Curve Digital is to publish “playful programming and colonisation” sim Autonauts on Steam this autumn.
In development at Dundee, Scotland-based Denki Studios, it’s the latest title from Gary Penn, former creative director at Grand Theft Auto and Lemmings studio DMA Design.
It sees players visit procedurally generated planets and harness their natural resources to build an army of programmable AI helpers to aid their colonisation efforts.
Players can teach their “workerbots” to perform a variety tasks including building, farming and cooking using a “powerful but easy to pick-up” visual programming language designed for users of all ages.
In development since 2017 and downloaded over 300,000 times during early alpha, the title won UK trade association TIGA’s Best Educational Game 2017 award.