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Managing an Ant colony in the style of a real-time strategy you say? Well then Empires of the Undergrowth [itch.io, Steam, Official Site] has my attention.

Empires of the Undergrowth was funded on Kickstarter back in 2016, where they managed to gain £18,087 in funding. I completely missed this back then, so when I discovered it on Steam and itch recently I was pretty excited by it.

The developer has just recently announced that it will enter Early Access on December 1st with a new trailer:

About the game:

Empires of the Undergrowth is an ant colony management game, in a fast-paced real-time strategy style. The player excavates their nest underground, constructing tunnels and chambers to store food and raise brood. On the surface, the ants claim territory, gather resources, overwhelm fearsome arachnids and clash with other colonies. Nest design, army size, composition and attack timing are key to securing victory.

Features:

  • Carve out and construct your underground nest to suit your strategy
  • Engage in fast-paced colony versus colony combat above ground
  • Play as different ant species and explore their unique traits and weaknesses
  • Encounter and overpower dangerous beetles, arachnids and other awesome arthropods
  • Grow your pet formicarium over time by completing missions

Looks like it could be pretty amusing, so it's gone straight to the top of my watch list. The developer said they plan to remain in Early Access for 8-12 months to engage with the community some more. The game as a whole is way behind their original schedule too, as they originally release a demo back in 2016 and the game has evolved a lot since then.

6 Likes, Who?
Geppeto35 20 November 2017 at 3:24 pm UTC
super nice, reminds SimAnt on my old appleplus XD
Probably related to the very good "Empire of the Ants" Bernanrd Werber's (nice) novel
Tchey 20 November 2017 at 4:22 pm UTC
The itchio version was/is quite fun but very shallow, i will keep a eye on its development for sure.
razing32 20 November 2017 at 8:34 pm UTC
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Hmm. It reminds me of another ant game that was planned but the rumor was the team spent the money on strippers. No joke.

Glad we get an ant colony sim. I think the last one was ... gee....AntSim all the while back.
Philadelphus 20 November 2017 at 8:46 pm UTC
Finally people are getting around to making the Sim Ant remakes I've been wanting for ten years. We've got multiple Sim Tower-alikes to choose from (though I haven't actually tried any), now we just need a good Sim Farm remake and my childhood will be complete.
Ari El Uno 21 November 2017 at 1:59 am UTC
It reminds me about Swarm Assault.
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