Despite the Crisis and an inefficient, bureaucratic government, Axia is still a place where small pockets of commercial innovation persist.
Local entrepreneurs are developing new technologies, while others find ways to benefit society and the environment. Many of those can be lucrative new opportunities for the right investor.
In Crisis: The New Economy these new opportunities are represented by 15 new Company cards. These are shuffled together and 5-8 of them are randomly chosen. Their equivalent replacements are then removed from the game, and Setup proceeds as in the base game.
The new Companies add more variability and replayability. They offer new avenues to money and VP as well as resources. The expansion also includes a variant for players that want a game with quicker access to the 5th Manager token.