Auroch Digital is an independent game development studio based in Bristol, UK that works on original titles, partnership and work for hire projects. Based In Bristol Games Hub, which we helped set up, we specialise in board, card and strategy games working with major IPs, and our acclaimed 'GameTheNews' project which is widely regarded as a global leader in the production of newsgames and "games with purpose". Click here to sign up to our press mailing list.
Auroch Digital was founded in 2010, initially as a consultancy, helping organisations like the BBC, Wellcome Trust and many others understand the business of games and gaming.
In October 2012, Auroch Digital expanded to become a development studio, creating pioneering newsgames like Narcoguerra and Endgame:Syria, earning our GameTheNews initiative its spot at the forefront of the “games with purpose” movement, with Auroch's Director, Tomas Rawlings, giving many talks around the world on this subject.
Today Auroch Digital also creates original games of its own for a more traditional gamer audience, as well as working in partnership with other games companies and major brands to develop titles using existing IPs. See below for these games.
The studio continues to grow and is already recognised as a leading development studio with a serious talent for connecting the real with the digital.
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+ Mars Horizon
Coming Soon: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch
In Mars Horizon the player is tasked with leading a major space agency from the dawn of the space age though to humanity's journey to Mars. Players run a government space agency from when the first rockets launched into the atmosphere, right through to the first crewed mission to Mars.
Research new tech, expand your agency base, build rockets, send satellites into orbit, and launch a variety of missions. As the player, you’re in charge of every element of the journey into space.
Coming to PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch in 2019.
For any further information contact Marketing and Community Manager, Matt Davies .
+ Dark Future: Blood Red States
Coming 16th May 2019: PC
We're working on Dark Future: Blood Red States, a RealTimeShift Vehicular Action Strategy game that combines the tactical play of an RTS, with the intensity and quick thinking that action games demand.
Set in the dangerous and gangcult-controlled highways of Games Workshop's classic Dark Future universe, Blood Red States tasks players with building up a mercenary team of Sanctioned Ops and then taking them out onto the climate change-ravaged Big Empty of the United States. There they'll issue commands to fight dramatic rolling battles against violent gangs in heavily armed cars and trucks, while unravelling some of the mysteries hiding in the American wasteland.
+ Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics
Coming Soon: Nintendo Switch
Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics pits you as the player against Cthulhu Mythos-backed Nazis, set against the backdrop of the horrors of World War II.
This turn-based, squad-level strategy game is based on the wildly successful tabletop RPG from Modiphius Entertainment , and published by Ripstone Games , the game is avaliable on Steam, and scheduled for release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.
Ogre is a turn-based strategy game of mechanized warfare, requiring tactical decision-making and strategic thinking. It’s the official video game adaptation of the legendary tabletop wargame from Steve Jackson Games, developed by the award-winning Auroch Digital.
Set in the near future, hovercraft, tanks, infantry, and giant cybernetic behemoths called Ogres take part in a seemingly endless world war. You take command of and vie for supremacy upon the irradiated battlefields of The Last War.
"A crowd-pleaser for the long-time faithful" - Rock, Paper, Shotgun
"Words will not suffice when it comes to me describing how much I loved getting down and dirty playing Ogre" - Digitally Downloaded
"A faithful re-engineering of a venerable classic" - Gaming Nexus
"This is probably the cheapest, fastest way to get into playing Ogre right now" - PCGamesN
+ Last Days of Old Earth
A rich strategy game set in our far, far future where the sun is dying. Published by strategy specialist Slitherine, LDOOE gives players command of the last noble tribes of humanity as they attempt to survive among emotionless machines and marauding clans.
“A rich strategy game filled to the brim with combat choices” - God is a Geek
"Combines elements of turn-based 4X-strategy, tactical battles, trading card game, and post-apocalyptic world" - IGN Russia
“An interesting take on turn based strategy games” - Final Boss Fight
“One of the most polished early access titles I have seen this year” - Grab the Games
+ Plague Inc: Evolved
Plague Inc: Evolved is considered by many as the prime example of how mobile can successfully be translated to PC. Auroch Digital worked in collaboration with Ndemic Creations to help make Plague Inc. on desktop a reality. The new version sees the same captivating gameplay with the addition of multiplayer, user-generated content and much more.
+ Chainsaw Warrior
Our re-boot of the 1987 cult-classic boardgame by Games Workshop: Step into the combat-boots of Chainsaw Warrior – a former special-forces solider who has been cybernetically modified to undertake the most dangerous covert missions. New York has only an hour left to live. A rare and strange phenomena known as 'spatial warping' has resulted in a dimensional breach from our world into a nightmare zone. All other attempts to stop this breach have failed. All that is left is one man facing overwhelming odds.
“A brutally awesome good time” - 148apps
“Perfectly judged, brutally demanding and almost impossible to put down...” - The Guardian
“Everything you want in a digitised version of the Games Workshop classic” - Gamercast.net
+ Chainsaw Warrior: Lords of the Night
Chainsaw Warrior: Lords of the Night is a new chapter for Games Workshop's cult classic! Based on the original Chainsaw Warrior board game, this sequel adds new layers of intensity to the game's unique formula. It's the year 2035 and the crazed followers of a near-forgotten God have opened a hole into a nightmare dimension. He saved New York in 2032 - can Chainsaw Warrior now save the world?
