Outlanders tries to fill a particular niche that might very well lead to its success when it launches on Steam in early 2023: no fighting. That's right, Outlanders is a city builder where there are no raids, wars, or combat in it. This is different from other city builders like Farthest Frontier where they only offer a mode that doesn't have combat. Instead of having to worry about bandits or enemy soldiers, you'll be tasked with managing resources, constructing new buildings, and providing food and shelter for the inhabitants of Outlands.
The city builder's campaign will offer increasingly complex mission-based levels that have their own specific completion criteria. They'll introduce a new town leader and population each time, which gives players a more focused gameplay loop and should give both newcomers and veterans ample opportunity to learn everything there is to learn in Outlanders.
If you think you're a top-notch city builder, you'll be able to try out the game's sandbox mode, which will let players create themed towns, achieve their own goals, and manage their own population their way. The game requires players to balance building supplies and food sources while protecting nature around them, so achieving success might be trickier than you think.
Originally, Outlanders was released on Apple Arcade. The game's Steam release will provide PC players with a new UI that "ensures each action is only a few clicks away." That's definitely ideal, as a poor UI in a city builder in particular would almost certainly be a death knell for the game's prospects. After all, who would want to play a city builder with a poor UI when there are so many other options out there? Unlikely enough for it to matter.
Regardless, if you'd like to keep up to date with the game, be sure to follow its Twitter, website, and Discord pages. For more information on Outlanders and other interesting city builders, stay tuned to TechRaptor.