Petroglyph Games, the developers behind games like Grey Goo and Star Wars: Empire at War, announced earlier this year that they would be making a new RTS game called Forged Battalion. It features heavy unit and faction customisation, although back then, the only release date was a "Q1 2018" window for its Early Access period. Now, there's an exact date for the game's Early Access release: 16 January, 2018.
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That's Steam Early Access, in case there was any doubt, and the Steam Store page is already live for you to take a look at. Announced through the news page for Forged Battalion, the game will have both single-player and multiplayer modes available at the Early Access launch, although neither will be fully fleshed out, as with all Early Access games.
- The full list of Early Access content at launch is:
- Campaign missions comprising the first act of a multi-act storyline
- Skirmish maps supporting up to eight players and/or AI
- Multiple Skirmish game modes including HQ Destruction and Annihilation
- Dedicated servers to support multiplayer
- Five customisable archetypes of units (infantry, light vehicle, heavy vehicle, air and turrets)
- Resource management of tech tree points earned in tactical battles
A roadmap is expected to be published at some point soon that should detail how content updates will drop through the Early Access period, which is expected to last "several months."
The reason why Forged Battalion is going into Early Access is because Petroglyph Games are looking for player feedback, as they want the game to support "a balanced competitive environment that is fun and rewarding for both new and veteran RTS players alike." Given how Grey Goo made clear steps to try and make the RTS genre more accessible, it's likely that Petroglyph Ganes will be doing something similar for Forged Battalion.
There's no price for Forged Battalion yet, and you can't pre-order the Early Access version. It will, however, be cheaper in the Early Access period than at final release, and players will have a say in the game's development.