Supreme Ruler 2020

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Supreme Ruler 2020
Supreme Ruler 2020 Coverart.png
Cover art
Developer(s) BattleGoat Studios
Publisher(s) Paradox Interactive
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows
  • EU: June 17, 2008
  • NA: July 1, 2008
Genre(s) Strategy
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

Supreme Ruler 2020 is a grand strategy computer wargame developed by BattleGoat Studios and published by Paradox Interactive. The game was released on June 17, 2008 and is a sequel to Supreme Ruler 2010. In the game, the player controls all aspects of a region's government attempts to unite a world of fragmented states.[1] On December 23, 2008 BattleGoat Studios released an expansion pack for the game titled Global Crisis. A Gold Edition of the game containing both the core game and the expansion pack was released on September 18, 2009.


Supreme Ruler 2020
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 67.75[2]
Metacritic 65[3]
Review scores
Publication Score B- [4]
GameSpot 4.5/10 [5]
IGN 7.8/10 [6]
Game Industry News 4/5 [7]
Gamers Daily News 8.7/10 [8]
HonestGamers 9/10 [9]
Armchair General 79/100 [10]

The game allows players to choose either Scenarios with a defined scope and objective, or a Campaign "Sandbox" mode where there are no pre-determined victory conditions. There are over 250 playable regions simulated in the game. The player controls the economies, the militaries, research, government spending, spy operations (including the launching of satellites), and diplomacy. The player decides what military units to build, what facilities to build, how much or how little of a resource to produce, and also sets government policies in areas such as finance and social services. Diplomatic options include alliances, treaties, and trades of resources and technologies. The player can lead his people in technological advances and social reforms including globalization, free trade, renewable resources, biotechnology, nanotechnology, robotics, cyborg engineering and neural interface.

Supreme Ruler 2020 generally operates as a real time strategy game, though players are able to pause the game or change the game speed. The military element of the game is played through battalion-sized units represented on the game map, that can be controlled and given orders using the mouse individually or through groupings. Optionally players may leave unit initiative turned on, which will allow the AI to control military units for the player.

The player may also use Cabinet Ministers to assist with the operation of their regions, through the use of a Minister-priorities system and an in-game email system.

Multiplayer is available in LAN or Internet play for up to 16 players.


Supreme Ruler 2020 has many improvements over BattleGoat Studios's first title Supreme Ruler 2010, including improved graphics, sound and AI.[11]


The latest released official update for Supreme Ruler 2020 Gold is 'Update 8' (version 6.8.1) and is available even to users who did not purchase the expansion pack . 'Update 8' incorporates the changes from the experimental 'Update 7' (version 6.7.63) which made some gameplay mechanics changes as well as the addition of new features.[12] 'Update 8' is the last planned update.[13]

Global Crisis Expansion[edit]

In December 2008 BattleGoat and Paradox released the Global Crisis Expansion Pack for Supreme Ruler 2020. This expansion featured additional content and improvements to the core game engine.[14]

Supreme Ruler 2020 Gold Edition[edit]

In 2009, Battlegoat Studios released a Gold Edition of Supreme Ruler 2020 including both the original game, as well as its expansion pack, Global Crisis.[15] The Gold Edition is multiplayer compatible with the expansion pack for the core game.


Most of the data files for Supreme Ruler 2020 are available in raw text format to accommodate modding. The user community has used this to create a number of mods for the game and even some third party utilities. A list of the current mods for the game is maintained on the Battlegoat Forum.[16]


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  4. ^ "Supreme Ruler 2020 Review for from". 2008-06-24. Retrieved 2010-08-06. 
  5. ^ Todd, Brett (2008-07-01). "Supreme Ruler 2020 Review for PC". GameSpot. Retrieved 2010-08-06. 
  6. ^ Butts, Steve (2008-06-27). "Supreme Ruler 2020 Review - PC Review at IGN". Retrieved 2010-08-06. 
  7. ^ "". Retrieved 2010-08-06. 
  8. ^ "GDN: Supreme Ruler 2020 Review - PC". Retrieved 2010-08-06. 
  9. ^ "Supreme Ruler 2020 review (PC)". HonestGamers. Retrieved 2010-08-06. 
  10. ^ "Supreme Ruler 2020 – PC Game Review". Armchair General. 2008-10-09. Retrieved 2010-08-06. 
  11. ^ "BattleGoat Studios - Advanced Tactical Strategy Games". Retrieved 2010-08-06. 
  12. ^ "BGForums - View Topic - Update 8 Announcement". Retrieved 2011-07-03. 
  13. ^ "BGForums - View Topic - Uyghuristan, Southern China, Inner Mongolia & Manchulia". Retrieved 2011-07-03. 
  14. ^ "BattleGoat Studios - Advanced Tactical Strategy Games". Retrieved 2010-08-06. 
  15. ^ "BattleGoat Studios - Advanced Tactical Strategy Games". Retrieved 2010-08-06. 
  16. ^ Battlegoat Forum

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