Icebreaker Interactive is creating Escalation 1985
58

patrons

$661
per month

Cold War turned Hot


Escalation 1985 is a tactical shooter set in an alternate history version of the year 1985, where the Warsaw Pact and NATO go to war.


Experience what an armed conflict would have been like between NATO and the Warsaw Pact in 1985. Escalation 1985 features massive 50 v 50 battles set in iconic areas surrounding the iron curtain. Use finely detailed weapons, vehicles, and equipment used by forces on either side. Work with your squad to defeat the enemy team and gain control before the nuclear Armageddon!

Using VoIP for radio and proximity communication along with a morale and stamina system the player will feel as if he is actually there, his weapon along with his avatar will be an actual part of the world. Moving, firing, being close to friendlies, enemies or tanks, will all have an impact on how you as a player will interact with the environment around you

Authenticity

The core tenant of Escalation 1985 is to bring you never before seen authenticity in gameplay with no corner cutting, as it is in real life so it is in game. From the simple and effective rifle to the tactical nuclear weapon. It all sounds, looks and most importantly functions as it would in real life.

Sounds and Effects

Bringing sound and effects design to a new level, Escalation 1985 will bring the player an highly immersive and exhilarating environment. Weapons will sound heavy and dangerous, vehicles will strike fear in their enemies as they charge through the lines. Explosions will be almost palpable in their intensity and destruction and will affect the players’ morale positively or negatively. This is all made possible by the sound effects provided by BOOM Library.


Key Features


Multiplayer Campaign

Grand strategy multiplayer campaign fought over several countries.Will you hold off the Soviet hordes, or push through to the Rhine in 7 days?

Morale System

With our multi-stage moral system, your character will react to certain events in whatever circumstances you find yourself in. If you are alone and separated from your squad, your moral will lower, making it difficult to aim or run.

Off Map Support

Call in artillery or even minefields on the enemy!
Destroy enemy positions using designating air strike or close-air support missions, and watch as the Cold Wars iconic aircraft go to work.

Combined Arms Gameplay

Tanks, vehicles, artillery, helicopters, infantry, aircraft and missiles launched from submarines!

NBC Warfare

Experience the horrors of Nuclear, biological, and chemical warfare with accurate recreations of these events

Full Blown Tank Simulation 

Drive a tank with your friends. Our armor features intractable interiors that are precisely modeled from their real life counterparts. Engage enemy forces using detailed fire control systems and ballistics.

Detailed Weapons and Ballistics

Use exquisitely modeled weapons systems, from rifles to anti-air systems. Accurate bullet and missile physics let you experience the true power of these weapons.

Factions

Choose between a variety of factions from NATO and Warsaw Pact. Whether you choose to fight as the ill equipped Danish military facing the might of the Pact, or the Bundeswehr against their brothers in the Nationale Volksarmee. The choice is yours!

Forgotten Weapons

Fire and examine rare and sometimes never before seen weapons of the era, like the Hovea M/49 submachine gun.

Scale

The game is set in Denmark, East and West Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium.

Though Escalation 1985 is a shooter, with many of the tropes expected in other tactical shooters, it also focuses on features such as the impact that such a war would have on the doctors, teachers, students, builders, and all others that would be called up as conscripts during a war of this scale.

We want to show why a modern European war would be such a horrifically bad idea, with how destructive and futile such a course of actions would be; a course that could result in the utter destruction of civilization as we know it.



CLOSED ALPHA TESTING HAS BEGUN! Join now to get your alpha testing access.

The choice to escalate to the use of weapons of mass destruction is given to players. Will players choose to make their job a little easier, at the cost of the inhuman annihilation of other players, who are playing as conscripts simply following orders, just as the player character is? Or, will they instead choose to keep fighting a conventional war, seeing such a barbaric loss of life and subsequent loss of humanity as not worth the extra few kilometers gained?

A cornerstone of our gameplay loop, largely unique from any other game in the genre, is the ability to defeat enemies through our morale system. A player may be defeated by being killed by gunfire, however they may also be defeated through being mentally crushed, having seen their squad brutally die through the use of NBC weaponry. Eventually control may be completely severed from the player, their character instead choosing to surrender, at the mercy of enemy players.

This is all in large part represents how we wish to portray soldiers in our game, to do away with the classical shooter image of soldiers being superhuman juggernauts, being able to tank bullet after bullet, and shrugging off seeing their closest friends get blown to pieces, instead we want to introduce humanity to our characters.

On both sides of the war, there are only other people.

NOTE: This campaign ends on August 1, 2020.
Tiers
Tank Commander
$5 or more per month 19 patrons
  • Access to our patron-only feed
  • Your name in Armor Yellow on Discord and access to closed Patreon channel 
  • Your name in the credits
  • Exclusive videos and screenshots
Includes Discord rewards
Forward Observer
$10 or more per month 27 patrons
  • Access to our patron-only feed
  • Your name in the credits
  • FIST gray name on our Discord server and access to Patreon channel
  • Exclusive videos and screenshots
Includes Discord rewards
Missile Combat Crew
$50 or more per month 2 patrons
  • Access to our patron-only feed
  • Your name in the credits
  • Your name in Air Force Blue on Discord and access to Patreon channel
  • Exclusive videos and screenshots
  • Copy of the Game
  • T-shirt
Includes Discord rewards
Hero of the Soviet Union
$100 or more per month 3 patrons
  • Access to our patron-only feed
  • Your name in the credits
  • Your name in Red Army Soviet Crimson color on Discord and access to Patreon channel
  • Exclusive videos and screenshots
  • Copy of the Game
  • Genuine Soviet or DDR Medal
  • T-shirt
  • Large poster
Includes Discord rewards
Goals
$500 – reached! per month
Interactive vehicle interiors.

