SteamWorld Heist Blasting Onto Devices in Spring 2015
A few weeks back, I reviewed SteamWorld Dig on the Wii U. The game was so fantastic, I’ve now owned it on multiple different platforms including my Wii U for at home and 3DS for on the road – it’s that good. If you haven’t picked it up, stop reading this useless announcement, grab the game and play it, and come back to read this at your convenience. After all, the release date for their next title isn’t until Spring 2015.
SteamWorld Heist is going to be different than it’s predecessor, and is not being considered a sequel or a prequel. It is its own unique game set in the same universe as SteamWorld Dig. According to the developers at Image & Form in Sweden,
SteamWorld Heist is a game about space adventures and survival. Recruit a team of ragtag robots to explore and scavenge the remains of a destroyed world. Board enemy ships and command your crew in a unique variety of turn-based combat.
In SteamWorld, steam is an important resource for powering both spaceships and steambots. It will be the job of the player to infiltrate enemy bases and ships to salvage steam and keep their mission alive. In their press release, the company said creating SteamWorld Dig 2 would have been the safe and most unoriginal plan; they wanted to surprise, and surprise they did!
SteamWorld Heist is set years after SteamWorld Dig. It appears as if only a few things from previous titles are coming back for a second go around. New to SteamWorld Heist is turned based combat. According to CEO Brjann Sigurgeirsson:
We want to make a game that is radically different. Partly because we really wanted to make a turn-based strategy game, but also because it felt like a clever move.
Image & Form openly admitted that last time around, they developed a game, and a few months prior to launch just threw it out there to their followers. This time will be different. According to Sigurgeirsson, fans will remain in the loop all the way up to release day. If it’s anything like SteamWorld Dig, we are looking at an other major indie hit next spring.