Iron Harvest (opens in new tab) it is essentially a WW1 RTS, except instead of developing primitive, unreliable tanks, the powers involved have developed clunky, steam-powered battle mechs. It’s a great concept and luckily the execution lives up to it: we call it “a spectacular and solid RTS” in our 82% rating (opens in new tab)and a “worthy spiritual successor” to Relic’s great Company of Heroes.
Developer King Art has expanded the game since then with new game modes, a reimagining of the Russian Revolution, and – appropriately late – the addition of American forces.
Today the studio announced that another big update (opens in new tab) is on the way that will add a new “World Map Campaign mode” for singleplayer combat against AI. It’s not a campaign in the story sense, but more like a game of Risk or Axis and Allies: from a specific starting point, players will face off against AI enemies in a direct war for world domination. Along with pre-defined initial conditions, creating custom scenarios is also available.
“Entering each province will expose you to new battles and skirmish settings,” said King Art. “There will be a lot of replayability in this game mode.”
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The update will be free for all players. More details will be released as the update moves closer to release, but at this time there is no indication of when that will happen. And if you’re a Kickstarter backer—Iron Harvest started out as a Kickstarter Project (opens in new tab) in 2018 – you’ll be happy to hear that King Art said the long-awaited campaign rewards have also started shipping “and we hope they arrive on your doorstep in the coming weeks.”