Team 17 has signed up promising sci-fi city builder Aven Colony for release on multiple platforms. The game is currently available in beta form from itch.io and will release on PC via Steam, the new agreement will bring the game to both Xbox One and PlayStation 4 as well.
Aven Colony is the first game from Texan-based Mothership Entertainment, founded by Paul Tozour. Although its team is formed from industry veterans with experience across titles such as Fable 2, Metroid Prime 2: Echoes, Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, Star Wars: The Old Republic, City Conquest, MechWarrior 4: Vengeance, Dungeon Siege: Legends of Aranna.
The game has been in development since 2013 and is based on Unreal Engine 4. With both mission-based and campaign modes, this Sim City in space already offers a polished-looking strategic experience, even in its current beta form. PLayers need to build a colony, expand it, manage resources, deal with alien lifeforms and uncover the planet's secrets as they go.
Launch is only roughly set for Q2 2017 at present and is another more strategic title heading to console, alongside the more visceral charms of Halo Wars 2, which is spearheading the return of RTS to Xbox One.
“We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with Team17 and bring Aven Colony to PS4 and Xbox One,” said Paul Tozour, founder of Mothership Entertainment. “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.”