You simply register the key with Steam
The store page is simply not visible. But YouTubers have been using the Steam version for months
Its likely a bad detection. You'll need to submit the exe to Bitdefender.
Alternatively you can turn off the Hueristics on your AV. For consumer grade AV, the heuristics stuff is generally garbage and generates too many false positives.
Its already on itch! Get it now at $24.99 before the price increase to $29.99 on the 6th
Steam will be when the game is officially released. No word on that beyond "Q2 2017".
Hopefully that means 'calendar year 2017'. The company I work fro now our 'fiscal year' starts in July so "Q2 2017" is actually December which is.... ultra confusing to everyone :P
Note for vcredist issues
1) reboot your computer first
2) go to Aven Colony Beta\Engine\Extras\Redist\en-us
3) run UE4PrereqSetup_x64.exe
4) ensure no errors pop
5) reboot your system again
VCredists require reboots after installing. If you don't reboot the installer will fail catrastophically
What region are you located in? I'm not sure where itch.io content servers are but generally they can handle the traffic.
Also have you tried downloading it from the itch.io client rather than using chrome to download it directly?
Its weird I submitted the file to VirusTotal which includes BitDefender but it doesn't get flagged
What kind of error are you getting from BitDefender? Norton has an "Insight" module the semi-scans exe files and unless its in their database flags it as 'unknown but suspicious'. I'm wondering if its not really being flagged by BitDefender as a virus but as a 'potential' issue
Wow there's actually one other person other than me on this planet that still has a 4:3 screen :P
I did notice that the main menu screen is messed up.
However the main game itself works fine once you get into the game as far as I can tell. Is the game not working for you at all in the 4:3 resolution?
Also what resolution are you running at. I'm running 1600x1200. Maybe you're running too low a screen resolution?
Are you sure you have the latest version of the itch.io client? You need to have at least 18.7.0 for the unpacker to work properly. Also check that your anti-virus is not blocking or otherwise altering the download.
Note that the availability of Steam keys is addressed in their FAQ.
The developers have various reasons why Steam keys are not provided at this time. You should wait until the game is released on Steam, if having a Steam version is something you desire.
Or a more reasonable assumption would probably be, if you don't have a Steam developer account then why should they cover the game since their audience probably wants the game on Steam so covering a game that isn't on Steam yet probably isn't worth the cycles given all the other games news that exists?
Its also nonsensical that somehow 'profit' is involved? You state it yet don't even bother to articulate how this supposedly works at all
If your AV is triggering a false positive, you'll have to add an exemption into your AV. Also you should submit the exe to your AV for future white listing.
If you're getting a BSOD on the game installer that indicates a far lower level problem on your system. Games realistically cant cause a BSOD. The app is simply exposing an existing problem on your system. You should start by doing a full windows update on your system. If the system triggers a BSOD then the faulting kernel module will show up in the Event Viewer. Generally these are low level drivers such as graphics drivers. But the Event Viewer should show you what dll module caused it.
I'll be trying to collect some basic troubleshooting and tech support tips here.
As the game is in constant flux this list will likely be incomplete at times. If you have any issues or tips please feel free to post them so they can be added here
Update Your Video Card Drivers
This is the most common cause for people's inability to run the game
First check your driver version using this method and make sure your drivers are recent:
For AMD cards, download the AMD Catalyst Control Center, which you can find here:
For NVidia cards, go to this page and download the appropriate drivers for your card by providing the correct information:
If you have an NVidia GeForce card, you can also download and install the GeForce Experience to update your cards through that:
For Intel cards, go to this page and download the appropriate drivers by providing the correct information:
Always make sure you reboot your machine after installing the drivers, just to be safe. Then try relaunching the game.
Laptop users should force their Nvidia/AMD cards
Use the Nvidia Control Panel or AMD CCC to force the game to use your built in GPU instead of the Intel one
This guide should help you depending on your video card:
Manually Run the Unreal Redistributable
In Windows go to
C:\Users\<USERNAME>\AppData\Roaming\itch\apps\Aven Colony Beta\Engine\Extras\Redist\en-us
And run the file UE4PrereqSetup_x64.exe
Reboot your computer afterwards
To see the AppData folder you need to have hidden folders viewable. Alternatively you can type in Explorer
And it will take you to the Appdata\Roaming folder automatically
If You Experience Problems With Saving / Loading ...
If you're playing the game via the itch.io app and find you're unable to save or load games, please disable the itch.io sandbox as described in this post.
If you're playing the game using "Windows 10 N" and experience crashes when going to the save/load screen, please try the following:
Nothing Works! Help!
As the game is in alpha many many thing will likely go horribly wrong (just like on your colony!). To assist the devs in solving your issue as quickly as possible, please ensure you've tried all the steps above. Once you have you should create a new post outlining your issue. Please be absolutely verbose as possible. "Everything is broken" isn't going to help the devs get your issue resolved. But something like "During a lightning storm I clicked on a farm and an alien came through my screen and punched me!" (file that under 'non critical issue'...) is great. Make sure you put in your system specifications like
If you have a save game where your bug is consistently repeatable, please attach that to the post here. Your save games are here:
C:\Users\<USERNAME>\AppData\Roaming\itch\apps\Aven Colony Beta\AvenColony\Saved\SaveGames
Also any log files from your crash would be helpful as well. You can find log files here:
C:\Users\<USERNAME>\AppData\Roaming\itch\apps\Aven Colony Beta\AvenColony\Saved\Logs
Use a zip program or use the compression utility built into most Windows systems to save space before attaching to your post.
If you have any other technical tips/tricks/concerns post them so I can add it to the list above
itch.io has a binary patching system in place. It may not have taken because the previous install basically 'failed' so the binary patcher likely just thought "well this is totally screwed up you'd better download the entire game again!". For future patches you should in theory only get delta patches
If you have any bugs, create a new thread and report it. Please ensure you try to be as verbose as possible. If you can include both a save game that is affected and any logs that would also be helpful. Also include your basic system specs (CPU/GPU/OS)
The downloads are pretty much over HTTP so there's not a lot of weirdness going on with that
What is your bandwidth pipe though? I've not seen itch.io have any major problems pumping out sufficient bandwidth. You may want to try changing your DNS settings to OpenDNS/GoogleDNS.
Did you download the game directly from the itch.io website?
The above post is more about using the itch.io client. Which basically downloads the zip file and extracts it for you.
If you downloaded from the website, then you just download hte zip file, extract it, then run the exe to play the game
There's a sandbox mode in the beta
You can download either from the itch.io site directly which is basically just a zip file over HTTP. You just uncompress the zip and run the exe to play the game.
Or by using the itch.io client, which I believe also uses HTTP as well. The client doesn't use P2P to do its downloads as far as I can tell
You need ot update the itch.io client
1) click your name in the lower left
2) Click "Check for updates"
3) in the lower middle you will see an orange button that will tell you its downloading the update
4) once the update is downloaded click to install the update
5) then install Aven Colony