The developers at Image & Form finally ungag their CEO to talk about SteamWorld Heist, the next game in the SteamWorld franchise. “It’ll be full of surprises and probably the best game ever,” says Brjann Sigurgeirsson with typical modesty. Release is set for spring 2015; platforms, price and release schedule are yet to be determined.
In the brief teaser video below, Image & Form reveals a glimpse of what they’ve been up to since last year – SteamWorld Heist.
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.
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.
“Heist isn’t a sequel to SteamWorld Dig,” says CEO Brjann Sigurgeirsson. “It’s set in the same world and the cowbots are still the heroes. But a lot has happened to SteamWorld since then, 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.”
Image & Form aims to self-publish also SteamWorld Heist – although it will be different this time. Before the release of Dig, the studio sent out one measly press release three months prior to launch. “Yes, it was quite ridiculous and we got lucky with the massive response at launch,” Brjann recalls. “This time we’ll keep our fans and media in the loop. So much is happening with this game. I have the patience of an insect, but will try to keep from pestering you every day.”
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It has to be said that while a PS Vita has not been officially confirmed right now, Image & Form have stated that it is their intention to release the game on all platforms – “We’re aiming to release it for all platforms, and we’re now deciding on the release schedule – which platform goes first and so on.” – so we would assume that the Vita would be part of their plans, especially following the success of SteamWorld Dig.