Iron Harvest is a multiplayer RTS set in a robot-filled 1920s era, now in open beta

    
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Iron Harvest is a multiplayer RTS set in a robot-filled 1920s era, now in open beta

Developer KING Art Games and publisher Deep Silver have dared to ask, “What if the Polish-Soviet War had robots in it?” That’s the general setup for Iron Harvest, a real-time strategy title that pits three factions — Polania, Saxony, and Rusviet — in a war with one another in an alternate reality 1920s setting where massive war robots are a thing.

The game is currently in an open beta that it’s calling a “pre-season,” offering players a sneak peek at the game’s campaign mode, skirmish and challenge maps that can be taken on solo with AI or in co-op play, and competitive multiplayer with 1v1, 2v2, or even 3v3 maps. Anyone taking part in pre-season will be able to earn rankings and rewards, and players who take part in competitive play can earn a spot in a competition at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany, which readers will recall is going to digitally happen between August 27th and 30th.

As for the full game itself, Iron Harvest is set to release on PC via Steam, GOG, and EGS on Tuesday, September 1st, with a console release planned for some time in 2021. The most recent patch notes for the open beta build are here, while a trailer is below.

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traja

Looks pretty good. Really the only concern for me is the fact that it is an RTS. That genre has always been too hardcore to get into as multiplayer. The barrier to entry is super high and the playstyle of trying to do as many actions per minute as you possibly can is just not fun for me.

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McGuffn

I remember when I thought this looked interesting. That was years ago now.

Carlo Lacsina
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Carlo Lacsina

Anyone play that board game scythe? That’s the vibe I’m getting here

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Tyler F.M. Edwards

It’s the same setting, same creator.

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IronSalamander8 .

I have. I almost Kickstarted Scythe but Cthulhu Wars Onslaught 2 was up at the same time and I couldn’t outlay that much cash at once!

I’m actually glad I didn’t back it after playing it though. It’s not a bad game, but the theme of stompy steampunk mechs doesn’t match how the game actually plays; the mechs mostly just drag resources around like glorified meeples.

I have this game on my Steam wishlist though, the theme is great and I still enjoy RTS games from time to time.

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miol

original enough

not bad