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Iron Harvest shows off six minutes of gameplay ahead of Kickstarter campaign

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A giant steam operated tin can with legs and guns.
Iron Harvest

Eager eyes were treated to six minutes of gameplay footage for the first time since Iron Harvest's announcement. The game's Kickstarter campaign is starting on 13 March 2018 and King Art Games are giving backers a taste of what they're pledging for.

Iron Harvest is an upcoming RTS with a unique style in development the German studio King Art Games. The game is set in 1920s in an alternate timeline where Europe's geographic map looks very different and diesel fueled mechs are widely employed in combat engagements.

King Art Games have recently announced a Kickstarter campaign in order to complete the game's development. Sure enough, a video of the actual gameplay footage soon followed, probably serving as a proof of concept.

King Art GamesSoldiers fighting over whose flag is planted in a wheat field.Iron Harvest - While mechs are one of the selling points, regular troops will play a large role in the game.

The trailer shows bits of combat and the various types of units you can choose. They are controlled in groups, as in you can't select a single soldier. This system is very reminiscent of Warhammer 40K and Company of Heroes gameplay. Furthermore, your units can change their stance just like in Company of Heroes and the game features a cover system which is arguably Warhammer 40K's signature thing.

Standard Polania rifleman units have the description of ''Cheap, fast and versatile units that can man weapon systems and buildings''. Eeven though they're weaker than a Mech, strategy can be adjusted in order to level the playing field. You will also notice the presence of a grenadier unit in the trailer, who is very effective at breaking clusters of enemy soldiers. Just like in Warhammer 40K, you can't capture strategic points with your mechanized units and will have to use these soldiers instead.

King Art GamesA 3D model of a diesel punk soldier holding a glowing mortar shooterIron Harvest: Saxony Heavy Infantry was also shown in the gameplay video. First time I see a human being used as an artillery unit in a game.

King Art Games are still sticking to the 2019 release for the game, and as of this moment it seems like Kickstarter may not have an impact on their plans.