In 2014 it was launched The Red Solstice, game developed by Ironward which became a small PC milestone thanks to its mix of real-time strategy with gameplay that prioritized teamwork above all else.

And now, seven years later, its sequel is ready to see the light: Red Solstice 2: Survivors Coming to PC via Steam on June 17, keeping the foundations of the original and expanding them in new directions, with a cooperative action that promises to make lovers of real-time strategy fall in love.

We have had the opportunity to see a playable demo in motion, commented by one of its managers, and in our Red Solstice 2: Survivor impressionss we tell you what we think.

Red planet

Red Solstice 2: Survivors takes us to the year 117 AE (After earth), after humanity has succumbed to a mysterious virus. We put ourselves in the role of the Executor, leader of the Cell, a special body in charge of confronting the STROL mutants to save the last survivors of the human race.

Under that premise, Red Solstice 2: Survivors proposes us to face about 15 main missions and more than 20 secondary missions showing off the explosive real-time strategy for which this saga is characterized.

The missions can be of three different types, and the demo began with a defense one: players had to protect a vehicle as it made its way through the streets infested with mutants. But before jumping into the field, the first thing we have to do is choose between one of the six available classes: Assault, Demolition, Heavy Support, Marksman, Medic and Recon.

And as you may have already guessed from its name, each class offers very different abilities that can completely change the way you play.


Red Solstice 2: Survivors

One of the most striking aspects of Red Solstice 2: Survivors is that could almost be mistaken for a direct action game– Gunshots, explosions and other effects keep happening on the screen, while imposing hordes of mutants of different types try to finish off the soldiers.

But not, Red Solstice 2: Survivors is above all a strategy game, of which it is controlled with keyboard and mouse, “clicking” on positions and enemies to carry out different actions. For example, in this section in which the objective was to defend a vehicle, the different paths had to be taken into account at all times, in case the enemies appeared from any flank. Luckily, we have a practical and detailed map that we can consult in real time at the touch of a button.


Red Solstice 2: Survivors

Although it was not active in this demo, in the final version of the game We will also see the path that the vehicle follows (represented by a line). In this way, we can anticipate turns and plan more easily how to act. This is especially important, as there will also be debris along the way that we will have to destroy in order for the truck to move forward. In general, there is a very good level when it comes to destruction of scenarios.

The maps are completely open, offering a huge degree of strategy, and are procedurally generated on each mission, making all the games different and forcing us to adapt to the situation.


Red Solstice 2: Survivors

Although it can be played alone without problems, Red Solstice 2: Survivors can also be played cooperatively with seven other players.. And of course teamwork is very important, it is essential to stay together and know perfectly what our role is and how we should exercise it.

During the second part of the mission, the objective was to protect the vehicle, which had been damaged and remained parked in an area of ​​the city. In this part the flamethrower was especially useful, as it allowed to cover a large area with fire, causing all enemies that appeared from that side of the screen to receive damage.


Red Solstice 2: Survivors

Artillery attacks were also very useful, although in this case we had to be careful not to ask for one on the heads of our allies (be careful with friendly fire!)

The last part served to demonstrate the effects of weather, because when facing a mission it may be that, before starting, we are warned that the area is being the victim of a snowfall and / or other weather effects. It will be up to us to decide if it is worth the risk, because of course snow has its pros and cons, in addition to affecting the visual presentation, of course.


Red Solstice 2: Survivors

And speaking of risks, we must also decide when is it a good idea to leave the mission. There will be cases in which we are confident and we are able to complete all the objectives of the mission, but if we are in trouble we have the possibility of finishing the mission early. Although we do not obtain 100%, that is better than perishing on the battlefield, because that way we lose many more resources. Again, another layer of strategy.

If Red Solstice 2: Survivors has caught your attention, we remind you that It will be available from June 17 on PC (Steam).