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  1. MikeSlugDisco

    The Fire Ant Update - Coming 27th July 2022!

    We are delighted to announce that the fire ant update is coming on July 27th 2022! Grab an eyeful of the updated trailer that shows off the new environment and (some of) the new enemies that come along with it. A whole new formicarium tier awaits - guide a young fire ant (Solenopsis invicta)...
  2. MikeSlugDisco

    How Close is the Fire Ant Update?

    I know a lot of you will be sick of the "it's nearly ready, very soon!" line. This is why we've decided to not to write another newsletter until after the update is released, since there's not really much else we feel comfortable spoiling in the update and a large amount of any such newsletter...
  3. MikeSlugDisco

    March 2022 Newsletter

    A shorter-than-usual newsletter because we've run out of things we want to spoil for the fire ant update. Still, lots of pretty things to look at thanks to our recent influx of amazing environment art!
  4. MikeSlugDisco

    Screenshot Saturday - Venus Flytraps in Action

    The Venus flytrap lives in nutrient-poor soil, so like many plants here in the swamp it must consume invertebrates to survive. The leaves are tipped with traps that exude nectar, attracting ants and flies. Trigger hairs on the inside of the trap cause it to snap shut when touched, effectively...
  5. MikeSlugDisco

    Screenshot Saturday - 4.1 "Cold Blood" Environment Showcase

    A showcase of some of the swamp environment coming to the 4th tier of Empires of the Undergrowth. Pitcher plants, Venus flytraps and sweetbays adorn this damp landscape - the arena in which your fire ants will prove their worth.
  6. MikeSlugDisco

    January 2022 Newsletter

    A newsletter for the start of the year! Velvet worms, pitcher plants, little black ants and lynx spiders - these wonders and more await you!
  7. MikeSlugDisco

    Hibernation OUT NOW! Patch Notes

    We've recently been working with our voice cast to record all the lines for the remainder of the campaign. We realised that we wouldn't be able to hit our planned release of the 4th tier levels this year (see the most recent newsletter for more on this), but we still wanted to do something extra...
  8. MikeSlugDisco

    Screenshot Saturday - Hibernation Environment / Music Preview

    Fire ants won't be ready this year, but we still wanted to end 2021 with something special - Hibernation, a winter-themed wood ant level with full music and voice acting, will be arriving very soon! Full trailer on release.
  9. MikeSlugDisco

    November 2021 Newsletter

    The final newsletter of the year is upon us! As well as going over the recent content reveals and a new winter-themed level coming soon, we have a little frank discussion about release timings for the fire ant update. Spoiler alert: we tried to hit this year before Christmas, but it's going to...
  10. MikeSlugDisco

    Screenshot Saturday - Venus Flytrap

    The Venus flytrap (Dionaea muscipula) is an iconic carnivorous plant. Plants that eat animals do so to make up for poor soil quality, lacking in nitrogen and phosphorous. Insects are attracted to the red, flower-like open traps. The traps themselves are modified leaves - tiny trigger hairs will...
  11. MikeSlugDisco

    Screenshot Saturday - Red Velvet Ant in Action

    The red velvet ant (Dasymutilla occidentalis) is named for its appearance, but it is in fact a type of wingless wasp. It is colloquially called the "cow killer" for its infamously painful sting. When threatened, they will use this sting to defend themselves. It is exceptionally potent, and will...
  12. MikeSlugDisco

    Screenshot Saturday - Swamp Environment & Asset Breakdowns

    It's time for an early shot of the swamp environment coming to Empires of the Undergrowth with the fire ant update! Various mosses, lichens and slime moulds adorn this damp landscape. This is the work of Dan Coates, our recently-hired environmental artist. He's also provided some asset...
  13. MikeSlugDisco

    Beetles Rise Up! New Extra Level Out NOW

    Discard the shackles of oppression - in our latest extra level Beetles Rise Up!, you must grow your beetle pack to annihilate your captors. All of your beetles are controlled by a single pheromone marker - simply move near beetles to add them to your pack, bolstering your strength. Kill all...
  14. MikeSlugDisco

    Screenshot Saturday - Eastern Newt

    The eastern newt (Notophthalmus viridescens) is a common amphibian native to the eastern United States. In their juvenile form (known as the red eft) they are bright orange or red, and have toxic skin - any assailant wishing harm upon the newt will have to cope with the potent tetrodotoxin...
  15. MikeSlugDisco

    September 2021 Newsletter

    Time for a new Empires of the Undergrowth newsletter! This time we talk all about the amphibian vertebrates that will be coming to the game, along with the recent live events we've participated in. Also some details of our in-person appearance at EGX next month...
  16. MikeSlugDisco

    Screenshot Saturday - Dwarf Salamander

    The dwarf salamander (Eurycea quadridigitata) is native to much of the eastern United States. It prefers swampy conditions and spends much of its time burrowed in the leaf litter. Its serpentine movements give it a unique style in Empires of the Undergrowth! It'll be chowing down on a few of...
  17. MikeSlugDisco

    Screenshot Saturday - Narrow-Mouthed Toad

    The narrow-mouthed toad (Gastrophryne carolinensis) is native to much of the United States. Its diet consists primarily of ants - a trait that will make it one of your bitter enemies when the fire ant update comes for Empires of the Undergrowth, despite its cuteness!
  18. MikeSlugDisco

    Gamescom 2021 Fire Ant Demo Level Available Now! - 0.2313 Release

    We love events, but for obvious reasons we've so rarely been able to attend them recently. Enter the Gamescom 2021 Indie Arena Booth, an online event that is running from 25th-29th August! We have a booth in the virtual world, which you can visit with your 2D avatar. There's an NPC...
  19. MikeSlugDisco

    Screenshot Saturday - The Promised Land, Gamescom 2021 Demo Level

    We're ecstatic to be a part of the Indie Arena Booth at Gamescom 2021! From 25th-29th, everyone can check out the bridge-building antics of the upcoming fire ants in a special Gamescom level "The Promised Land" in both the full game and the demo. Survive the onslaught of the bombardier beetles...
  20. MikeSlugDisco

    The Culling - New Extra Level - Out Now!

    Time for the last of the extra levels we put out in beta earlier this year to be released - it's The Culling! In this black ant level, packs of enemies will slowly swell in number during the daytime. If you allow them to grow too large, they will overwhelm your colony when they attack en masse...