Developer King Art has announced that its alternate-reality World War I RTS Iron Harvest has entered a multiplayer alpha programme on Steam.
The Kickstarter-funded game, which is due to be ported to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One as well as releasing on PC, is described by King Art: “After the Great War, farmers found a plethora of unexploded ordnance, barbed wire, weapons, shrapnel and bullets while ploughing their fields. They called it the Iron Harvest. Iron Harvest is a real-time strategy game (RTS) set in the alternate reality of 1920+, just after the end of the Great War.”
King Art adds: “Players can join the Alpha by pre-ordering the game to get access to many new dieselpunk mechs and challenging multiplayer PVP and co-op maps with up to four friends. With the multiplayer launch, players can wreck enemy mechs and wreak havoc on the environment by testing their skills and strategies against more than 20.000 Kickstarter backers.”
The developer says that the multiplayer alpha offers: “Multiplayer and co-op matches, in addition to skirmishes against the strong AI. Two 1v1 maps, one 2v2 map and a challenge map (horde mode). There are 8 infantry units, 10 mechs and two weapon systems (field cannon & heavy MG). Base building, bunkers and fortifications.”
For a cornucopia of information about Iron Harvest, head to the game’s blog, where you will find articles covering just about every aspect of it.
As yet, there’s no news about when the full game (with single-player elements) will launch on PC or the consoles, so you might want to keep an eye on its website.