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Ironclad Tactics Coming to PS4

Zach Barth's Avatar + Posted by Zach Barth on Apr 30, 2014 // Creative Director, Zachtronics

One of the problems with making a game about the American Civil War is that it’s fairly boring, at least compared to other video game themes. However, I believe that we have solved that problem, through the addition of massive, steam-powered automatons designed for a single purpose: WAR!


Ironclad Tactics is a fast-paced, card-based tactics game set in the American Civil War… with robots! Although it’s reminiscent of the tactics games and collectible card games that we’re all familiar with, we’ve done a few things that make the game stand out:

  • When it comes to games, I am not a patient person. One of my biggest frustrations with card and tactics games is waiting for my opponent to take their turn, especially when they’re an AI. In Ironclad Tactics, this is not a problem, as the entire game is streamlined for 10-second, fixed-length turns taken by all players simultaneously, blending the best of turn-based and real-time gameplay.
  • You can call me old fashioned, but one thing I don’t understand are digital card games that require you to purchase individual cards. They’re just ones and zeroes! They don’t exist! In Ironclad Tactics, you win cards to build your decks by playing the game and completing puzzles and challenges, not by purchasing them individually or in digital “booster packs.”
  • There’s a story in Ironclad Tactics, and it’s awesome. It also happens to be an 80+ page in-game graphic novel, with beautifully colored illustrations and snappy dialogue. It took us so long to make that I can’t even count how many months we spent working on it. You’re going to love it.
  • Did I mention that Ironclad Tactics is fully multiplayer enabled? In addition to being able to play matches against other players, you can also play all of the campaigns cooperatively with your friends over the internet. There’s even a mode where you get to play as the bosses from the game and crush your friends!

Although we’ve been developing PC games at Zachtronics for years now, Ironclad Tactics is our first foray into developing a game for PlayStation. To see the console we grew up with evolve into a powerful platform for indie developers is exciting, and we can’t wait to share our game with you on PS4!

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+ akibake on April 30th, 2014 at 4:00 pm said:

Some of the things you say about card and tactics games really resonates, so I’m gonna pay attention to this one. Sounds interesting.


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+ coolasj19 on April 30th, 2014 at 4:41 pm said:

I think I’ve played something like this years ago and really enjoyed it. And the Graphic Novel has me really really interested. But I can’t help thinking how this would play on a TV, and how much more I’d be likely to buy it/play it if I could do it on the go with the Vita. Keep us updated. And do you have a Twitter?


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    + Zach Barth on April 30th, 2014 at 5:09 pm said:

    We’re looking into whether a Vita version is possible, but the PS4 is a definite. And yes, you can follow us at @zachtronics!


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+ CrownedLion on April 30th, 2014 at 5:21 pm said:

Cool, this is a really interesting fusion of things I enjoy. Best of luck emerging into console space.


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+ GStylez1980 on April 30th, 2014 at 6:26 pm said:

I’d also love to see this game on Vita. I’ve been playing Hearthstone on my iPad and it plays wonderfully with touch controls. I think this game would similarly play wonderfully.


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+ FearMonkey on April 30th, 2014 at 8:43 pm said:

I love cards games. This totally looks up my alley. Are you already on Steam? If so, I’m surprised I don’t already have it. :p


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    + Zach Barth on April 30th, 2014 at 9:58 pm said:

    The game’s been out on Steam for a few months, which means it’ll be packed with our recently developed bonus content the moment it hits the PS4!


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+ GrafUlrich88 on April 30th, 2014 at 10:08 pm said:

Hey Zach,

I can’t wait to get this game. Please get on PS4 soon I want to play. I hope you will look at doing some expansions as well. Perhaps a Napoleon vs the British one (land and naval battles) or a Spanish American War themed expansion (Just a couple of ideas).

Cheers!!!

Graf


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+ Rainwater on May 1st, 2014 at 8:39 am said:

Uhhh…this looks awesome. PS4 isn’t in my immediate future so I’m hoping a Vita version works out. The art style is fantastic.


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+ ECisMe on May 1st, 2014 at 9:41 am said:

I absolutely adore SpaceChem. This looks very promising. I wish you were releasing on PS3, I would have bought it!


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+ tusunami on May 1st, 2014 at 6:24 pm said:

The concept sounds intriguing I just may check this out. I hope ther will be a demo possibly.


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+ Elvick_ on May 4th, 2014 at 1:36 am said:

Unsure about this one, but we’ll see.


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+ X-Live-X on May 7th, 2014 at 6:28 am said:

Any info about the (approximate) release date?


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