Moonshiners Game Drops Discovery Channel Tie-in, Becomes Moonshine Inc

Moonshine Inc. (announced initially as Moonshiners: The Game) is an isometric economic simulator with RPG elements, in which you will develop your character, hire multiple companions, and build your moonshining empire from the ground up. A group of experts in the field of physical chemistry and economics is involved in the production. Thanks to their help Klabater development team has built a credible economic model for trading in illegal alcohol and accurately reproduced the chemical processes related to the fermentation and distillation. In addition, players will be captivated by an original story full of references to cult series and movies such as Breaking Bad or Ozark. For Moonshine Inc., the studio has also developed an innovative ‘Red Flag Police’ mechanic, which dynamically reacts to the player’s actions and, depending on the results of those, controls the behavior of the police and federal agents.

Initially, Klabater planned the game to be based on the Discovery’s Moonshiners TV show. Companies signed a license agreement in 2019, which allowed Klabater to work on the moonshining game and a more lifestyle production based on the Animal Planet TV format. This agreement was changed today – while Klabater is still developing the latter, the company recently returned the Moonshiners rights to Discovery and decided to change the name of the game.

“We came to the conclusion that a game project about the production and distribution of moonshine, in order to be commercially successful, must have an uncompromising approach to the subject, which often means a higher age threshold and the need to include content in the game aimed at mature players. Klabater’s vision for this game was always pretty bold and we really want to add some spiciness, both in the storyline and gameplay solutions. This could be a difficult process since Discovery is a huge TV company where some decisions need to be made by many people. But, we still agreed that it makes sense to work together on the Animal Planet game which is a much more accessible license.” – says Michał Gembicki, Joint-CEO at Klabater.

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