Alternate history strategy title Iron Harvest 1920+ will be going through a free open beta phase, also known as a pre-season in this case, KING Art Games confirmed. The open beta will begin on July 30th. Through this pre-season, open beta players will be able to compete against other players and get some experience with the seasonal content that will be available in the final release of Iron Harvest 1920+. Anyone who competes will be in with a chance of competing in a final during gamescom 2020.
The Pre-Season content will include:
- For the first time all interested players will be able to take a sneak peak on the thrilling campaign missions.
- Skirmish and Challenge Maps: Players can take on the AI alone or in co-op with a friend.
- Competitive Multiplayer: Players can challenge each other in thrilling toe to toe battles on either 1v1, 2v2 or even one 3v3 map!
There will be three major factions in the game which are the Saxony Empire, The Polania Republic, and Rusviet. Saxony surrendered during the war and a lot of people are unhappy with that conclusion, especially since the empire is one of the most powerful in the world. 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. Rusviet is a heavily industrialised nation though unrest is occurring as Tsar Nikolai and Rasputin vie for power.
Players will use regular soldiers, heroes, and mechs to fight in various scenarios in different sandbox levels. It is up to you how you reach objectives through a dynamic story.
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. The challenge of translating an RTS like this to controller will have to happen some other time. The PC release will be September 1st, with console releases coming next year.
Source: Press Release