Image & Form struck gold last year with the surprise indie hit, SteamWorld Dig—a game starring a steam-powered robot in an Old West setting that digs his way through the Earth, collecting various rare ore and discovering the secrets that lie below. Next year, the company is looking to do it again with their newest project: SteamWorld Heist.
Despite being set in the same universe, SteamWorld Heist is not a direct sequel to Dig, though it does take place some time after the events of the latter. In this game's timeline, the robot population has fled into space aboard steam-powered ships due to a cataclysmic event that shattered the planet. Things are even more desperate here, and with resources coming in short form, heisting other ships and bases is the only way to stay functioning.
You'll recruit a team of robots to explore and scavenge the remains of the destroyed world as well as take the fight to enemy ships to take their resources as well, and you'll be doing so through turn-based strategy; another shift in gameplay from Dig's more action platforming-oriented design.
So why make a brand new game instead of pursuing a sequel to SteamWorld Dig after its great success?
"Partly because we really wanted to make a turn-based strategy game, but also because it felt like a clever move," Image & Form CEO Brjann Sigurgeirsson mentioned. "The obvious follow-up would“ve been Dig 2; we wanted to surprise instead."
And surprise they certainly have. SteamWorld Heist is set for release in Spring 2015, though platforms, price, and release schedules are yet to be determined. For now, be sure to check out the first look at the game below.
Source: Press Release
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