2280 A.D. The last few survivors of a ruined Earth seek a new home: Mars, a planet whose inhabitants didn't take too kindly to outsiders. The Red Solstice is a tense, tactical, squad-based action game. Fight to survive with up to 8 players in co-op, or lead your own squad in single-player mode.
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Mixed (15 reviews) - 66% of the 15 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (947 reviews) - 82% of the 947 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jul 9, 2015

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February 23

Announcing Solstice Chronicles Fig fundraising campaign



Dear friends, fans, customers and fellow gamers:


As many of you are aware, in July of 2015 we released our first game, The Red Solstice, following a successful Kickstarter campaign and a year of intense development under Steam Early Access. Fueled by ambition to survive in the industry we love so much, our small team managed to deliver on our main goal and promise, to release a final product we can be proud of.
During the development of The Red Solstice, we noticed that many of our customers were asking if we could allow more direct WASD + mouse aiming control scheme to be used. Unfortunately that was impossible to do without compromising the fundamental ideas The Red Solstice was based upon, but it did show us though that there was definitely an interest for such more action based shooter type games. After The Red Solstice was released and we expanded our team with two additional full time members, we started debating our next project. The idea of making another game as a perhaps more arcade, more directly controlled and action based approach to The Red Solstice universe was naturally one of our favorites. As we are witnessing a revolution in the area of commercial general purpose game engines, it became obvious that it was no longer reasonable to maintain our own in-house engine so a decision was made to switch to Epic's Unreal Engine 4. It allowed us to devote much more time to actual content development and enabled much more flexibility both during the quick prototyping and later development.

Our first twin stick shooter type prototype was shown at the Zagreb Reboot Infogamer exhibition and was well received by the public so we immediately knew we were on the right track, but we weren't satisfied with making just another twin stick shooter. We wanted something that was easy to pick up and play, but offered tactical depth and complexity to those who wanted it. We wanted a true The Red Solstice take on twin stick shooters.
After a lot of testing of different ideas, we came up with a combination of systems that would require the player to both control the immediate situation on the battlefield and keep track of the global mission status:

A number of special „Tactical Skills“ would allow the player to change the immediate situation on the battlefield, kill or greatly weaken monsters surrounding him, push a whole wave of monsters off a cliff, cause a large wave of monsters to spawn, or grant a large number of supplies immediately, but they also affect the type and number of monsters that would spawn for the rest of the mission, making the game much easier or more difficult later on.


A number of different skills, weapons and combat suit types player can choose and upgrade in a RPG like skill system would allow for a large variety of play styles and different ways the players can personalize the way they handle different challenges.

One of our long time friends and supporters who also happens to be a talented story writer got into our first game's atmosphere and came up with a story about a stranded marine, left for the dead in the epicenter of an alien mutant apocalypse, fighting for his life alongside a sentient but slightly broken insurgent drone. We decided it was a perfect mix of dark horror and slightly over the top humor we so much love in the old school action sci-fi movies. We believe that is what defines The Red Solstice universe, and thus a framework for Solstice Chronicles: MIA was born.

Now, more then a year into the project, things are starting to fit into their place and we are genuinely happy with what we are seeing. Unfortunately, making a game is an expensive endeavour, and during our final months of development we are more and more forced to weigh our options based not only upon what is the ideal fit for our project, but also upon what we can afford. As we are determined to deliver the best product we possibly can, we decided to ask you all once more to place your trust with us and help us fund our project in these final months of its development and allow us to make Solstice Chronicles into the best game we can. As always, in return we promise both direct rewards to our backers, ranging from the access to the finished game up to the chance to personally work with us in order to leave your own direct mark on the game, and additional work that will be made pre and post release depending on the final level of funding we receive.
This time we have decided to work with a dedicated game confounding platform Fig to make this campaign possible. You can find the campaign web page at the link: https://www.fig.co/campaigns/solstice-chronicles-mia

Please support us by backing our project and spreading the word about our campaign!


As always sincerely yours, Ironward team.





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February 2

OUTPOST DEFENSE - Update! - FREE WEEKEND!

Hello everyone!
The Red Solstice is FREE to play for everyone next few days!

As promised, new things have been added to the game.

New Mode, Outpost defense:

Goal is simple, survive as long as you can defending your outpost and hopefully enjoying the starship troopers feeling in TRS
  • Outpost has 300 HP, if player is out of outpost, HP will drop by 5 for each player outside.
  • Reaper turret missions are spawned every 5 waves.
  • Some waves are extra hard.
  • Supplies are given every 60 seconds, waves in normal mode are 60 sec, fast mode is 30


You can select it under SECTOR > OUTPOST DEFENSE.


New Map:



TRS is also 60% off!
Enjoy!



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Reviews

“The Red Solstice is evocative, deeply engaging action that lives primarily in its diversity of tactics.”
81/100 – http://www.4players.de/4players.php/dispbericht/PC-CDROM/Test/29007/81273/0/The_Red_Solstice.html

“What do you get when you take the likes of Dead Space and Starcraft and throw them in a blender? A bloody cascade that is The Red Solstice.”
85/100 – HookedGamers

“Players looking for a challenge will be right at home, and anyone who wants to experiment with different strategies will find a wealth of variety here. They manage to succeed in delivering an atmospheric tactical strategy game where friends become allies and allies become monster food.”
4.5/5 – Co-Optimus

About This Game

Spiritual successor of NOTD games!

If you think you have what it takes to survive the onslaught, go forth, Space Marine!

The Red Solstice is a tactical, squad-based survival game set in the distant future on Mars, playable in single-player or with up to 8 players in cooperative online multiplayer.

Roam freely over huge maps, complete randomized objectives and deal with surprise events that keep you on the edge of your seat.

Survive and conquer by any means necessary. Get stronger every time. Level up to unlock new weapons and abilities. Try to survive the storm.

Key features

  • Take the Lead: Issue commands and set waypoints and objectives for your friends as you outsmart and outgun your way through the derelict domiciles of Tharsis.
  • Play Your Way, Together: With support for 8-player co-op, play as one of 8 distinct, customizable classes, each with unique abilities and traits.
  • Odd Jobs: Tackle an onslaught of randomly generated events with just one hour to make your mark. From zone defense to supply retrieval, you’re never short of enemies to kill and objectives to complete.
  • Earn and Learn: Kill to earn experience points and unlock new abilities and classes. Heal allies, deploy turrets, launch grenades, set traps and much, much more.
  • Tactical Single-Player: Play on your own and lead a squad through a satisfying single-player campaign, and lead your squad through a wide variety of levels using The Red Solstice's Tactical Mode, which lets you issue commands while slowing down the action.
  • Game NOT Over, Man: Killing ain’t easy. Drive back untold Martian horrors in multiple modes, maps and difficulties and get stronger every time. Even if you perish.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7 or Later
    • Processor: Intel Core i5-2320 CPU @ 3.00 Ghz or Better
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI Radeon HD 3800 / Nvidia GeForce 9600 GT or Better
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: A Fine High Definition Audio Device Never Hurt Anyone
    • Additional Notes: OpenGL / OpenAL
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