SteamWorld Heist, turn-based strategy psuedo-sequel to SteamWorld Dig, teaser trailer released
I didn’t really expect to love SteamWorld Dig. I mean, I didn’t really know what to expect from it at all, but it turned into one of those games that I just played and played until I got to the end. I know that some people complained about the length of SteamWorld Dig (which is currently part of the Humble Indie Bundle 12 until that runs out and is well worth grabbing), but I found it to be rather pleasant (6 hours logged on Steam). Now, Image & Form – the studio behind SteamWorld Dig – has announced SteamWorld Heist. What could have been a simple sequel to SteamWorld Dig (I would’ve been jazzed about that as well) is, instead, apparently going to be a turn-based strategy game. There’s not a ton of information available on SteamWorld Heist, but there are a couple of interviews out there like this one on Gamasutra and this one on Pulp365. This blurb from Image & Form itself, however, is what sells the game (aside from the still-awesome art): “In short: space adventures and survival. You’re the captain of a team of ragtag robots who explore and scavenge the remains of a destroyed world. You board enemy ships and command your crew in a unique variety of turn-based combat.” Man, does that sound awesome. I really hope that they can bring the amazing sense of pacing that made Dig so hard to put down into the turn-based strategy arena. SteamWorld Heist is set in the same universe as SteamWorld Dig, but takes place years later when everyone wears top hats instead of cowboy hats. Hats are very important. But you knew this. Heist has a web site, but it’s pretty spartan at this point, although I’m sure that will change over time . SteamWorld Heist is currently scheduled for a Spring 2015 release, so that means that the wait won’t be too long. I hope. Looking forward to see more of it as it gets further in development.