Fantasy co-op RTS DwarfHeim is now in Steam Early Access

Claims of ‘reinventing’ the real-time strategy genre are nothing new, especially in recent years. For every remaster of Age of Empires or Warcraft that gets thrown out, there are dozens of new RTS projects that struggle to gain traction, all believing they’ve got what it takes. DwarfHeim is a new co-op RTS game that’s just released into Steam Early Access today. Its central theme is working as a team in 3v3 matches; there are three classes one can play - Warrior, Builder, and Miner. They each have their own specific role to play, and each have their own unique mechanics and units. No single person can achieve victory. The Warrior and Builder have the most traditional RTS gameplay loops, with the former focusing on attacking and map control, with the Builder developing up the settlement and making sure there are plenty of defences. The Miner is more concerned with harvesting the resources needed to fuel the other two’s development, and their game involves a lot of conveyor belts and production lines, creating a weirdly Factorio-style substrata beneath DwarfHeim’s Warcraft-like veneer.

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