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It’s hard to believe that four years have already passed since the original SteamWorld Dig first graced gaming systems. Image & Form’s platformer came out of left field and garnered attention and praise from gamers and critics alike (it was even in the running for the “‘Shoeless’ Joe Jackson Award” in our annual Golden Pixel Awards roundup). At the time, we couldn’t wait to return to the SteamWorld universe and see the characters “fleshed out” in a sequel, so-to-speak.
Instead, the next entry we got in the series was a spinoff, SteamWorld Heist. It was still set in the same universe as Dig, but Heist wasn’t a direct sequel, and took place much further in the future. Gameplay was also different, as Heist took on a turn-based strategy approach as opposed to Dig’s resource-collecting, mining, MetroidVania style. While fun in its own right, many wanted to see a return to SteamWorld Dig’s roots.
And almost half a decade later, we got our wish. (more…)
We’ve got another packed PlayStation Store update today, so let’s not waste any time…
EA Sports will let players return to the pitch in FIFA 18. The battling mechs from the Gundam universe will make their PS4 debut in Bandai Namco ‘s Gundam Versus. NIS America’s murder mystery series continues in Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony. Pinball FX3 calls “next” in the pinball simulation arena. Hob is a new action-adventure game from Runic Games. SteamWorld Dig 2 digs deep into its “MetroidVania” roots. And Bethesda has bundled together all the downloadable content in Fallout 4: Game of the Year Edition.
All of these games will be available to download for the PS4.
You can learn more about this week’s additions to the PlayStation Store (including a handful of Vita games) after the break. (more…)
Switch owners will get the chance to download more than half a dozen new games in this week’s update to the Nintendo eShop.
Things start off with SteamWorld Dig 2, Image & Form’s side-scrolling sequel, and Thimbleweed Park, the latest point-and-click adventure from Ron Gilbert. Beginning tomorrow, September 22, Switch owners will be able to download WB Games’s The Lego Ninjago Movie Videogame, an enhanced and expanded Pokken Tournament DX, and Bandai Namco’s Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2.
The new releases keep rolling next week with side-scrolling shooter Sine Mora EX on September 26 and an “Arcade Archives” re-release of Mario Bros. on September 27.
The 3DS side of Nintendo’s digital storefront will add its own Pokemon re-release this Friday. Pokemon Gold Version / Pokemon Silver Version will be available to download beginning September 22.
You can learn more about all of this week’s additions to the Nintendo eShop after the break. (more…)
Nintendo brought a fresh batch of Nindies games into the spotlight today during their Nindies Summer Showcase. Over the span of 22 minutes, a ton of new indie games were announced for the Switch during a rapid-fire, blink-and-you’ll-miss-it stream. Luckily, I had my handy notebook ready, so here’s a complete breakdown of the games that were shown. (more…)
SteamWorld Dig 2 also coming to PC and PS4 alongside Switch launch in Late Summer/Early Fall 2017
Image & Form has announced that SteamWorld Dig 2 will be available “soon-ish,” and they also revealed that it’s coming to the PC and PS4 as well. Community Manager Julius Guldbog had a bit more to say about the announcement on the developer’s official website:
We’re happy to reveal that SteamWorld Dig 2 is coming to Steam and PS4 in addition to Nintendo Switch. We plan to have SWD2 out on all [platforms] within a few days of the Nintendo Switch debut. A few years ago a multi-platform launch would’ve been completely impossible for us. Thanks to hard work and a bigger team we can finally make it happen. It’s like we’re a “real” game studio now!
Rest assured that these new versions of the game won’t delay the Nintendo Switch version, it’s just that multi-platform development is so much easier for us nowadays. Switch is still the main platform, and now more gamers can join in on the fun!
The addition of two new platforms means that SteamWorld Dig 2 won’t make its originally-planned Summer 2017 launch date. Instead, the game will be available on all three platforms in “Late Summer/Early Fall 2017” So Image & Form can apply some extra polish to it.
Finally, Guldbog said that Image & Form “have not forgotten where we came from,” and that “Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita are still important to us.” So it’s very likely that a portable version of SteamWorld Dig 2 will materialize at some point.
Developer Image & Form has been talking up their Nintendo Switch debut and a new entry in the SteamWorld series for a few months now. But… surprise, surprise… the two games are actually one and the same.
SteamWorld Dig 2 will pick up right where the first game left off and launch for the Switch this Summer. According to an FAQ on their official website, Image & Form also plans to bring the game to other platforms later in the year:
Grab your pickaxe and dig into the sequel to the award-winning SteamWorld Dig! A platform mining adventure forged in MetroidVania flames. In search of her lost friend, a lone steambot and her unlikely companion must dig deep, gain riches, and explore an underworld riddled with danger. But time is running short…
In addition to viewing the debut trailer, fans will get a chance to go hands-on with SteamWorld Dig 2 at a number of conventions and conferences this Spring including the Game Developers Conference (which kicked off on Monday in San Francisco) and PAX East (which opens its doors in Boston on March 10).
More than 60 “Nindies” are in development for Nintendo Switch including SteamWorld Dig 2, Runner 3, Yooka-Laylee, and more
Nintendo presented their first-ever Nindies Showcase for the Nintendo Switch today, and promised that more than 60 games from independent developers will be available for the console in 2017. This includes a staggering number of exclusives and timed exclusives such as…
- Image & Form’s SteamWorld Dig 2, which will be available first on the Switch this Summer.
- Choice Provisions’s Runner 3, which is in development exclusively for the Switch, and will be released this Fall.
- Vertex Pop’s Graceful Explosion Machine, a side-scrolling shooter that’ll be released for the Switch first this April.
- Team Shifty’s Mr. Shifty, an overhead action game that’ll also be available first for the Switch this April.
- Cardboard Robot’s Pocket Rumble, a retro-styled fighting game that’ll only be available to console owners on the Switch this March.
Other highlights from the Nindies Showcase include confirmation that Yooka-Laylee will be available for the Switch “soon” and that Blaster Master Zero will be released simultaneously for the 3DS and Switch on March 9.
Nintendo’s complete Nindies Showcase presentation has been embedded above, and you can learn more about all the games featured in the video after the break. (more…)
After the huge success of SteamWorld Dig and SteamWorld Heist, developer Image & Form has fans all over the world. To close out 2016, they gave those same fans something to look forward in 2017. During the most-recent episode of their web series, “The Engine Room,” CEO Brjann Sigurgeirsson and Community Manager Julius Guldbog revealed that SteamWorld 3 (officially known as SteamWorld Project 2017) will be released in 2017.
The third SteamWorld will make its public debut this March at PAX East, as Image & Form also announced they’ll travel to the Boston-based convention for the first time with a playable demo of their next game.
Back in October, Image & Form announced that they’re working on a game for the Nintendo Switch. As of right now, we don’t know if SteamWorld 3 and their Switch project are the same game… though it seems likely. I guess we’ll have to wait until March to find out for sure.