In the first of a new video series, King Art Games have released a deep dive into the Rusviet Faction from their upcoming alt-history WWI era strategy game Iron Harvest 1920+.
Set in a world where WWI continued after our own world’s conclusion in 1918, technology went not in the direction of tanks with treads, but rather toward dieselpunk mechs that stomp across the battlefield. That World War has now concluded, but the fight for supremacy in the 20th century continues on, the game taking deep inspirations from the Company of Heroes series for its style of RTS warfare.
The game will tell the story of the Rusviet nation, inspired by Russia and the Soviet Union, as they struggle to keep resources flowing through the country and stave off collapse Despite this, their mechs are some of the largest in the game, allowing them to dominate the battlefield whether it’s in close combat or with slow, but devastating artillery.
It’s not just mechs though. The Rusviet can also lean on a skilled commando who rides a Siberian tiger into battle. Yes, you read that right. She rides a Siberian tiger into battle!
Alongside the Rusviet faction are the Saxony Empire and Polania Republic, both of which will surely feature in future videos. Saxony was forced to surrender during the war with a lot of dissatisfaction at that outcome when their empire remains one of the most powerful in the world, while Polania is a smaller nation that is stuck between Saxony and Rusviet, with much of the population working in agriculture. Following the war some areas are still occupied by Rusviet forces, but again, there’s deep unrest within the realms of their occupiers.
The game was originally announced for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, but the team are now just focussing on the PC version of the game ahead of a release on 1/9/20 – geddit?. The challenge of translating an RTS like this to controller will have to happen some other time, but we look forward to checking the game out on PC later this year.
Source: press release