“Excruciatingly tense and insanely fun at the same time, both of which keep you coming back for more. 8.5/10” - Game Debate
“A really nice surprise. It’s straightfoward fun and it really works. 8/10” - Retro 101
“This is solidly a ‘Buy’ on Steam at $5.99. I can’t be any clearer than that... plus it’s got alligators in which is always a plus!” - Angry Centaur Gaming
Avaliable on: iOS Endgame: Syria is a free interactive exploration of events unfolding in Syria today. Developed in around two weeks in December 2013, the game allows users to explore the options open to the Syrian rebels as they push the conflict to its endgame. Each choice the user makes has consequences – the types of military units you may deploy, the political paths you choose to tread. Not only does each choice impact the current situation but your choices may also impact the final outcome. Users can play and replay events to see how different choices on the ground might lead to different outcomes. This game was produced as part of our GameTheNews.net initiative.
“Endgame: Syria is not giving us any answers - it’s encouraging us to ask more questions” - Wired
“Eschews simple sound bites and embraces the real complexity and often self-contradictory nature of politics and conflict” - Pocket Tactics
“Explores the military and political nature of this conflict by showing how in-game actions effect both of those fronts” - Venture Beat
+ Elections of US America Election: The Card Game
Avaliable on: Physical copy Created in partnership with political satire site Wonkette, Elections of US America Election: The Card Game was Auroch’s first foray into the world of physical games. Successfully funded and chosen as a 'Project We Love' by Kickstarter, the project further solidifies the studio’s position at the cutting edge of blurring real world events with the world of games.
"Aims to capture something of the mad game that a political campaign can become" - Kotaku
"Intelligently written and sometimes cuttingly cynical, Elections of US America Election brings a refreshing levity to the serious mood around global politics" - The Guardian
"Bald Eagles! Hot Dogs! Hand Guns! How more American can one game get?" Gameosity
Can you End the Never-Ending War?
NarcoGuerra is a challenging and tactical newsgame that puts you on the frontline of one of the most dangerous conflicts ever; the War on Drugs. As part of our GameTheNews initiative we took a look at the ongoing conflict from the perspective of the Mexican authorities trying to stamp out the drug trade within that embattled country. As the Chief of Police you must attempt to retake Mexico’s regions from the cartels whilst dealing with corruption within the police force itself.
“NarcoGuerra is Risk applied to the war on drugs; it’s hard, it’s political, it’s really quite good” - PCGamesN
“A unique and surprising handheld strategy experience” - Penny Arcade Report
“NarcoGuerra is a revelation” - GGSGamer
+ And more...
We’ve also worked on many smaller games for clients over the years, including BBC, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, Exeter University and Knowle West Media Centre to name a few. We also devises, produces, and delivers game jams in many formats including Gamify Your PhD for the Wellcome Trust, Global Game Jam Bristol and Green Capital Digital Challenge.
More about Auroch Digital
+ Lets Play / Streaming / Video Policy
If you're a YouTuber, stream games on Twitch, or otherwise create video content around video games, we'd be delighted for you to do so with our titles. We're also totally fine with you monetizing your videos and streams.
Streamers and Let's Players looking to request a code should get in touch via our Contact Us page, providing the following information;
- Name of Channel
- Link to Channel
Our community team often shares streams and videos via our social media channels and blog, if you'd like to be considered for this, please also include;
- Link to Facebook / Twitter account
- Time and date (including timezone) of stream/video release.
If you need anymore information contact Matt Davies, Marketing and Community Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org).
+ Awards & Recognition
- Nominated for "Best Place to Work in Tech" at The SPARKies Awards 2017
- Shortlisted for Media Innovation Award & GamesIndustry.Biz Innovation Award
- Recognised in the Nominet Foundations 2014 100 'Tech for Good' List
- Auroch Digital's Debbie Rawlings won a 'Brand You' award for the creation of Bristol Games Hub & was listed in MCV's Top 100 Women in Games.
- Auroch Digital's Tomas Rawlings has won several awards for the design of Call of Cthulhu: The Wasted Land and is an accomplished keynote speaker.
+ Selected Articles
- Rock Paper Shotgun covers our adaptation of Ogre
- Guardian covers Elections of US America Election: The Card Game
- Tomas speaks about his inspirations behind Dark Future: Blood Red States
- Interview about funding and creating on Creative England
- Foreign Policy looks at Endgame: Syria
- We talk about the 'Gamify Your PhD' project.
- Games as part of science education on the Wellcome Trust blog.
- Company profile on TechSpark
+ Additional Links
+ Team & Repeating Collaborators
- Tomas Rawlings - Design Director
- Nina Collins - Production Manager
- Peter Willington - Creative Producer
- Mike Daw - Producer
- Matt Davies - Marketing and Community Manager
- Sam Chester - Lead Programmer
- George Parker - Programmer
- Daniel Pugsley - Programmer
- Dan Brodie - Programmer
- Matt Bone - Programmer
- Jack Munns - Programmer
- Robert Ślepecki - Programmer
- Eleanor Richards - Programmer
- Fraser McCormick - Programmer (Freelance)
- Aaron Ashbrooke - Lead Designer
- Steve Martin - Designer
- Adam Carter-Groves - Designer
- Chris Raadjes - Lead Artist
- Pete Pielak - Artist
- Stuart Griffin - Artist
- Dan Leaman - Artist
- Alix Briskham - Artist (Freelance)
- Lara Perilli - Artist (Freelance)
- Jonathan Howard - Narrative Designer
- Matthew Walker - Audio (Freelance)
- Ilse Marshall - Project Management & Production (Freelance)
- Rich Wallis - Programmer (Freelance)
- Stuart Duffield - Sound Design (Freelance)