During the last few weeks we’ve been able to really crack on with the fire ant update. After the long and arduous process that was re-designing the game’s movement code from the ground up, we’re really glad to be concentrated nearly solely on our Solenopsis invicta ants and all the accompanying flora and fauna that will bring them to life. As is always the case when we add a new formicarium tier to the game, there are several new systems that have to be designed and those are also in the works.Continue reading
Welcome to our March / April 2020 newsletter! First of all, I’ll address the corona-elephant in the room and hope that you and your families are staying safe during the lockdown. Let’s all remember to be kind to everyone, especially to ourselves, during this pandemic. Let’s hope things return to normal in a safe and steady manner. Play some video games, read a book, keep in touch with your loved ones, stay indoors when you can. Now, on to slightly more cheerful matters – including a new game that is joining Ecosystem as a Slug Disco publishing project – Beetle Uprising!Continue reading
Welcome to 2020! We’ve been running an optional beta on Steam since late December which mainly introduces a reworked freeplay mode, and more recently adds the challenge mode for the third tier formicarium levels. Since that time we’ve been working through the veritable mountain of issues and other feedback with it, and we’re now in the home stretch for bringing this out of beta and to the main branch for everyone to play. There’s still time to join the beta if you haven’t already – see the instructions near the top of this link if you’d like to join in.Continue reading
And so, winter came. And with it, the season of darkness and cold but also the season of goodwill and cheer. A little bit of a shorter newsletter this month, as we are still (I know, I know) working through the last of the movement code changes. Keep an eye open for the beta announcement – before putting it onto the main branch, we will run an optional beta for all Steam Windows players to help us pin down the last of the issues.Continue reading
Autumn (or fall if you’re that way inclined) has well and truly began to take a hold in our part of the world. The nights are drawing in, the temperature is dropping and there is some fun stuff being worked on for Empires of the Undergrowth. Or boring technical stuff, depending on your point of view. Either way, we shall detail it here for your perusal!Continue reading
With the summer coming to a close we thought we’d publish another newsletter for you guys. This time we’ll be talking about a few extra systems we’ve been working on (such as achievements) as well as talking about us as a company taking the intrepid steps into working with some other indie developers. So, we’ll be introducing Tom and his game Ecosystem a bit further down!Continue reading
We are now deep into our open-engine surgery of the game which will streamline and reduce computational overheads allowing for bigger armies, faster frame rates and smarter enemies. We detailed this a fair bit in the previous newsletter. Whilst this is happening we’ve also been working on a new, hopefully regular feature that will be debuting along with the next large update – extra missions!Continue reading
To start with, a small distraction from the main event – Steam have recently held a summer promotion whereby leaving reviews gains you points. The recent reviews have been pushed into “overwhelmingly positive” territory – and we recognise that’s directly down to you guys. Thank you so much! Now, on to the actual content of the newsletter!Continue reading
It’s been just over a month since we unleashed our first major update for Empires of the Undergrowth – the Leafcutter Update – upon the world. We’ve worked through most of the glitches and balance issues now, and it’s been a joy to see you guys have fun with the new additions to the game. Feedback has been almost entirely positive and we’re so happy that you guys seem to be enjoying it!
This newsletter will cover some of the issues that have come back in the immediate fallout, go through what we’ve added since the update in a bit more detail, and discuss what’s going to happen in the immediate future.Continue reading
Please enjoy our updated trailer, featuring the leafcutter ants and rainforest environment!
We’re very pleased to announce that our first major update for Empires of the Undergrowth, the Leafcutter Update, will be coming to the game on April 25th! Featuring an all-new rainforest environment with new critters of all sizes, two new levels which will see you face off against fully-fledged colonies, and a new Formicarium Challenge where the dastardly scientists have something special planned for you.
The jungle floor stirs. Ants of all sizes creep out of their holes to harvest the nearby foliage, traveling far and wide to find the choicest leaves. The odds are stacked against these fledgling colinies – you may be tempted to dismiss creatures that forage for leaves but with huge crushing mandibles on their side they are not to be underestimated.