We knew ahead of time that Nintendo had a presentation for a previously-unannounced 3DS title today, but all mystery has now been cast aside as the title is revealed to be a brand new IP called Code Name: S.T.E.A.M.
It's one part strategy, one part third-person shooter, and it's based in a Steampunk setting in London where protagonist Fleming is fighting back against an alien invasion. As it turns out, S.T.E.A.M. is a unit that was created by Abraham Lincoln in order to combat aliens.
The game is reportedly a lot like SEGA's Valkyria Chronicles (based on reactions from those who were there to watch the announcement video) in nature, with characters that are cel-shaded and inspired in design by American comic books; specifically those from Jack Kirby and Bruce Timm. Also, the aliens are said to be inspired by designs from H.P. Lovecraft.
As far as visuals go, our own Christopher "WildCardCorsair" Garcia, who was in attendance, mentioned that the game looked sharp, colorful, and smooth, and that it had an impressive draw distance for a 3DS title. The terrain is also said to have a lot of depth and reflects the variety of strategic choices in the game. In addition, each character will have a special ability that they can only use once per map, with no two abilities being alike.
Intelligent Systems was announced to be developing the game, with Hitoshi Yamagami (who has worked on titles such as Fire Emblem, Xenoblade Chronicles, and Pokemon titles) at the helm as director. Yamagami mentioned that he wanted to find a way to introduce more people to strategy games and have them fall in love with them.
Finally, Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. was announced to be a 2015 title. In the meantime, expect more to hear on the game in future Nintendo Direct videos leading up to its release.
What do you think of Nintendo's newest IP?