After I noticed that somebody was making an RTS about ants, I figured the inspiration for it was simply, , ants. They’re neat. However I used to be mistaken: It is really primarily based on a French science fiction novel about ants, and that is the second time that writer Microids has primarily based an RTS on the e book.

Upcoming RTS Empire of the Ants relies on the 1991 novel Les Fourmis by Bernard Werber, which was printed in English below the title Empire of the Ants. And again in 2000, Microids additionally printed a game primarily based on the e book, additionally known as Empire of the Ants—it is on GOG.

Clearly I must brush up on the speculative fiction and real-time technique video games of France, as a result of I hadn’t heard of any of this, regardless of Werber’s ant books apparently being extremely popular. He wrote two sequels, The Day of the Ants and The Revolution of the Ants.

Microids’ huge speaking level for the brand new Empire of the Ants game is its “photorealistic” graphics, but it surely’s curious how, even when the intention is photorealism, an engine’s distinctiveness nonetheless exhibits by way of. To me, reasonably than photorealistic, Empire of the Ants appears to be like precisely like an Unreal Engine 5 game that is attempting to be photorealistic. 

It does look excellent, although—some nice ant translucency in there. 

As for what we’ll do in Empire of the Ants, we do not see a lot within the newest trailer, however in keeping with the writer we’ll “play because the Ant Savior, whose mission is to steer its ‘folks’ and rebuild a house, shield them, make them prosper and conquer new territories by way of totally different seasons.” 

Doing all that can contain exploration, diplomacy (there is a “native wildlife alliance”), and “tactical and strategic battles.” I assume I might most likely know all this if I might learn the e book.

Empire of the Ants is releasing for consoles and PC—it is acquired a Steam web page—someday this yr, and I plan to be taught extra about it at GDC subsequent week.