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Invasion of the Invasion Machine

Early Access to Invasion Machine is now underway on Steam, offering first crack at a sandbox real-time strategy game set in the Middle East. This Unity-engine project is the work of one-person development studio Pixel Machine. Word is: "Although inspired by real wars fought in the past decade, this game depicts a completely fictional conflict and is not an attempt at social commentary." The Early Access Trailer shows off the game's depiction of modern warfare. There is no word at this time when this will see its full release, but the game currently carries a 10% launch discount. Here are the details:
Invasion Machine is a blend of a sandbox manager and RTS. Your goal is to command troops in an occupied province, in an effort of bringing back peace and order. Kill your enemies, help the civilian population, preserve the resources and the lives of your own soldiers.

The Setting
What led to our recent occupation of this land is still at the center of a heated political debate. What followed the invasion, was the worst scenario we may ever have imagined - we hoped weíd be able to instill better leadership and let this country rebuild itself. But thatís not what happened, though. Our toppling of the local government created a power vacuum in the area - which is now quickly leading to an unprecedented rise of new powers - the druglords, locally known as Guerrillas. If we donít stop this transformation, this entire country is gonna explode. We were not preparing for this kind of wae, and it seems itís the last moment when we can still turn things around.

You, as the Commander of this Peace Force, is tasked with restoring order and preparing the ground for a new, legitimate government.

The Mission
If weíre to ever leave this land, we must first win over the hearts and minds of the local population. The locals think weíve ruined their lives and quite frankly - most of them hate us. In order to win their trust - we must do our best to push out the criminal element, neutralize the remaining opposition and offer humanitarian help to them.

The Real Mission
Politicians run wars, and politicians only care about one thing - getting re-elected. In other words - your real job as the Commander is to make this war look good to the folks back home. Donít get your soldiers killed, donít lose too much equipment, and most importantly - donít let the press see anything that would contradict the official story. And the official story? Itís obvious that weíre winning.

The Campaign
Divided into 8 chapters. The game takes you through the entire story of the invasion, starting right after the main battle of the war ends. In the beginning, you are given just a handful of troops and old, derelict equipment. Unarmored, soft-shell transporters on the frontline? Check. Woodland camo in a desert country? Check. The army wasnít really prepared for a long invasion, and yours is just one of many missions in this conflict. So if you want better resources - youíre gonna have to prove to your superiors that youíre worth them. The campaign ends once you manage to secure your province and hold elections. When a new government can be trusted with taking the country over, we finally get to go home.