King Art Games have announced that Iron Harvest will be published by Deep Silver which immediately raised questions whether the game will be Epic Games Store exclusive. So far it seems the game will fare better than Phoenix Point.
King Art Games' ambitious RTS project that mixes World War 2 and steampunk mechs into a unique style will be published by Deep Silver, who are now infamous for pulling Metro Exodus from under Valve's feet and making it an Epic Games Store exclusive.
Furthermore, Iron Harvest was funded on Kickstarter by future players, which prompted them to have worries similar to those of Phoenix Point backers.
King Art Games appear to have resolved the situation better than Snapshot Games, as they assured the fans their pledges will guarantee them a Steam or GOG key on release.
While Snapshot Games also promised their backers Steam and GOG keys, they will have to wait until the exclusivity period ends, but they will essentially receive two copies of the game - one on Epic Games Store and one on their preferred platform.
On top of that, King Art Games didn't kick off an advertising campaign on Steam yet and it remains to be seen whether there will be one at all, since Valve are likely wary of Deep Silver's practices.
According to the official announcement by the developers, their partnership with Deep Silver will help out in areas that are not essential to development so King Art will actually be able to focus more on delivering better content. This also means a level editor is something they will work on now as well as ports to additional platforms.
Speaking of the level editor, it appears to be one of the most requested Iron Harvest features as it would ensure birth of mods and therefore longevity of the game. Considering their worries about production, first-party relations and marketing will be eased due to Deep Silver handling those matters, the editor is all but confirmed at this point.