9/10 city-builder on Steam digs deeply and greedily in newest update

You might recognize the voice behind the new unit
Envision Entertainment

It’s time to strike the earth and get down into the dirt in Pioneers of Pagonia, the indie city-builder created by Envision Entertainment. Currently in Early Access, the laid-back, economy-focused game inspired by The Settlers will receive its next major content patch on June 25, 2024

In the Mining Update, players will find additional units, resources, buildings, and enemies, which they’ll all have to consider when planning their next settlement. 

Though mining is already a feature in Pioneers of Pagonia, players can only access minerals and ores on the surface at the moment. After the update, digging greedily and deeply is finally back on the menu – and with that comes a highly anticipated unit inspired by The Settlers: the Geologist.

Envision thought of something to make this old fan favorite even more special, so his voice was contributed by streamer SodaPoppin for the English version of the game. In the German version, players will hear the voice of Gronkh when clicking on the Geologist – he’s without a doubt the most recognizable and successful German gaming YouTuber, so this is quite a big get for the studio. His long experience of making Minecraft videos undoubtedly made him perfect for the job and will certainly be reflected in a few references here and there.

Thanks to the brand-new resources introduced through this update, fresh production chains can be established: Gold ore can be mined and processed, while your military can be upgraded with new weapons and armor made from steel.

Your brave soldiers will need those new tools, as a new brand of bandits can be found on the map. They expand their territory over time, exploiting all the natural resources they find and leaving behind an empty wasteland. If you want to create a flourishing island empire, you’ll need to put an end to their activities sooner rather than later.

In 2024, two additional major content patches are planned for the game: Up next is the Magic Update – you’ll never guess which aspects of the title it’ll expand – with an as-yet untitled patch scheduled for winter.

Marco Wutz


Marco Wutz is a writer from Parkstetten, Germany. He has a degree in Ancient History and a particular love for real-time and turn-based strategy games like StarCraft, Age of Empires, Total War, Age of Wonders, Crusader Kings, and Civilization as well as a soft spot for Genshin Impact and Honkai: Star Rail. He began covering StarCraft 2 as a writer in 2011 for the largest German community around the game and hosted a live tournament on a stage at gamescom 2014 before he went on to work for Bonjwa, one of the country's biggest Twitch channels. He branched out to write in English in 2015 by joining tl.net, the global center of the StarCraft scene run by Team Liquid, which was nominated as the Best Coverage Website of the Year at the Esports Industry Awards in 2017. He worked as a translator on The Crusader Stands Watch, a biography in memory of Dennis "INTERNETHULK" Hawelka, and provided live coverage of many StarCraft 2 events on the social channels of tl.net as well as DreamHack, the world's largest gaming festival. From there, he transitioned into writing about the games industry in general after his graduation, joining GLHF, a content agency specializing in video games coverage for media partners across the globe, in 2021. He has also written for NGL.ONE, kicker, ComputerBild, USA Today's ForTheWin, The Sun, Men's Journal, and Parade. Email: marco.wutz@glhf.gg