Build a New Home for Humanity in Aven Colony, Out Tomorrow on PS4

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Build a New Home for Humanity in Aven Colony, Out Tomorrow on PS4

The cities of the future are under your control as you defend humanity from the guardians of a lost civilization.

Aven Colony is a city-building strategy game about mankind’s first colony on a moon orbiting a gas giant ten light-years from earth called “Aven Prime.” You assume the role of the Governor of humanity’s first colonies outside the solar system. Your goal is to build and protect one small, vulnerable human settlement at a time, and grow each one into a sprawling and prosperous sci-fi metropolis.

We knew from the outset that we wanted to take Aven Colony to some interesting new places that standard city-builders don’t usually go.

While we wanted the core gameplay loop to feel familiar to fans of the city-builder genre, we also wanted to explore new features rarely seen in city-builders, such as a full single-player campaign and a number of sci-fi elements beyond what could typically be done with a modern city in modern times.

We particularly wanted to explore themes of survival and all of the science-fiction aspects of a future version of humanity landing on an alien world, learning its secrets, and discovering the traces of a vanished alien civilization.

Beginning with the Hyla’s Crescent campaign mission, the Aven Expedition begins to discover awesomely powerful artifacts left behind by the mysterious species that once inhabited this world. After collecting an artifact, storing it at an Artifact Containment Unit, and then researching the artifact at a Research Center, you’ll be able to use it to produce powerful effects to help your colony.

There are several varieties of artifact, including the Shielding Artifact, which will temporarily protect your colony from external threats, such as shard storms, creep spores, and plague spores.

However, the long-lost denizens of Aven Prime, whoever they were, certainly didn’t leave their valuable goodies lying around unprotected… and those protections still linger.

Once your colony is large enough, you can also build an Expedition Center to send your colonists exploring outside the colony. Each Expedition Center will allow you to load up to 10 colonists into an expedition ship, which you can then send out into the surrounding countryside to find and collect abandoned cargo pods, place agricultural scanners, chase down rebels, explore alien ruins, and much more.

Among the various points of interest that your expedition ships can discover are robotic remnants of the civilization that once inhabited this world, known as “Guardians.” If your expedition crews survive the encounter with the ship intact, they can sometimes recover an artifact from the vicinity of the Guardian. In other cases, ancient ruins that dot the landscape will also hold artifacts that your expedition ships can carry back to the colony to install, research, and activate.

However, once you begin to retrieve artifacts and encounter guardians in your expeditions, some of these robots will initiate automatic attack sequences and attempt to locate the colony.

Aven Colony avoids massive, city-destroying mega-disasters in favor of various smaller environmental threats that aren’t likely to permanently damage your colony if handled properly. Shard storms, sandworms, water worms, creep spores, plague spores, and the huge, noxious clouds of toxic gas that can erupt from geothermal vents all look fairly terrifying, but none of these are very likely to annihilate a well-built colony.

The Guardian, however, is an exception to this rule. Arriving in an update coming shortly after launch, the Guardian will happily initiate the auto-attack sequence programmed by its long-forgotten creators and use its massive laser to cut through your colony like a knife through butter. If you don’t have a few Plasma Turrets scattered around your colony to take it down, your colony may not survive long enough to tell the tale.

Note that the chance of this occurring depends on the game difficulty setting in campaign missions, or the environmental event frequency sandbox setting for sandbox maps. At the easiest settings, it’s possible that you’ll never see a Guardian attack your colony at all. Playing any Sandbox mission with environmental events turned off will turn Aven Colony into a pure city-builder and management sim.

For us at Mothership Entertainment, Aven Colony is only the start of the journey, and evolving the city-builder into a new form is only the first step. We hope this post has showed a few of the rarely-seen aspects of Aven Colony that truly set it apart.

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  • Can´t find it in the Playstation Store.

    • Title says it comes out tomorrow. Guess there is no preorder option.

    • It isn’t available until 8/1, the “tomorrow” is incorrect. If you have Prime you can get 20% off by preordering or buying within the first 2 weeks of release.

  • Wonder what PS4 Pro enhancements are.

  • Any explanation why my amazon pre-order of the retail version now says coming out Aug 1st?

    • Nick, read my other post.

    • TinCannEd, you are incorrect. It is not available to pre-order on PS4. It is available as of August 1st. Don’t lie to cover your mistakes.

    • @ freefalling101, I got MY information straight from one of the Devs @ Mothership Entertainment, so I DO know what I am talking about.

      The North American PS Store that is the ONLY one to not have the game up for pre-order. The EU store has it (July 25 Release), The Xbox Store has it (An even Earlier Release of uly 24, 2017, 8:00:00 PM), and Steam has it up with a (July 25 release, as well).

      So don’t going saying someone is wrong before checking your facts first.

  • Thanks guys, iv been watching this game for a while. Really want to give it a try. Seems hard to find a city building game that is fun anymore.

  • Yeah, the North American Store has not been doing it’s job putting games up for pre-order.

    Also, Paul Tozour, you for got to mention that it is ONLY the Digital version that releases on July 25, 2017. The Physical Versions have been delayed a week, to August 1, 2017, due to issues getting supply to the Retailers.

  • insectmouthnoise

    There’s never been a link to preorder a digital version so I decided to go for a physical copy a few weeks ago.. The other day, Amazon bumped the release date to August 1st. So how is it possible to play it tomorrow?

  • Strange – the Xbox version (the bundle, actually) is available for pre-order now and at a discount. What’s up PlayStation??

  • It is not available tomorrow, even for digital pre-order. Your article is wrong. Shame on you, buddy. You got me excited for nothing.

  • The article didn’t mention preordering the game on PS4. They only say that tomorrow is when it releases. Everything they said is technically correct even though the information needs to be clarified more. NA PSN doesn’t have a preorder option for the game, that doesn’t stop the game from releasing. The digital version releases on the 25th. The physical version was delayed until the 1st of Aug.

  • Dunno why anyone would buy this when Cities Skylines is coming out next month.

    • Probably because I’ve played cities skylines on my PC for over 100 hours already and im a big fan of sci-fi city building. Plus, its only $30.

  • I’m wary because although I like building things (or decorating) like HOME apartments and BIG CITY STORIES I didn’t care for FARMING SIMULATOR. Still, based on what little I know from YouTube videos, this is worth a shot. I’m happy to have pre-ordered it from Amazon.

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