The wonderfully named Slug Disco Studios have announced that their ant-stounding ant colony strategy game, Empires of the Undergrowth, will be releasing on Steam Early Access next week.
Having previously gained funding via the popular crowd funding platform Kickstarter, Empires of the Undergrowth is an RTS that overthrows the genre’s traditions by introducing players to the chaotic life of leading an ant colony, from its humble beginnings all the way to its utter dominance of the Mr McGregor’s garden and all of the creatures that make their home within it.
In order to establish your colony as the queens of undergrowth, you must dig through the earth, build tunnels and chambers, hunt for food and raise large armies of loyal ants in order to succeed. However, there’s more to running a successful colony than scrounging around in the cool, dark earth. Above ground, you need to send your ants on long missions, far from the nest to secure and defend lucrative resources.
The game, inspired by such classics as Dungeon Keeper and Will Wright’s SImAnt, will feature a fully-fledged campaign mode, one entirely narrated from the perspective of a documentary film maker studying the ants, offering players an intelligent insight into the comings-and-goings of the colony and underground life in general. For the time being, the primary mode available to early adopters will be Formicarium, where you take ownership of a laboratory colony of unique DNA-harvesting ants as they work to assimilate the desirable traits of their foes.
Empires of the Undergrowth will be available for purchase on Steam on December 1. You can find a link to its store page right here.
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