The launch trailer for 1971 Project Helios has been released, and it includes about a minute and change of gameplay footage, as well as little bits of story for flavor. It also reveals, appropriately, the release date of the game. 1971 Project Helios is coming out on June 9th, 2020. You’ll be able to play it on PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC (via GOG and Steam).
So, what exactly is 1971 Project Helios? Well, it describes itself as “a mix of turn-based strategy and RPG,” with some resource management sprinkled on top. You’ll be controlling eight different characters, each with their own agendas but a common cause: “find a key scientist who was kidnapped by a powerful paramilitary society.” Said scientist might just be the key to saving the planet, which has turned into “a dystopian world, scarce in resources and razed by extreme cold.” Here are some of the game’s features, as listed in the press release:
- Fight in turn-based tactical combats against three different factions, each one with their own units, strengths and weaknesses.
- Explore the vast world of 1971 Project Helios. From military facilities to medieval dungeons, each one of them is full of secrets awaiting to be discovered.
- Improve your characters’ skill trees: unlock, improve and match different skills to create the perfect character.
- Manage your resources carefully to raise your HP, relive units (sic) or shorten your cooldowns.
So, there you have it. Admittedly, the above does sound like a fairly standard RTS with RPG elements. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, of course; no reason to reinvent the wheel if you don’t have to. If the gameplay is solid, that’s all you need. Add to that an interesting setting with some Frostpunk flavor, and you might just have something special on your hands. We’ll have to wait and see. In the meantime, you can check out the launch trailer below to get a feel for what 1971 Project Helios is all about.