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Aven Colony

Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Genre: Strategy
Publisher: Team 17
Developer: Mothership Entertainment
Release Date: July 25, 2017

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'Aven Colony' Content Update Adds Hovercars, Space Elevators, New Map, And More

by Rainier on Sept. 1, 2017 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT

Aven Colony is a city-building and management sim that tells the story of humanity's first settlement of an extrasolar world.

A gripping, rich simulation of an alien colony, Aven Colony allows you to build, customise, and maintain your settlement within Aven Prime, a hostile extra-terrestrial world full of deserts, tundras, and wetlands light-years from earth.

Dive in to an extensive dedicated single-player campaign, where you’ll need to brave Aven Prime’s harsh environments with freezing winters, lightning storms, ice storms, and toxic gas clouds. Prepare for attacks from the local lifeforms, including giant acid-spewing sandworms, “creep spores” that infect your buildings, and “plague spores” that infiltrate your colony and infect your colonists with a deadly plague. You must protect your colony from everything the planet has to throw at them, and shape the future of the survival of the human race.

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 the single player content can also be explored in sandbox mode which allows players to tailor a full suite of options to customise the game experience including editing the starting resources, environmental events, minerals, and much more!

This update brings a brand new transportation system to Aven Colony: hovercars!

The new Hovercar Station building automatically links to any other Hovercar Stations you build nearby.  Now, you can not only solve your colonists' commute problems, but you can do it in style, by giving them swanky levitating hovercar vehicles to fly all around the colony!

Content Drop 1 also brings a massive new Space Elevator.

While quite expensive, this elevator provides a literal stairway to heaven, connecting your colony all the way to outer space using a massive carbon nanotube cable.  The elevator that rides it massively increases your colony's storage capacity while also docking directly with the orbiting Colony Ship to allow you to bring in large numbers of new colonists.

There's also a new tool to help your colony deal with plague spores: the  Decontamination Unit!  Just place one of these next to one or more tunnel tiles, and  it will serve as a firewall, spraying a decontamination liquid that kills plague spore  microbes and disinfects any infected colonists.

On top of all that, there are 8 new decoration buildings that help you make your  colony even more beautiful while also improving morale.

Finally, this update also brings a brand new sandbox map: Serpent Isle!  This is a  beautiful desert island in the middle of Aven Prime's great northern sea, and is a  uniquely challenging colony location due to its relatively low levels of geothermal  vents and farmable cropland.  Look closely and you can spot a several creatures unique to this remote part of Aven Prime.

We also have a number of tuning tweaks and optimizations in this update.

We're also hard at work with the console team at Team17 to bring these improvements to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 as soon as possible.

Thank you for being part of the Aven Colony community, and we're looking forward to getting you even more big improvements in Content Drop 2!

Key Features

  • A rich simulation of an extraterrestrial colony, with resource gathering and management, technological research, food cultivation and manufacturing, trade, morale, social policies, and more.
  • Dozens of different buildings with unique functions and impacts.
  • A fully functional day/night cycle tied into Aven Prime’s seasons.
  • The world of Aven Prime fights back against human colonization with The Creep, an alien infection that can destroy your colony over time.
  • Environmental challenges including lightning storms, dust devils, giant sandworms, plague spores, deadly toxic gas emissions from geothermal vents, and shard storms.
  • Acquire alien artifacts and use their powers while learning the story of the civilization that once inhabited Aven Prime.

Aven Colony is available for £24.99 / $29.99 / 29,99€ in both digital and physical formats from select retailers.

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