Aven Colony puts you in charge of a colony on an alien planet lights year away from Earth. Team17 is now publishing it and bringing it to new platforms.
We can barely keep our terrestrial settlements in order (and in a lot of cases, we just can’t), but you can trust humanity to shoot off to alien planets and ruin them. While we’re probably a long time away from such adventures in real life, Aven Colony puts you (yes you) in charge of your own such colony.
While the game has been in development since 2013, it appears to be barrelling towards release with a more confident release window of Q2 2017. Team17, the game’s newfound publisher, has also expanded the game’s list of supported platforms from just PC to PS4 and Xbox One. This has been made possible by Team17 putting their own internal dev studio at work on the console ports, leaving developers Mothership Entertainment to focus on the PC game.
Aven Colony looks quite in-depth with its city simulation. According to the devs, you can expect “oxygen propagation, habitation, employment, electricity and power generation, mining, crime, food cultivation, limited inventory, water, and much more.” Then on top of that, there’s alien infections, a morale system, social policies, and even a narrative to follow. The narrative has you investigating the presence of ancient civilisation that once inhabited Aven Prime, the planet you’re colonising.
Aven Colony is expected to release on Steam later this year. Seeing as the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions share the same release window, they will likely launch alongside the PC release. If you’re a bit of the impatient persuasion, you can dive right into the game’s beta over at Itch.io for a discounted price of $24.99. If you buy the beta, you’ll get the full version via Itch.io when it comes out, but no Steam key.