Take control of a team of robots tasked with settling a newly-discovered planet, preparing the ground for an influx of inhabitants from their homeworld.
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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“The Colonists is a very feature-rich game which allows the player to build a wide variety of structures, and define their colony on their own terms.

We are using Early Access to release the game with its core features completed, so that players can start to experience the gameplay and help guide our future direction in terms of which additional content we prioritise.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“6 months”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“We hope to add the following features and content for the full version:
  • Multiplayer - compete against and collaborate with other Steam players
  • Modern Age - new natural resources, production and military buildings
  • Air transport system - drones for high priority resource transportation
  • Boat and trains - larger and customisable stations and ports, capable of handling longer trains and bigger boats
  • More maps - more scenarios against different AI personalities

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The current Early Access version contains the following features and content:
  • Stone Age - collect natural resources as you begin your settlement from scratch
  • Medieval Age - Build farms and mine ores to help expand your colony
  • Industrial Ages - Produce steel and manufacture books as keep up with your citizens growing demands
  • Compete against other AI colonies with upgradeable military system
  • Explore the seas and set up colonies on new islands
  • Use train networks to quickly transport resources across your colony
  • Research technologies to optimise your economies and networks
  • Several scenarios with varying difficulty modes
  • Transport and resource prioritisation systems

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?


How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“The community will be able to provide feedback on both new features and content as we continue development on the game.

The Colonists has an enormous amount of potential: there are a huge number of technologies and resources which could potentially be added if the community is able to support them. As such, our roadmap will depend on initial community support, and its direction will be determined by how the game is being played.”
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About This Game

The Colonists is a settlement building game inspired by classic titles like The Settlers and the Anno series.

You take control of a team of self-replicating robots who have escaped from Earth and are searching the galaxy for a new home where they can fulfil their dream: to be human.

You'll advance through three different Ages as you build infrastructure for your colony by constructing road, boat and train transport systems.

Harvest natural resources, set up farming and food production, create expeditions to discover new lands and research new technologies.

With two separate mission tracks, The Colonists lets either you create sprawling settlements in peace or race to compete against AI colonies in military winner-takes-all scenarios.

Explore, research, manage, tweak and refine to your heart's content!

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP SP2+
    • Processor: Multicore with SSE2 instruction set support
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1GB DX9 (shader model 3.0)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 2 GB available space

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