Today, Team17, known most notably for their iconic Worms series, announced a partnership with US indies, Mothership Entertainment to publish the sci-fi city-builder, Aven Colony.
Aven Colony has already been in the making for almost 4 years by a studio formed of industry veterans, some of whom had a hand in creating titles like Fable 2, Dungeon Siege: Legends of Aranna and Star Wars: The Old Republic to name a few. Paul Tozour, Founder of Mothership Entertainment had this to say;
“We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with Team17 and bring Aven Colony to PS4 and Xbox One. Team17 shares our values and our passion for serving the customer. The itch.io beta has helped our tiny 4-person team engage with the community and grow the game significantly as we build toward some big new features we plan to unveil in the coming months. The Team17 partnership will help us grow that community even further and allow us to serve console customers in a way that we could never have done alone.”
Debbie Bestwick, MBE, CEO of Team17 added;
“The talented team at Mothership Entertainment have been incredibly focused on delivering a solid, fun and unique city-building experience with Aven Colony. As we continue our global expansion, we’ve spent a lot of time looking for the right partners and they’re definitely the right fit so we’re delighted that they are the second US team to join Team17’s games label. We’re excited to work with them and contribute our wealth of expertise in bringing the game to PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4, as Mothership Entertainment have created such a fantastic game that deserves to be shared far and wide.”
So what is Aven Colony? Well the press release gives this summary; Set on Aven Prime, an alien world of deserts, tundras and wetlands light-years from Earth, Aven Colony is a rich simulation of an extra-terrestrial colony. Build, customise and maintain your settlement, manage your resources, encounter a variety of alien life forms and look after your citizens – all while dealing with the challenges of life in an entirely new solar system. Will your plucky settlers survive and prosper on this exotic alien world, and uncover its many secrets?
Featuring a dedicated mission objective system which gradually introduces colony management during the campaign mode, Aven Colony welcomes and enables both novice and experienced players alike to acclimatise to life on Aven Prime. Advance from Colony Governor through the ranks to achieve the prestigious title of Expedition President. There’s also an in-depth sandbox mode with a variety of unique maps to choose from and a full suite of options to customize the game experience.
All in all, Aven Colony looks to be shaping up pretty nicely. Although there’s no confirmed launch date as of yet, we’ll keep a close eye on when Aven Colony launches on Xbox One sometime in Q2 2017.
In the mean time, the Aven Colony beta is available through itch.io.