Image & Form Games recently announced their next game, SteamWorld Heist for Spring of 2015. As you may have guessed already, it is a sequel to the very popular SteamWorld Dig.
Here is Image & Form’s pitch of the game:
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.
From that quote alone, we can already tell that this “sequel” – it may be more apt to see it as a game set in the same universe – will be quite different. The mechanics of the turn-based combat is where many will gravitate, and there is no indication – yet – that the game has platforming elements to it.
More of what Image & Form had to say:
Taking place some time after SteamWorld Dig, a cataclysmic event has shattered the planet and forced its population into steam-driven spaceships. It’s a robot-eat-robot world out there, and water is desperately hard to come by. Heisting other ships and bases – bad guys fortunately, the lot of them – is their only way to remain in operation.
In that sense it is only a “sequel” in the most limited definition of the term, but why not make a direct sequel to SteamWorld Dig? Image & Form CEO Brjann Sigurgeirsson had this to say about it:
It’s set in the same world and the cowbots are still the heroes. But a lot has happened to SteamWorld since then [Dig], and 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. The obvious follow-up would’ve been Dig 2; we wanted to surprise instead.
On a further note, expect to hear more about SteamWorld Heist in the coming months as Brjann has promised to keep pestering all of us with new information.
Oh, and don’t forget to check out the teaser for SteamWorld Heist below.