We are downright giddy to announce… Hive is coming to Steam! It’ll be the same great game as on Xbox, but will have a few extra bonuses:
Game will track over 40 stats on Steam and you can earn 30+ Steam Achievements.
There will be 2 new levels of AI. Since even low-end PCs are typically a lot more powerful than Xbox 360s (because those are now quite old) this gives an opportunity to have the AI make much, much better moves in the same amount of thinking-time.
Seamlessly switch between using your mouse/keyboard or playing with a gamepad.
The first release will be on PC, but we hope to release it on both Mac and Linux soon afterward. Buying the game means you’ll get a Steam key once the game is released. This will allow you to play on any/all of the platforms once each platform is available (eg: if you buy now, you can play on PC as soon as that’s released and you do not have to re-buy it to play on Mac when the Mac version comes out).
To give a better deal to our loyal fans, we’re offering a 30% discount on pre-orders! Get it below using the Humble Widget (powered by the “Humble Bundle” team):
If you can’t see the widget above, you can click this link to pre-order Hive. Have an old computer? If you’re worried about compatibility, please check the minimum requirements on the Steam Store page (scroll down a bit or search for ‘System Requirements’).
UPDATE: You can now buy this game on Steam ‘Early Access’ which will let you play the incomplete beta immediately, and you will automatically be upgraded to the full version once it is released. Please click ‘add to card’ on the Hive page on Steam.
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We’re buzzing with excitement for this announcement…
BlueLine Game Studios has been given an exclusive license to bring the extremely popular Hive boardgame to Xbox!
If you’re not familiar with it yet, Hive is a boardgame that’s grown a huge following. It was created by British Inventor John Yianni of Gen42 Games. In his own words:
Hive is a board game with a difference. There is no board! The pieces are added to the playing area thus creating the board. As more and more pieces are added the game becomes a fight to see who can be the first to capture the opposing Queen Bee.
The gameplay is really easy to pick up, but just like chess the possibilities in gameplay are endless. This makes it great for starting right up with family, friends, and roommates but complex enough to give even the sharpest minds a challenge for years to come. …and I really do mean that: the geniuses at American Mensa saw fit to give Hive the prestigious Mensa Select award!
I think the versatility has a lot to do with why Hive has become such a worldwide favorite. People really go nuts for this game… in this fan gallery (all 42 pages of it) you can see pictures of people playing in front of the Great Pyramids, using hand-made sets, next to a pool, at the bottom of a pool, on the ocean floor (seriously), and pretty-much anywhere at any time.
We’ve already begun development and we think we have some great ideas on how to work with Gen42 Games to bring a great version of this game to the Xbox 360 …and we would love to hear your thoughts too. So if you’re a Hive fan, pipe up in the comments! 🙂