Iron Harvest interview: Combining history with science-fiction

We spoke with the developers behind Iron Harvest to learn more about the game's creation.

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Iron Harvest is a recently released real-time strategy game set during World War 1. The game captures the WWI aesthetic from the locations, to the weapons, and even the giant dieselpunk mechs! What’s that? There weren’t any giant dieselpunk mechs in WWI? Well, that’s precisely what makes Iron Harvest stand out. We got in touch with Jan Theysen, creative director on Iron Harvest to talk about the process of Iron Harvest’s creation.

With Iron Harvest being based in an alternate reality, how was the game’s world influenced by the climate following The Great War? What liberties did you take?

What will WWI/history buffs notice in Iron Harvest?

How do the giant mechs influence combat strategy?

How did the concept of totally destructible environments come into play when designing levels?

How do each of the three factions bring a unique flair to combat?

Tell me about the Steampunk influence, did that come before or after the WWI concepts?


Iron Harvest is certainly one of the most unique takes we’ve seen on the real-time strategy genre in recent memory. Blending the historically accurate settings and weapons with science-fiction technology makes for a unique experience. Iron Harvest is available now for $49.99 USD on PC. More information can be found on the game’s official website.

Contributing Editor

Donovan is a young journalist from Maryland, who likes to game. His oldest gaming memory is playing Pajama Sam on his mom's desktop during weekends. Pokémon Emerald, Halo 2, and the original Star Wars Battlefront 2 were some of the most influential titles in awakening his love for video games. After interning for Shacknews throughout college, Donovan graduated from Bowie State University in 2020 with a major in broadcast journalism and joined the team full-time. He is a huge Star Wars nerd and film fanatic that will talk with you about movies and games all day. You can follow him on twitter @Donimals_

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