What the hell is The Colonists and how do I start playing it?

PC (Coming to Early Access) •

This morning I woke up and went through my morning routine:

  1. Brush teeth
  2. Shower
  3. Pray that death takes me before I wake up the kids

As of this post, #3 hasn’t gotten me anything so I’m considering replacing it with “3. Search Twitter” instead. I usually don’t look at social media until after I’ve had either coffee or a Diet Pepsi (better than Coke, fight me!) and feel somewhat like a human. Today, I spotted a Tweet that included a trailer to a game I hadn’t heard about, but now can’t stop thinking about: The Colonists.

The Colonists is a building game in which little robots have gained some form of sentience and are building their own civilization. This involves collecting resources, constructing buildings, researching new technologies, and everything else that this type of game encompasses. I’m getting a strong Factorio vibe, but that might just be the trains. Whatever, it looks like a barrel of awesome.

There are two paths you can take: a sandbox-like approach in which you build to your heart’s content free of violence or the other approach in which you’re battling AI for territory and it’s last-bot standing that claims the prize.

The Colonists is being developed by Codebyfire which is another name for Richard Wallis. Yes, this is a one-man studio which is fairly incredible when you see all the systems working together in the trailer.

We don’t know when The Colonists is coming to Steam Early Access, as it’s Steam page currently just says “soon”. Just in case, I’ve posted the link below. Keep checking and let’s get on this thing in EA and help polish the hell out of it. (Yes, I know that it’s Windows only, but it looks so good I’m willing to Bootcamp this one…and hope that a Mac version is in the works)

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Notable Replies

  1. That’s what I thought when I first saw it, then I watched the trailer…

  2. According to the latest update from Mode 7, “it won’t be long until the game releases”.

    That’s a more semantically interesting version of “soon”, I guess.

  3. univac says:

    Screw Pepsi. I got fired from Pepsi today. I tested positive for Coke.

  4. That’s got dad joke written all over it univac. I’m keeping that one

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