Back in Maxis’ heyday, the developer pumped out all sorts of simulators, some more memorable than others. Although SimAnt never became a full-blown franchise, it is one of the more fondly recalled of the company’s products. Thanks to the efforts of one indie, we might be able to enjoy the SimAnt experience again — from the point of the ants.
Apparently the developer wasn’t aware SimAnt even existed before starting work on their interpretation, which is unsurprisingly called Ant Simulator.
Built in Unity (and recently transitioned to the engine’s fifth release), details about the game are not extensive. Currently it has multiple ant species, colony management, building, digging and resource gathering. On the roadmap are procedural environment generation and support for virtual reality headsets.
The original idea came from a 48-hour Ludum Dare game jam. Apparently the end result proved extremely popular and prompted developer ETeeski to convert the concept into a proper title.
There’s no release just yet (or even a date), but versions for the PS4 and PC are planned.