– Campaign attributes: leaders have not only personal attributes (Leadership, Experience, and so on), but also campaign attributes (Ads Strength, Spin Strength, Polling Strength, and so on).

– Local scandals: dig up dirt on not just your opponent’s national campaign, but on local candidates as well … and then fan the flames into nation-wide scandal coverage.

– Seat swing info: look at how many seats you’re projected to take compared with the last sitting of Parliament, and which incumbents you’re going to dethrone.

– High-score bonuses: defeat high-profile candidates in ridings, and gain extra high-score bonuses.

– New ads system: target ads to the national, regional, or local levels, and run them accordingly.

– Issue positions expanded from 5 to 7: be the ideologue you always wanted to be.

– and more

More news soon …

19 Responses to Prime Minister Forever – Canada 2011: Almost Ready

  1. Deep April 13, 2011 at 5:56 pm #

    Is there a firm date set for the release now?

    Thank you,

  2. anthony_270admin April 13, 2011 at 6:07 pm #

    No – it should be released this week, though, barring any major problems.

  3. Dan April 13, 2011 at 6:19 pm #

    Are any of these features going to be in President forever 2012? When’s the release date about?

  4. anthony_270admin April 13, 2011 at 6:22 pm #

    Yes, a lot of these features will be in P4E12. P4E12’s release date hasn’t been set – a minimal Beta should be released in the next few months.

  5. Chris April 13, 2011 at 11:20 pm #

    Sounds fantastic – can’t wait! You guys are the best!

  6. Kevin April 14, 2011 at 12:04 am #

    I couldn’t agree more!

  7. Kevin April 14, 2011 at 12:06 am #

    Will these features also be in Australia 2011?

  8. anthony_270admin April 14, 2011 at 12:09 am #

    Yes, Canada and Australia’s game engines will be similar.

  9. Kevin April 14, 2011 at 12:12 am #

    Cool, and thanks for such a quick reply.

  10. Catlin April 15, 2011 at 3:41 pm #

    Hey Anthony,

    Is there a new ETA for PM4E 2011? I am starting to get very antsy with excitement and have been waiting patiently since Tuesday lol. I understand that hiccups can occur in computer programming, just thought I’d check in.


  11. anthony_270admin April 15, 2011 at 4:27 pm #

    Hi Catlin,

    No change. As said on Wednesday, it should be released this week. Right now, I’m fine-tuning the voter conversion model, and then I’ll update save-load. Once these two things are done, it will be released, barring any major problems. My guess is April 16 or 17. Thanks for your patience on this – once it’s released, features and updates for the election will continue to be added.

  12. Bobby April 15, 2011 at 8:17 pm #


    One of my few criticisms of the latest game engine is that there always seems to be an unrealistically high number of undecided voters. Is this going to be the case for this game?

  13. anthony_270admin April 15, 2011 at 8:22 pm #

    Hi Bobby, thanks for the feedback – undecideds in PM4E Canada 2011 start at 20%, and then usually drop significantly as the election gets closer, but the trajectory is based on what happens during the election (high levels of negative campaigning tend to increase undecideds). Once the game is released, your feedback on this is greatly appreciated.

  14. Matt April 16, 2011 at 1:54 pm #

    Totally stupid question, and I’m assuming it is, but I haven’t been able to find this info on the site and I’m just making sure – PM4E will be ok for Windows 7 right?

  15. Matty April 16, 2011 at 8:51 pm #

    Any projected release date?

  16. anthony_270admin April 16, 2011 at 9:20 pm #

    Hi Matt, PM4E Canada 2011 is compatible with Windows 7.

  17. Odude22 April 17, 2011 at 3:00 pm #

    Will there be a Candidate Editor released?

  18. anthony_270admin April 17, 2011 at 3:05 pm #

    Yes. Not sure when, though.

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