Megaquarium is out now for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch! 🐠

It’s time to splash into Megaquarium for a fin-tastic time! Available right now! Click below to buy it now - choose your console:

More Megaquarium Fun - Podcast, blog posts, reviews, videos

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Read about the making of Megaquarium

Check out our post over on the Official PlayStation blog! We share behind the scenes info about the creation of the Whale Shark and look at how Tim Twicksteed of Twiced Circled, the games creator, brought authenticity to the game through his research.

Megaquarium tank tips with Xbox Wire - coming soon!

How should you layout your aquarium? How do you stop your fish getting too stressed? What’s the best way to manage your staff? Get our top tank tips for beginners in our post on Xbox Wire.

Auroch Digital Podcast - A chat with Time Wicksteed 🎤

Check out our Megaquarium episode where we chat with the game's developer Tim Wicksteed! Hear about his motivations for making the game and how he made marine management fun.

Livestreaming with the fishes at The National Marine Aquarium (NMA)

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Come chat to us as we play Megaquarium over on the Auroch Digital official Mixer account! We’ve got a launch day stream happening tonight at 4pm UK time til 6pm UK time!

And we’ve got an extra special livestream coming up next week. Join us for “Streaming with the fishes” as we stream Megaquarium from the largest aquarium in the UK - The National Marine Aquarium (NMA)! We will be streaming Megaquarium in front of a giant tank full of sharks, rays, and other amazing animals. Don’t miss out!

Date: 24th October
Time: 5pm BST - 6pm BST
Where: Auroch Digital's Mixer Channel

Learn more about the fish in Megaquarium

We’ve been working alongside the Tropical Marine Centre to create some educational videos about the fish in Megaquarium. Each of our videos feature the spectacular marine livestock of the the Tropical Marine Centre, supplying sustainable and ethically-sourced, healthy livestock to the aquarium hobby.

Follow our Facebook or Twitter to find out more about Puffer Fish, Lion fish, Longhorn Cowfish, and more wonderful underwater animals.

Auroch Digital

Marketing and Community Managment for Auroch Digital in Bristol, UK.

Find us on Stream Mixer.com/AurochDigital or more regularly on @AurochDigital

What subscription services will (and won't) mean for developers

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There has been talk of subscription services, like Netflix and Spotify, for video games for years. Recently there has been more buzz around these services from Humble, Microsoft and Ubisoft amongst others. What will these kind of services mean for the future of games and those who make them and those who play them?

Our Design Director Dr. Tomas Rawlings has written a piece for PC Games Insider about how he thinks subscription services will affect developers.

Read it here!

Auroch Digital

Marketing and Community Managment for Auroch Digital in Bristol, UK.

Find us on Stream Mixer.com/AurochDigital or more regularly on @AurochDigital

Great news everyone - We're up for a TIGA award

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We’ve had some great news this week as Dark Future: Blood Red States has been shortlisted for TIGA's Heritage Award!

We’re really excited to be up for the award alongside some other great titles - check out the the full shortlist for the awards. A lot of passion and hard work has gone into making Dark Future: Blood Red States so we’re excited to celebrate this.

TIGA awards

The TIGA awards, run by The Independent Game Developers' Association, are designed to recognise the achievements of studios, businesses, and universities across the games sector.

We’ve been shortlisted for The Heritage Award which recognises a game that reflects British creativity, subject matter, and heritage. Dark Future: Blood Red States is a great fit for this as it’s an adaptation of legendary British tabletop company Games Workshop’s 1988 cult classic Dark Future, the reboot being made by our friendly little British studio Auroch Digital.

Its narrative framing and visual design has inspirations within it from everything from the bleakly humourous British sci-fi comics of the ‘80s, to the BBC’s now defunct Ceefax service. You can find out more about this in our podcast with several episodes about the development and creation of Dark Future.

The Dark Future Needs You!

How can you get involved, I hear you ask? You can vote for Dark Future as Game of the Year! All the video games within the Games Category shortlists for The TIGA awards are automatically finalists for the Game of the Year.

