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‘Iron Harvest 1920+’ Introduces New Playable Faction In Operation Eagle Update

The Operation Eagle addon is now available for Iron Harvest 1920+ and features a new playable faction in the form of The American Union of Usonia. Usonia stayed out of the Great War, strengthening their industry, professionalizing their army and building a powerful air force. America’s past conflicts have been local, but the European catastrophe that was World War I paved the way for Usonia to play a bigger role on the world stage.

Whilst they stayed out of the initial conflicts, Usonia became a mighty economic and military force and relied heavily on their heavily armed zeppelin craft. The Usonia faction brings more variety to the Iron Harvest battlefields with additional new buildings and new units (including flying units) for all factions to enhance the Iron Harvest Roster and give players even more options to find the perfect attack and defence strategy.

Watch the Operation Eagle trailer below:

If you haven’t had the chance to play Iron Harvest 1920+ yet, you should definitely be checking out our review.

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Operation Eagle key features:

• The new Usonia Faction with over 20 new units
• The Usonia Campaign (Singleplayer & Coop)
• Three new playable heroes
• New playable allies from the Arabia sub-faction
• New flying units for all factions
• New structures and anti-air defences for all factions
• New Multiplayer Maps
• Dozens of new skins & new seasons to come


Iron Harvest: Factions & Backstory Differences Explained

A review of the three main factions in the upcoming RTS Iron Harvest, and what players can expect in terms of backstory, abilities, and aesthetics.

The latest trailers for the upcoming real-time strategy game Iron Harvest assaults players with brutal imagery of a World War I that could have been, where soldiers from warring nations rampage through forests and fields of grain with diesel-powered mechs. Fittingly, the three main factions in this RTS correspond to early 20th century European nation-states which existed during and came into being after "the War to End All Wars."

The strange, surreal setting of Iron Harvest, "The World of 1920+," was first dreamed up by the mind of Polish visual artist Jakub Rozalski, who painted a series of landscapes with a common motifs: farmers and children in rustic garb going about their day to day lives while tall, anachronistic robots march past in the background. This novelty of these landscapes lie in how they contrast the mundane beauty of rural life with the uncanny intrusion of advanced technology. A similar motif can be seen in the "Tales From the Loop" paintings by Swedish artist Simon Stålenhag, which wound up inspiring a tabletop roleplaying game and a TV series.

Related: When Tales From The Loop Is Supposed To Be Set

Rozalski's "The World of 1920+" setting was adapted into a tabletop strategy board game called Scythe, in which players take control of nation-state factions in the continent of Europa, each armed with robotic war machines produced by the mysterious city-state known only as "The Factory". The goal of players in this game is to build up their faction's economy, capture new territory to expand their nations, and uncover the mysteries of their world by drawing "Encounter Cards" and resolving the scenarios described within. Unsurprisingly, the Iron Harvest RTS borrows many elements from Scythe, includingthe designs of mechs and other army units, the visual stylings of the nation-state factions, and the "Hero Units" of these factions, each of whom has a trusty animal companion.

Iron Harvest Faction #1: The Polonian Republic

The Polonian Republic, arguably the "protagonist faction" of Iron Harvest, corresponds to the the Second Polish Republic that formed in the aftermath of World War 1. Polonia's frontline mechs have the general shape of drum-cans with legs, and their national hero, "Anna," is a red-headed sniper who fights alongside Wojtek, her ursine comrade in arms. As with real-life Poland, the newly founded Polonian Republic is fighting to maintain its independence against the Saxons and the Rusviets, two rival nation-states and former occupiers of their homeland.

Iron Harvest Faction #2: the Saxon Empire

The Saxon Empire faction of Iron Harvest has castle-shaped, heavily-armored mechs that frequently walk around on four legs, while many of their infantry bear Iron Cross icons and wear spiked Pickelhaube helmets. In case it wasn't obvious, this game faction is a blatant stand-in for the German Empire, albeit one founded by aristocrats from Saxony rather than Prussia. The national hero of Saxony, Gunter von Duisburg, personally reared his two dire-wolf companions, Nacht and Tag, to be (preemptive) defenders of his country.

Iron Harvest Faction #3: The Rusviet Union

The Rusviet Union, naturally, corresponds to the historical Soviet Union, with a dash of aesthetic from the Tsar-ruled Russian Empire. The Rusviet's frontline mechs invariably have backwards-canted legs, which may be a shout-out to the Russian legend of Baba Yaga and her chicken-legged hut, while the national hero of Rusviet, the submachine gun-toting Olga Romanova, has a Siberian Tiger companion named Changa. The rivalry between Polonia and Rusviet in Iron Harvest is modeled after the real-life Polish-Soviet War of 1919 to 1921, in which the fledgling Soviet Union tried to conquer the newly formed Polish state.

More than Diesel-punk imagery, one could say that main theme of Iron Harvest is nationalism – specifically, how a nation with one language, culture and creed is as artificial in concept as giant walking war robots or mechanical animals. The soldiers and mechs who tear apart the farming village in the latest trailer forIron Harvest embody the destructively industrial nature of nationalism, which too often enforces unity at the cost trampling over the small, humble, peaceful people of the world.

