In 2015, CreativeForge Games and Good Shepherd Entertainment brought us Hard West, a turn-based strategy game that combines the Wild West with the supernatural. Now, nearly seven years after the first game’s release, that unique combination is returning. Today, Good Shepherd Entertainment announced the beginning of the open beta for Hard West 2 on Steam.
There has been a change in development teams between games. The first Hard West was developed by CreativeForge Games, while Ice Code Games are working on the sequel. The developer isn’t the only thing that has changed in Hard West 2. Good Shepherd Entertainment say players can expect lots of new and improved content in Hard West 2.
“Hard West 2 ups the ante on the original game in every way. The unique new Bravado system delivers a more aggressive approach to tactics and combat, rewarding you for going on the offensive so you can extend your streak and dish out even more damage. Experience shootouts on the move with dynamic levels that play out in changing environments to recreate the action-packed feeling of high-speed horseback chases and nail-biting train showdowns.”
The Hard West 2 open beta will showcase just a bit of what’s to come
Protagonist Gin Carter is an outlaw who attempts to rob a haunted train and subsequently loses his soul to the Devil. The game follows Gin and other characters working to hunt down the Devil and reclaim Gin’s soul. Players who join the Hard West 2 open beta will get to experience the first part of the story.
“Running now until June 5, the beta features a small slice of the game’s full campaign and introduces players to some of the special abilities they’ll acquire in their journey through the dark heart of the West.”
Are you a longtime fan of Hard West, or are you completely new to these games? Whatever the case may be, you can request to join the Hard West 2 open beta right now on Steam.