Niche Spotlight – Black Powder Red Earth

Black Powder Red Earth

Today’s Niche Spotlight is Black Powder Red Earth, a squad-based, turn-based tactics game by _Echelon Software.

Based on a series of graphic novels by the same name, Black Powder Red Earth places players in control of private military kill teams tasked with hunting down jihadists and other rebel elements in Middle Eastern Petro-Monarchies, to ensure that oil continues to flow uninterrupted.

Developed with support and advice of special operations combat veterans, the game focuses entirely on minute-to-minute turn-based tactical battles on procedurally generated maps. Maneuver your operators into position, clear buildings, and conduct high stakes raids.

You can find the launch trailer below.

Black Powder Red Earth is available on Windows PC, Linux, and Mac via Steam for $19.99 USD.

You can find the rundown (via Steam) below:

The near present. Following the invasion of Iraq, Private Military Contractors(PMC) become the preferred instrument of foreign policy by Petro-Monarchies in the failed states of the Middle East. Staffed with US special operations combat veterans, PMC select, train and lead armies of local nationals in conventional and unconventional warfare operations. Combat actions conducted by the contractors are not considered acts of war. They are matters of foreign internal defense.

Black Powder Red Earth® is a minute-to-minute turn-based tactics game set in a proxy war between the dictatorship of a failing petro-state and a brutal jihadist insurgency. Fighting in war-torn urban sprawls, players lead an enhanced capability advisory and enabler unit, conducting kinetic actions with full lethal surrogacy to accomplish their missions.

Based on the Amazon best selling graphic novels of the same name, Black Powder Red Earth™ was developed with the support and advice of Special Operations combat veterans from the Commanders In-Extremis Force and by the designer of the Decentralized Battle Space Program. Black Powder Red Earth® has no tech trees, base building or R&D mini-games. It focuses entirely on meaningful tactical decisions that influence the outcome of raids in urban environments.

Step into the event horizon of absolute chaos — now.

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Frank Streva


Niche Gamer’s resident indie expert. Digs through the Steam new releases so you don’t have to. Massive fan of miniature and board games as well.

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