You can head on over here to vote but make sure you do it before midnight on 18th October! It would mean a lot to us to get your vote as Dark Future has been a labour of love for everyone here at Auroch Digital. Once you’ve voted, please do share this and as other Sanctioned Ops to share too! Together the future’s not bright, it’s dark.

Keep your fingers crossed for us and pop on over to our lovely little Discord to chat all things gaming and Dark Future.

Auroch Digital

Marketing and Community Managment for Auroch Digital in Bristol, UK.

Find us on Stream Mixer.com/AurochDigital or more regularly on @AurochDigital

How to Wishlist games on Steam and why it’s important

We’ve written before about why reviewing games on Steam can help out your favourite game studios, and today we’re talking Steam Wishlists, and why they’re also important.

Are Steam Wishlists ACTUALLY important to developers?

In some instances yes, definitely, and in other instances we think so, yeah.

This sounds complicated...

Like most companies that own game distribution platforms, Valve isn’t open about how their store’s various chart algorithms work, or what they’re looking for when choosing to promote titles.

When you look at the games that perform well in the charts or are featured in the Update News pop up, they tend to be games that either has a fair bit of a following already, or are from well-known publishers and developers with a dedicated following or a large ad budget. It’s likely that these games have high Wishlist numbers, but we can’t know this for sure and we don’t know if Valve uses these in relation to either the charts or Update News features, so it’s a bit of a black box.

We’ve heard completely conflicting reports on how Valve interprets this data too.

Some developers we’ve spoken to have claimed that a Valve rep told them that 5000 is the number of Wishlists needed for a game to be taken seriously when it comes to featuring on Steam. Others told us that the person they know at Valve said it was closer to 10,000. Others have claimed it’s much more like 50,000.

We’ve also been told that Valve doesn’t care about Wishlist numbers at all. And others that it’s the only metric Valve uses. And we’ve been told that Wishlists are part of a mix of data Valve uses.

So are Wishlists important when it comes to Valve providing featuring? “We think so, yeah”, but honestly we can’t know for sure.

But you said that Wishlists were “definitely” important!

They’re really important to us as a studio.

While Valve doesn’t tell you what it does with Wishlist data, it definitely encourages developers to use this feature of Steam. To quote their documentation, using the Wishlist feature “gives you a sense of the level of interest by potential customers and a way of notifying interested customers when your game releases or goes on discount”.

These two elements - gauging the interest of our titles, and directly notifying people interested in our products - help us make decisions about our games.

For example: so long as you’ve verified your e-mail account with Steam, and that you’ve opted-in to receive e-mails, Valve will send you a message whenever a game on your Steam Wishlist launches, or leaves Early Access.

This helps us to get as many people buying our games at launch, which definitely has an impact on how high we climb up the “New and Trending” and “Top Selling” charts, which in turn helps reach more potential customers who happen to see the game in these sections during this period.

So we’ll make decisions about our marketing activities ahead of a launch that are based (partly) on how effective those activities are at increasing our Wishlist numbers on Steam, so we can make that launch splash as big as possible.

Should we do another season of the podcast? Should we put money into Facebook advertising? Should we give out alpha access to our game? If something increases Steam Wishlist numbers, then it’s a good indicator that we should do it.

Valve will also e-mail you if a game on your Wishlist is currently discounted, and again this is great for us because people who are price sensitive can pop a game of ours on their Wishlist, and keep track of its price until it reaches the point where they’re happy to jump onboard.

It helps with other areas of our business too. If we have a game with a lot of Wishlists, it might be a good indicator that there are a number of people who are interested in buying it, but aren’t yet convinced it’s worth the asking price. We can use this data to help decide if the solution is to add more content to the game to increase the value proposition, or to rethink how we communicate the game’s value, or to simply put the game on sale.

Alright, I’m convinced, how do I add a game to my Wishlist?

It’s really easy. 

First, make sure you’re logged into Steam, either here via a web browser, or via Steam’s mobile app, or the Steam desktop client.

Second, navigate to the game you’d like to add to your Wishlist (like our upcoming Mars Horizon), and click the “Add to your wishlist” button that’s just beneath the screenshots carousel.