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There are four playable factions in Iron Harvest, each with over a dozen individual units and three playable heroes. Each hero character offers additional options in combat and reconnaissance. The main story is told from the perspective of the three different factions.



In the board-game Scythe there are additional factions. There is currently no word whether these factions will make it into the game via updates or DLCs, but they are:

Other Countries have been mentioned throughout the Iron Harvest Campaigns. These countries are:

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Iron Harvest's new DLC adds America, but makes its existing problems worse

I mostly enjoyed Iron Harvest when I reviewed it last year. The Company of Heroes-style RTS matched Relic’s eye for spectacle, while its thrumming, diesel-powered mechs were as imaginative as they were awesome. But I had one major complaint, which was that the end of a match always turned into a tedious slog thanks to a combination of agonisingly slow late-game units and AI that's uncannily good at producing reinforcements.

I’d hoped the recently released Operation Eagle DLC might have fixed this issue, but instead the expansion makes the problem far worse. What was once a flaw that affected only the latter-stages of a mission now affects the whole campaign, turning matches into a ceaseless and unpleasant struggle that never give you a second to breathe.

It’s unfortunate because, on paper, the expansion sounds great. Operation Eagle introduces a new faction called Usonia, which, if you know anything about architecture, was a term coined by the architect Frank Lloyd Wright for his idealised vision of an American lifestyle. No doubt you can surmise from that where Iron Harvest’s new faction is based geographically, although I doubt Lloyd Wright’s philosophy included hulking ferrous death-machines smashing the shit out of one another.

In any case, Usonia becomes embroiled in Iron Harvest’s previously Eurocentric war after the Rusviets invade Alaska. The campaign’s story follows captain William Mason as he fights first in Alaska and then in Arabia, where he’s tasked with helping a guerrilla force of Bedouin tribespeople oust their Saxon colonisers. It’s a story that delves surprisingly deep into America’s shift from being an insular country into a highly interventionist one although, as with Iron Harvest, Operation Eagle’s storytelling is let down by iffy writing and acting that doesn’t so much chew the scenery as swallow it whole.

A new faction obviously means new units, and Usonia’s mechs are an eclectic bunch. They include a walking machine-gun nest ideal for mowing down squads of infantry, and a weird, beetle-like mobile artillery unit that has the unique ability to cloak. The star of Usonia’s armour is undoubtedly the Knox. A walking arsenal armed with just about every kind of gun and missile-launcher you can imagine, the Knox is the second amendment in mech form, ripping through enemies with its overwhelming firepower.

But Operation Eagle does more than provide a suite of all-American mechs. It also adds several unique Arabian units, such as sword-wielding Hashashins and machinegun-toting camel riders. Most notable, however, is the addition of a new vehicle type to Operation Eagle—Airships. As with mechs, airships come in multiple classes, ranging from what is basically an inflated sack with a machine-gun tied to it, to a propeller-powered capital-ship that deploys swarms of drones to carpet-bomb enemy positions.

These airships look every bit as cool as the giant mechs that make Iron Harvest such a visually distinctive RTS. But like the walking buildings of the first game, the airships are also the source of trouble for Operation Eagle. You’d think airships would be the perfect solution to Iron Harvest’s attritional endgame, a comparatively nippy vehicle that helps punch through a stubborn yet futile defence. But Iron Harvest’s airships are just as slow as the mechs, while also being more fragile than their terrestrial equivalents. They also make fights more confusing, obscuring other units from view and having an annoying tendency to float off after retreating enemies.

Operation Eagle’s main problem, however, is that so many of the missions are tedious exercises in grinding out victory. Problems begin in the second mission, where you’re tasked with re-taking an Alaskan oil-refinery from the Rusviets. Capturing the refinery feels like a natural conclusion for the mission, but then Operation Eagle springs a massive Rusviet counterattack on you, assaulting your positions both at the refinery itself and at the base you built on the other side of the map. There’s no warning this might happen, and the game gives you one measly minute to prepare your defence. Later missions see you constantly harried and harassed by enemy forces from the moment the mission starts, with the enemy able to spew out an endless torrent of mechs while you can barely get a tent up without it being shot full of holes.

Operation Eagle is designed to be completed after Iron Harvest, so it’s reasonable for it to be more challenging. But at one point I switched the difficulty down to easy and it made no discernible difference to the experience, suggesting Operation Eagle is not particularly well-balanced. Moreover, the way missions start at 11 exacerbates the problem of the main game, which is that lost ground takes ages to recover because the mechs are so darned slow. Indeed, despite being designed to push Iron Harvest’s mech-on-mech action to the limit, I ended up enjoying Operation Eagle’s smaller, infantry-focussed missions more, because I could actually think about the tactics of each encounter and wasn’t constantly rebuilding my defences or fighting fires across the map.

These problems aren’t impossible to fix. A better graded opening to missions and more time to process their various twists and turns would help Operation Eagle considerably, while the airships would have a bigger impact if they were more durable and reliable. But as it currently stands, the concoction of gases that keeps Operation Eagle afloat also makes it too volatile to enjoy.


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