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Next SteamWorld Title a Mixture of Gameplay Styles, Coming in 2014

by Daan Koopman - November 20, 2013, 2:20 pm PST
Total comments: 5

Image & Form's CEO drops a few hints on what is to come!

Brjann Sigurgeirsson of Image & Form said a few more words about the new SteamWorld game. He said this in a post-mortem audio interview, which you can listen to right here.

At the question if there is any update on the title, the company CEO said the following: ''It is the next SteamWorld game, meaning that it is going to be in the SteamWorld universe. The next game is not going to be a direct sequel to SteamWorld Dig, it is not going to be SteamWorld Dig 2. It is coming to the Nintendo 3DS first, because we think it is a fantastic platform. If I have any updates on the game? The thing is that earlier, when we did SteamWorld Dig, the first thing I went out and said was that it was going to be released at the end of February 2013 and then I said by the end of March, '' says a worried Sigurgeirsson.

''If there is one thing I have learned, is talking too much before everything is set in stone. It is very likely that I would have to eat my own words. So I sort of promised that the rest of team, that they sort of would kill me if I say too much. I will say a few things. Gameplay wise, it will have elements from SteamWorld Dig, you will definitely know in which environment you are. Then there would be other gameplay elements in there and the mix is very interesting. I have played the vertical slice, the very early alpha version of this game and it is fantastic. I tell you that much. It is just the brilliance of our lead game designer, he is a genius at mixing stuff that really fits well together. It was so exciting to just spend 30 minutes playing this next SteamWorld game that I was... yeah, I was happy to see it. So the update on the game is I don't have a release date for it, we don't have a date on when we will release the title for it, but euhmm... that it is going to be very cool. It is coming out in 2014.''   

SteamWorld Dig came out last August in Europe and North America. As of this week, the title is also available to the Japanese public through publisher Intergrow.

Talkback

Pixelated PixiesNovember 21, 2013

I wonder if in saying 'a mixture of gameplay styles' the studio is indicating that the next Steamworld game will be substantively different from the first one. If so, that would be interesting. The first game was awesome, but there was definitely room for the experience to be broadened and deepened. I&F could quite easily build off of the already great platform that was Dig, but it would also be gratifying to see them do something significantly different.

I will say though, the universe of Steamworld is by far the least interesting thing about that first game. It was the core gameplay loop that kept my interest. As long as they can come up with something equally as engaging and addictive, I'll be there day one.

Lucariofan99November 22, 2013

well i'll buy it!
about time a new one came out to

ejamerNovember 22, 2013

Quote from: Pixelated

I wonder if in saying 'a mixture of gameplay styles' the studio is indicating that the next Steamworld game will be substantively different from the first one. If so, that would be interesting. The first game was awesome, but there was definitely room for the experience to be broadened and deepened. I&F could quite easily build off of the already great platform that was Dig, but it would also be gratifying to see them do something significantly different.

I will say though, the universe of Steamworld is by far the least interesting thing about that first game. It was the core gameplay loop that kept my interest. As long as they can come up with something equally as engaging and addictive, I'll be there day one.

Just a heads-up: you say "first one" several times but Steamworld Dig is actually the second game in the Steamworld series, with Steamworld Tower Defense (DSiWare) being the first.

Pixelated PixiesNovember 22, 2013

Quote from: ejamer

Just a heads-up: you say "first one" several times but Steamworld Dig is actually the second game in the Steamworld series, with Steamworld Tower Defense (DSiWare) being the first.

Good point. I knew that, but still feel like Dig is the first in the series. My Bad.

ejamerNovember 22, 2013

Quote from: Pixelated

Quote from: ejamer

Just a heads-up: you say "first one" several times but Steamworld Dig is actually the second game in the Steamworld series, with Steamworld Tower Defense (DSiWare) being the first.

Good point. I knew that, but still feel like Dig is the first in the series. My Bad.

Figured you knew it, but willing to bet that lots of people don't because DSiWare games don't seem to be that popular. (Also because the tower defense game didn't make nearly the impression that Dig has.)

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