Third, double-check your e-mail preferences to ensure you’re receiving the right e-mails from Valve.

If you ever need any more help with this, Steam has a great guide all about it, and if you have any questions for us specifically, pop on over to our lovely little Discord.

Thanks for reading!

Auroch Digital

Marketing and Community Managment for Auroch Digital in Bristol, UK.

Find us on Stream Mixer.com/AurochDigital or more regularly on @AurochDigital

Can you handle the pressure of managing a space agency?

We have been busy working away on our upcoming title, Mars Horizon and now we want you to help us!

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Do you want to get your hands on an early access alpha build of Mars Horizon? Well today is your lucky day! We are looking for people to take part in an alpha weekend of our game and get your thoughts on how it is coming along and what else we can do to improve it?

The Alpha will start on Friday 19th July and close on Monday 22nd. This also coincides with the 50th anniversary of the moon landings!

Interested?

How to get involved?

Step 1: Sign up and add your email address to our system

Step 2: Wait for your confirmation email

Step 3: Then, when the codes arrive we'll send you a Steam code 

Step 4: Log into Steam and redeem your code (there is a guide on how to do that here)

Step 5: Download and install Mars Horizon

Step 6: Launch rockets and send someone to space!

Step 7: Fill in the feedback form

Step 8: Get a free copy of the soundtrack when the game launches

On Monday 21st July at 10:00 (UK Time) the keys will expire. The feedback form will close at Friday 26th July at 12:00PM (UK Time).

So what are you waiting for? Get involved now!

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Auroch Digital

Marketing and Community Managment for Auroch Digital in Bristol, UK.

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Is that Dark Future? In the Skull Sale?

Check it out! We are delighted to be a part of the very awesome Skulls for the Skull Throne sale in it’s third year!

Check that out! Dark Future: Blood Red States on the main header! Woooo!

Check that out! Dark Future: Blood Red States on the main header! Woooo!

You can take advantage of all the great offers (including 25% off of ours!) over on the Steam page specially set up.

If you want to watch Dark Future too, we’ll be doing a special stream at 19:00 (UK Time) head over to the Dark Future page to have a look see!

Auroch Digital

Marketing and Community Managment for Auroch Digital in Bristol, UK.

Find us on Stream Mixer.com/AurochDigital or more regularly on @AurochDigital

Dark Future: Blood Red States is now live

It’s finally here! Dark Future: Blood Red States is now live on Steam!

It’s been five years since we first announced the game, but it is here and it is roaring into life!

And… as a special thank you to everyone we’c launched it with a massive 25% discount! So instead of the normal £19.99 you can get it for £14.99 (however, this isn’t going to be around forever so don’t miss out!)

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As well as this we will also be releasing…

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For those who have been with us since the beginning you can take a look at the evolution of this project right from day one! While not adding anything new to the base game this DLC includes:

  • Eight different playable builds of the game

  • The initial pitch videos for the game

  • PDFs describing the builds, their development state, and the thinking at the time about the game

We’ve also included, as a free gift:

  • A PDF of the original rules to the board game Dark Future

  • A PDF of the original expansion, Dark Future: White Line Fever

  • A PDF of the Dark Future novel - Golgotha Run

All of this for just £10 (But do note you will need the full version of the game to access this content)

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We also will be releasing the super awesome sounding soundtrack to the game, by Matthew Walker. This 46 minute, 13-track album can be downloaded in WAV or MP3 (whatever you audio persuasion!)

It will be £4.99 (But do note you will need the full version of the game to access this content)

Click below to buy it now

Auroch Digital

Marketing and Community Managment for Auroch Digital in Bristol, UK.

Find us on Stream Mixer.com/AurochDigital or more regularly on @AurochDigital

Dark Future: Blood Red States Date Announcement and New Trailer

Since our last update there’s been a lot of activity around Dark Future: Blood Red States. So we thought we’d do a mini round up for you all!

