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"Your queen has set up home beneath a rotting log. She is fat, and vulnerable. Her first brood will need to move quickly if the colony is to survive. Their priority now is to find food, and there is plenty around; but there are other hungry creatures in the undergrowth. The workers will need to be vigilant."

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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.

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Missions are narrated from the perspective of a documentary film maker studying the ants, who offers intelligent insight into the goings-on of the colony and the undergrowth beyond. The primary game mode in early access is Formicarium, where you take ownership of a home colony of unique DNA-harvesting ants as they work to assimilate the desirable traits of their foes. You can upgrade them by playing one-off missions, sometimes with your home colony and sometimes with other ant species.

  • 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

Official Website: Eotugame.com

YouTube Channel: Youtube.com

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Dev Blog: Slugdisco.com

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Twitter: @slugdisco

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For those not familiar with it, Empires of the Undergrowth is a real-time strategy simulation / base management game about ants (and creatures that they encounter). The game tries to remain as close to nature as possible, with all the ants and other creatures based upon real world counterparts (apart from a single genetic experiment outlier). The events that occur in the game reflect the true everyday struggles of these tiny insects, leaving the player with an added appreciation of the worlds that exist under their feet.

The game went into Early Access on Steam in December 2017 and was very well received. So much so that we (a development team of three) were able to switch from it being a hobby project to a full-time endeavour. The plan was to finish the full game within 18 months from this point, but it soon became clear that the rush into early access had taken its toll on some of the game’s inner-workings and a lot of it needed to be pulled apart and fitted together again for things to continue smoothly. We put out a few small updates in that time to keep things fresh, but this is the first time we have released new environments, species, and fully narrated campaign scenarios since the launch.

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To mark the launch of the leafcutter update, we have also produced a new playable demo of the game. It’s a pretty chunky demo, featuring four remastered scenarios from the original demo, as well as a brand-new mission for the player to test out leafcutter ants. You can find the demo right here on indieDB: Indiedb.com

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Empires of the Undergrowth Enters Early Access

Empires of the Undergrowth Enters Early Access

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You’ve all been amazingly patient, understanding and supportive as we’ve worked through our list of tasks and solved our problems, but we are entirely...

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New Demo Build 0.05 Released

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Empires of the Undergrowth Win64 Demo - V0.202

Empires of the Undergrowth Win64 Demo - V0.202

Demo 8 comments

This demo includes 4 underground levels and a new level, The Crucible! Take control of the new leafcutter ants, gather leaves to raise a brood whilst...

Empires of the Undergrowth Win32 Demo - V0.202

Empires of the Undergrowth Win32 Demo - V0.202

Demo 3 comments

This demo includes 4 underground levels and a new level, The Crucible! Take control of the new leafcutter ants, gather leaves to raise a brood whilst...

Empires of the Undergrowth Linux Demo - V0.202

Empires of the Undergrowth Linux Demo - V0.202

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THIS IS THE LINUX VERSION OF THE DEMO. This demo includes 4 underground levels and a new level, The Crucible! Take control of the new leafcutter ants...

EotU Win64 Underground Demo 0.064

EotU Win64 Underground Demo 0.064

Demo 190 comments

Updates include improved trail mechanic, re-balanced levels and optimisations (more ants!). Windows 64-bit Empires of the Undergrowth is a simulation...

EotU Win32 Underground Demo 0.064

EotU Win32 Underground Demo 0.064

Demo 22 comments

Updates include improved trail mechanic, re-balanced levels and optimisations (more ants!). Windows 32-bit Empires of the Undergrowth is a simulation...

EotU Win32 Underground Demo 0.0561 - New Level

EotU Win32 Underground Demo 0.0561 - New Level

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This version includes multiple updates, please see the version 0.05 video to see what has changed. New Level, new enemy, updated graphics, updated controls...

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My wife's new hobby is ant collecting. So I brought this for her off GOG a few weeks back. She loves it and is still playing it. Very good job, Well done!

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Nice! Had that idea myself already, it looks like my dreams came true :)
I'd only love to see the ants climbing on bigger insects, that always looks devastating in reality.

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GG

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How do I download Empires of The Undergrowth?

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Everything listed underneath the "files" category,Is downloadable.Do note some are older then others,Usually files at the top are the newest.It is also on the program known as steam in which you can buy it and recieve the most updated experience.Everything that is here are demos and old stuff.

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It's like a remade SimAnt. Colour me interested!

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RT @EcosystemGame: A school of fish swimming in the shallows for this week's #screenshotsaturday. They seem to have evolved to be quit… T.co

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Time for another live stream as we continue our dive into extra missions! Join me! #ue4 #IndieDevT.co

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A short stream today continuing work on the Hold Out style map I have been working on. #ue4 #livestream #GameDev Twitch.tv

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The jump point is finally giving paths of equal length to the A*. This would be great if the ants just needed to fi… T.co

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