Look around, flick a switch, turn some knobs.
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Cold War turned Hot


Escalation 1985 is a tactical shooter set in an alternate history version of the year 1985, where the Warsaw Pact and NATO go to war.


Experience what an armed conflict would have been like between NATO and the Warsaw Pact in 1985. Escalation 1985 features massive 50 v 50 battles set in iconic areas surrounding the iron curtain. Use finely detailed weapons, vehicles, and equipment used by forces on either side. Work with your squad to defeat the enemy team and gain control before the nuclear Armageddon!

Using VoIP for radio and proximity communication along with a morale and stamina system the player will feel as if he is actually there, his weapon along with his avatar will be an actual part of the world. Moving, firing, being close to friendlies, enemies or tanks, will all have an impact on how you as a player will interact with the environment around you

Authenticity

The core tenant of Escalation 1985 is to bring you never before seen authenticity in gameplay with no corner cutting, as it is in real life so it is in game. From the simple and effective rifle to the tactical nuclear weapon. It all sounds, looks and most importantly functions as it would in real life.

Sounds and Effects

Bringing sound and effects design to a new level, Escalation 1985 will bring the player an highly immersive and exhilarating environment. Weapons will sound heavy and dangerous, vehicles will strike fear in their enemies as they charge through the lines. Explosions will be almost palpable in their intensity and destruction and will affect the players’ morale positively or negatively. This is all made possible by the sound effects provided by BOOM Library.


Key Features


Multiplayer Campaign

Grand strategy multiplayer campaign fought over several countries.Will you hold off the Soviet hordes, or push through to the Rhine in 7 days?

Morale System

With our multi-stage moral system, your character will react to certain events in whatever circumstances you find yourself in. If you are alone and separated from your squad, your moral will lower, making it difficult to aim or run.

Off Map Support

Call in artillery or even minefields on the enemy!
Destroy enemy positions using designating air strike or close-air support missions, and watch as the Cold Wars iconic aircraft go to work.

Combined Arms Gameplay

Tanks, vehicles, artillery, helicopters, infantry, aircraft and missiles launched from submarines!

NBC Warfare

Experience the horrors of Nuclear, biological, and chemical warfare with accurate recreations of these events

Full Blown Tank Simulation 

Drive a tank with your friends. Our armor features intractable interiors that are precisely modeled from their real life counterparts. Engage enemy forces using detailed fire control systems and ballistics.

Detailed Weapons and Ballistics

Use exquisitely modeled weapons systems, from rifles to anti-air systems. Accurate bullet and missile physics let you experience the true power of these weapons.

Factions

Choose between a variety of factions from NATO and Warsaw Pact. Whether you choose to fight as the ill equipped Danish military facing the might of the Pact, or the Bundeswehr against their brothers in the Nationale Volksarmee. The choice is yours!

Forgotten Weapons

Fire and examine rare and sometimes never before seen weapons of the era, like the Hovea M/49 submachine gun.

Scale

The game is set in Denmark, East and West Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium.

Though Escalation 1985 is a shooter, with many of the tropes expected in other tactical shooters, it also focuses on features such as the impact that such a war would have on the doctors, teachers, students, builders, and all others that would be called up as conscripts during a war of this scale.

We want to show why a modern European war would be such a horrifically bad idea, with how destructive and futile such a course of actions would be; a course that could result in the utter destruction of civilization as we know it.



CLOSED ALPHA TESTING HAS BEGUN! Join now to get your alpha testing access.

The choice to escalate to the use of weapons of mass destruction is given to players. Will players choose to make their job a little easier, at the cost of the inhuman annihilation of other players, who are playing as conscripts simply following orders, just as the player character is? Or, will they instead choose to keep fighting a conventional war, seeing such a barbaric loss of life and subsequent loss of humanity as not worth the extra few kilometers gained?

A cornerstone of our gameplay loop, largely unique from any other game in the genre, is the ability to defeat enemies through our morale system. A player may be defeated by being killed by gunfire, however they may also be defeated through being mentally crushed, having seen their squad brutally die through the use of NBC weaponry. Eventually control may be completely severed from the player, their character instead choosing to surrender, at the mercy of enemy players.

This is all in large part represents how we wish to portray soldiers in our game, to do away with the classical shooter image of soldiers being superhuman juggernauts, being able to tank bullet after bullet, and shrugging off seeing their closest friends get blown to pieces, instead we want to introduce humanity to our characters.

On both sides of the war, there are only other people.

NOTE: This campaign ends on August 1, 2020.

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Tiers
Tank Commander
$5 or more per month 19 patrons
  • Access to our patron-only feed
  • Your name in Armor Yellow on Discord and access to closed Patreon channel 
  • Your name in the credits
  • Exclusive videos and screenshots
Includes Discord rewards
Forward Observer
$10 or more per month 27 patrons
  • Access to our patron-only feed
  • Your name in the credits
  • FIST gray name on our Discord server and access to Patreon channel
  • Exclusive videos and screenshots
Includes Discord rewards
Missile Combat Crew
$50 or more per month 2 patrons
  • Access to our patron-only feed
  • Your name in the credits
  • Your name in Air Force Blue on Discord and access to Patreon channel
  • Exclusive videos and screenshots
  • Copy of the Game
  • T-shirt
Includes Discord rewards
Hero of the Soviet Union
$100 or more per month 3 patrons
  • Access to our patron-only feed
  • Your name in the credits
  • Your name in Red Army Soviet Crimson color on Discord and access to Patreon channel
  • Exclusive videos and screenshots
  • Copy of the Game
  • Genuine Soviet or DDR Medal
  • T-shirt
  • Large poster
Includes Discord rewards