To add to that list we have two more bits of news:

We have a new trailer

First things, first we have ourselves an awesome looking trailer that we think sums up the carnage and mayhem of the game perfectly. Check it out below and let us know what you think:

Release Date

For the eagle eyed viewers on the video you would have noticed we included the release date of the game. It will be coming out on Thursday 16th May 2019. If you don’t want to miss out on when it is coming out make sure you pop over to steam and push that wishlist button!

Finally, just a massive thank you to everyone on our Steam Community and everyone who took part in the Beta Weekend! We appreciate all your support!

Auroch Digital

Marketing and Community Managment for Auroch Digital in Bristol, UK.

Find us on Stream Mixer.com/AurochDigital or more regularly on @AurochDigital

Dark Future Beta Weekend - 11th - 14th April

Explosive carnage, action strategy, cars doing things cars shouldn’t and the big empty that can only mean one thing, Dark Future: Blood Red States is nearly here.

For those of you who don’t know, our next game is scheduled for release this year, it's based on a classic Games Workshop board game (with the same name) and sees you step into a dark, dystopian world filled with danger everywhere. You battle through different missions to earn enough money for upgrades and unique skills in this action strategy game.

Our Beta Weekend, starting on the 11th April, will let you have access to a spercific part of the game, giving you a good overview of the gameplay and customisation options, and hopefully, wetting your appetite for the games launch

I want to be involved! How do I sign up?

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It couldn’t be simpler:

  • Step 1: Visit this link and add your email address to the system

  • Step 2: Get a confirmation email

  • Step 3: We'll send you an access code

  • Step 4: Log into Steam and redeem your code

  • Step 5: Join our Discord which we’ll be running over the Beta for help, support and questions

  • Step 6: Step into Dark Future: Blood Red States

  • Step 7: Explode cars and be exploded lots

  • Step 7: Fill in the feedback form

  • Step 8: Get a code to get 5% off the game on launch
    (and it works with any other sales we MAY or MAY NOT do *heavy wink*)

That’s it! (Told you it was easy)

The beta runs from Thursday 11th until Monday 14th April at 10:00 (UK Time) when the keys will expire. The feedback form will close at 12:00 (UK Time), so make sure you fill it out to your discount code.

Final note… if you haven’t already wishlist the game now on Steam by clicking this handy link below

Auroch Digital

Marketing and Community Managment for Auroch Digital in Bristol, UK.

Find us on Stream Mixer.com/AurochDigital or more regularly on @AurochDigital

The European Space Agency and Auroch Digital are working together on a space exploration game

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The game, already supported by the UK Space Agency, puts you in the role of mission control as your journey to Mars

Auroch Digital are delighted to announce the involvement of the European Space Agency (ESA) in its upcoming game Mars Horizon. This support will help add a extra level of authenticity and realism to the game, coming out on PC, Playstation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch this year.

Design Director Tomas Rawlings said “Working with ESA is a massive bonus for the Mars Horizon universe. Having access to real launch control specialists who can explain the real life pressures and challenges they face will help make this game as authentic as we can. With the upcoming ExoMars mission in 2020 this is a fantastic time for us to be working with the agency as they put the final stages of preparation on this launch. 

The involvement of the ESA is a double win for the gameplay as we’re not only getting to talk to people planning actual missions to Mars but also the people who plan the strategy of the agency itself - all of which we’re planning to use to help shape the gameplay. To say I’m excited by this partnership is an understatement, I’m (excuse the pun) over the Moon!

We have also had such great support from the UK Space Agency who as a member of the ESA introduced us to them. It will help launch this title to the next level.”

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Mars Horizon is a hybrid management and Mission Control turn-based simulation game that puts you in control of a space agency as it attempts to head to Mars. The game takes you away from the role of pilot and into the behind the scenes world of space exploration. Using real life missions and vehicles the game is built around recreating the optimistic and authentic journey to Mars.

The game is scheduled for release in 2019 and you can find out more about it on the Steam page or via the game page.

Auroch Digital

Marketing and Community Managment for Auroch Digital in Bristol, UK.

Find us on Stream Mixer.com/AurochDigital or more regularly on @AurochDigital