Iron Brigade headed to PC next week

Tuesday, 7th August 2012 02:51 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Iron Brigade, the game we all knew and loved as Trenched before trademarks raised their ugly heads, is finally on the way to PC.

Double Fine’s strategic mech action title will be available for download on PC from August 13.

The long-awaited port will include a small bonus: the Rise of the Martian Bear expansion, entirely free.

The game hasn’t been priced but is expected to come in at around $15, in line with Xbox Live Arcade pricing.

Iron Brigade launched as an XBLA exclusive last year, and was embroiled in a log battle over its original title, Trenched, which delayed its international release for some time.



  1. TheWulf

    Ooh. Hm.

    Mildly interested in this. I do like mech games and atompunkish stuff so I may actually get this.

    Still, as usual, the opponents are more interesting than what we actually get to play as, by a huge margin.

    Why is that? Had the same problem in Warhammer 40k: Space Marine. The space marines were as dull as dishwater, whilst the orcs we were fighting were absolutely amazing. Most of that game I spent asking ‘can I be an orc instead?’

    I’m not sure why game developers do this.

    Do they believe that we’re too boring and pedestrian ourselves to actually want to play as the fun side, or are most of us actually just ultra superficial and thus indeed too boring and pedestrian to want to play the more interesting side.

    I often ask myself questions like this.

    Do people fetishise humanity so much that we can’t even think of playing as something that might be a little more interesting than us?

    I mean, Orc: Vengeance on the iPad is one of the more interesting dungeon crawlers I’ve played recently, and most of that is because the story, setting, and orc lore actually make it more engaging than the usual run-of-the-mill “I’ve done this a million times before.” sorts like DIII.

    I don’t know.

    Maybe I’m just old. Maybe this is for the kids who haven’t had the time to become as jaded to uninteresting stories as I have. Or maybe kids should be more creative and expect more.

    Or maybe it is just genuinely boring game developers.

    I don’t know.

    I really don’t.

    It’s a shame, though. Quite often I wish I were on the other side of a conflict in a game. Well, at least Guild Wars 2 allows me to do that with the charr, and their culture and lore is by far the most interesting on offer in that game by leagues. But that’s usually the case, isn’t it? The stuff that’s designed to be our foes tend to get the good storylines, the interesting lore.

    And we just play the boring people.

    I’m fed up with playing boring people.

    The mechs in this are great. But American cliche? Yaaaaaawn-a-fucking-rama.

    I don’t know.

    I’m tempted to pick this up. I love the design of the mechs. But the people we’re supposed to be playing as? So boring that it would actually piss me off. See, this is why I have trouble justifying game purchases. Very often the character we’re supposed to play as is so fucking characterless that it does annoy me, greatly.

    The balding and overweight middle-aged medium-wage bracket worker named Rochard in the game of the same name has more character than most characters of videogames I’ve played, and he’s designed to be an average Joe.

    When average joes are far more interesting than heroes… something is very, very fucking wrong.


    Sorry. But… it just surprises me that no one thinks about this.

    Promising game. Boring people for the player to play as.

    If the game wasn’t promising either, I wouldn’t care. I’d just skip over it.


    #1 2 years ago
  2. YoungZer0

    Who are they fighting against and what makes them more interesting?

    #2 2 years ago
  3. absolutezero

    Holy shit using 40K as an example.

    Look up Fire Warrior it does exactly what you asked for. Along with all the DoW games.

    Space Marine was exactly that, a game about being a Space Marine, in one of the most boring chapters sure but it was all about wish fulfilment people wanted to feel the power and strength.

    Also Space Marines can spit acid and eat pretty much anything. Theres alot more deeply ludicrous parts of the 40k mythos that never ever gets revealed outside of the fluff books and the lore coming from the game books.

    #3 2 years ago

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