Victoria 3 devs on handling slavery in a historical strategy game

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Victoria 3 devs on handling slavery in a historical strategy game

Victoria 3 is an ambitious game, a long-awaited sequel that aims to simulate the entire population of the world in the 1800s. In a recent blog post, the developers addressed their implementation of slavery in this grand strategy game in greater detail than they have before.

Lead developer Martin Anward posted the diary, making it clear that slavery is in no way glorified in Victoria 3. “Slavery is, obviously, a horrific crime against humanity and precisely for this reason, many games that have a slavery-related setting or mechanics will either leave it out of the game or abstract it”, he wrote.

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The developers of Victoria 3 have chosen a different path, including enslaved people as population units in the game. “Through our Pop system we are trying to represent every individual human on the planet from 1836,” wrote Anward, “so what statement would we be making if we simply wrote all enslaved individuals out of history, or reduced them into an abstract set of modifiers?”

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