Bold New RTS From Ex-Westwood Devs “Forged Battalion” Launches on Steam Early Access

Petrogylph Games, a developer made up of ex-Westwood Studios (Command & Conquer series) staff, have released their latest strategy game Forged Battalion onto PC via Steam Early Access.

The game is now available for PC, via Steam Early Access. Featured above, you can view the launch trailer for the game’s Early Access release.

The initial launch for Forged Battalion is comprised of five campaign missions, multiplayer modes, and five multiplayer maps. Petroglyph are hoping to have the game in Early Access for only six months.

Here’s a rundown on the game, via Petroglyph:

Towards the end of the 21 century, the effects of climate change have devastated the world and a military force called “The Collective” has spread across the globe. As part of the resistance group it’s time for you to join the fight!

Customize your unique faction in a new take on real-time strategy as you fight in a variety of skirmish, solo, and multiplayer battles.  You are not only a commander, but also an engineer – so you have ultimate control over your faction’s units, factories, superweapons and economy.

Manage, customize, and develop the blueprints of your emerging faction to create ever-evolving factories and units.  Between missions a deep tech tree unlocks components that you’ll use to design combat units. As more technology is unlocked, your designs become more advanced and powerful.

Using resources gained in battle, you’ll unlock new options through the metagame Tech Tree to choose the archetype, armor, locomotor, weapons, and special abilities such as stealth and regeneration that will make your faction one of a kind.  Ultimately, you will have access to the most powerful options, including an array of deadly superweapons to launch against your foes.

Key Features:

  • Forge your Faction
    Modify every unit chassis (Infantry, Light Vehicle, Heavy Vehicle, Aircraft) with a host of weapons, support and locomotor types. Add regenerative armor to your light vehicle, or add an anti-tank gun to your aircraft. Adapt to every situation, and every opponent.
  • Persistent Tech tree
    Each battle you win, in each mode, contributes towards your faction’s technology upgrades with different science paths; advancing tech tree unlocks blueprints.
  • A dynamic story campaign
    The resistance needs you to forge a new force to be reckoned with. Play through an exciting story campaign that will test your ability to react and adapt to the increasing threat of the ‘The Collective’.
  • Online multiplayer
    Join up to seven other players in a variety of online multiplayer modes for intense tactical co-operative and versus action on dedicated servers.

Forged Battalion is planned for a full 2018 release, in 2018. Make sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel, where we’ll be livestreaming the game!



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  1. Anon_Amous
    January 16, 2018 at 12:30 pm


  2. UnpluggedBeta
    January 16, 2018 at 1:14 pm

    Hah, I really like the idea of customizing your guys in an rts. Okay, I’m in. I’d much rather be the imperial faction putting down the disgusting rebels like the swine they are though; why is it always some plucky “resistance” faction? When did the terrorist rebels in Syria become the good guys?

  3. Shattno
    January 16, 2018 at 1:16 pm

    I’m not crazy about early access, but for old Westwood devs I can make an exception

  4. Madbrainbox
    January 16, 2018 at 1:17 pm

    Too many bright lights.Too many particle effects.You can barely see the action.And that’s a no-no in an RTS as far as I’m concerned.Had the same problem with DoW3.

  5. TheOnceAndFutureKing
    January 16, 2018 at 2:57 pm

    Hopefully it’s fun, I’m very skeptical of spiritual successors to old games made independently by the original developers.

  6. RichardGristle
    January 16, 2018 at 3:20 pm

    Technically true for the whole industry.

    So far.

  7. PChandler
    January 16, 2018 at 4:36 pm

    Added the game to my Steam wishlist as soon as it became available but wasn’t really that excited about it, didn’t look that hot, but I didn’t know either about being able to customize each and every unit, that’s really cool! Reminds me of Impossible Creatures, now I’m excited.

    Graphically tho, still looks weird, the explosions look like something from an anime or cartoon, nice per se but out of place, while the rest of the game is 3D low-poly, textureless. The art needs improvement too, most of it looks kinda generic, they shouldn’t rely on the cutomizations options alone, they need to make it more appealing from the get-go, with lots of cool looking units, and likable, charming factions and characters.

  8. Madbrainbox
    January 16, 2018 at 5:35 pm

    People like the underdog.

  9. Grey
    January 16, 2018 at 10:48 pm

    It also doesn’t make for a great campaign if you were playing the other side of things. After one mission of crushing the poorly equipped and fledgling rebellion in open battle with your superior numbers and firepower, you spend the rest of the game cleaning up after suicide bombers.

  10. Madbrainbox
    January 17, 2018 at 4:44 am

    I think Xerxes was thinking the things will unfold this way before attacking the Greek City States.

  11. Hangmen13
    January 17, 2018 at 5:20 am

    This really looks like a mix of C&C and Warzone 2100, though because of it’s ‘Early Access’ label, I can’t help but have a little bit of skepticism despite the presence of ex-Westwood devs. BTW, you guys should really try out Warzone 2100. It’s an old but gold RTS that’s free for download.

  12. Gray
    January 17, 2018 at 6:08 am

    Man, I hope they don’t try to go all e-sports with this one. That did not seem to work out particularly well for Grey Goo.

  13. Gray
    January 17, 2018 at 6:09 am

    I mean, that assumes it’s easy to root out the insurgency. You’d have to make a whole game around that being a challenge – possibly not the most fertile ground for a C&C-style of game. ^^;

  14. Captain Manboobs
    Captain Manboobs
    January 17, 2018 at 6:18 am

    >get bought out by EA and get liquidated because EA is evil
    >literally just start a new company using the fuckloads of money you got when EA bought you.
    This sounds like a winning plan.

  15. SevTheBear
    January 17, 2018 at 7:04 am

    Looks decent. I will keep my eyes on it

  16. SevTheBear
    January 17, 2018 at 7:07 am

    Yeah even I get a bit curious about this one. The original devs behind C&C (before EA fucked it up) is a huge plus.

  17. SevTheBear
    January 17, 2018 at 7:10 am

    True, but it will be interesting to see what they are gonna do it with it. A pro team of ex devs from C&C series is promising. But of course as always, expect that it might not make the cut.

  18. SevTheBear
    January 17, 2018 at 7:11 am

    Yeah they have gone for the very flashy cartoon look.

  19. Shadowed Heart
    Shadowed Heart
    January 17, 2018 at 7:12 am

    I don’t really get on with RTS games tbh but I wouldn’t mind checking this one out.

  20. TheOnceAndFutureKing
    January 17, 2018 at 9:13 am

    Yeah…I’m looking at you MN9 and Yooka Laylee

  21. Shattno
    January 17, 2018 at 12:57 pm

    I know, right? I think these guys can pull off something cool

  22. SevTheBear
    January 17, 2018 at 3:37 pm

    fingers crossed

  23. UnpluggedBeta
    January 18, 2018 at 10:08 pm

    I invite you to play Syrian Warfare and tell me that there is no joy in crushing disgusting rebel scum through superior firepower and training.

  24. UnpluggedBeta
    January 18, 2018 at 10:08 pm

    Syrian Warfare is a great game precisely because they’re such a bitch to deal with.

  25. UnpluggedBeta
    January 18, 2018 at 10:09 pm

    I’m not sure that that’s the case. I’m also not sure that rebel terrorist scum are always the underdog by default.

  26. UnpluggedBeta
    January 18, 2018 at 10:10 pm

    DoW3 had a lot more problems than just the graphics haha, but I see your point.

  27. Madbrainbox
    January 18, 2018 at 11:30 pm

    They’re not?They usually have fewer resources and fewer people than the people they’re fighting against.