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City Growth in Ara: History Untold

A screenshot from Ara: History Untold of a large and prosperous city, comprised of many regions and improvements.

Today, we set our sights on the fascinating aspect of city growth, a pivotal element in growing your vast Nation. As a leader in Ara, you’ll witness the birth of new settlements, including your initial city, starting with a small group of citizens. But fear not; with each passing turn, your population naturally grows, igniting the spark of progress in your fledgling nation. With a growing population comes an increase in workers, the driving force behind your city’s productivity. Harness this labor pool by assigning workers to various Improvements, magnifying their yields and efficiencies.

Migration plays a significant role in city growth, with the goal of attracting more people than seeing them leave. By maintaining happiness and health, enacting sensible policies, and occasionally pampering your citizens, you can entice people from distant lands to join your nation. As your cities grow, you will notice various changes to the landscape, including additional homes and infrastructure being built. These tiny details breathe life into Ara’s Living World, allowing each city to feel unique in its design.

Players can build specific Improvements to help manage population growth. For instance, a newly constructed City Hall will raise your immigration level, while Granaries and Hospitals increase your city’s birth rate. For ambitious players seeking rapid population growth, the power of crafting comes into play. Crafted goods, such as Wine or Jewelry, can temporarily elevate a city’s birth rate, providing a strategic advantage in shaping your empire’s trajectory.

A screenshot of the available buildable zones from the City menu in Ara: History Untold.

Resource management is the cornerstone of an enduring Nation. Larger cities will consume more food per turn, and newly established cities demand well-planned improvements to avoid excess emigration. As expanding cities require ample room to grow, players must balance the need for more land (and more improvements) with the need to upgrade and enhance their existing Improvements. Striking the right balance between expanding and upgrading is a delicate dance of resource management and the key to ensuring your Nation’s long and healthy existence.

A screenshot from Ara: History Untold of a large and prosperous city, comprised of many regions and improvements.

Stay tuned as we reveal more about Ara: History Untold in the coming weeks!