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Image & Form has announced a partnership with Rising Star Games to publish SteamWorld Collection, a disc-based compilation of SteamWorld Dig and SteamWorld Heist, this Fall:
Drill down into a platform, mining adventure game full of secrets, treasure and terrors in SteamWorld Dig, and discover a world of steam-driven robots, inspired by Western and Steampunk themes.
SteamWorld Heist on the other hand offers turn-based strategy with a twist: manually aim the guns of your robots, allowing for insane skill shots and bullet-bouncing action. Board, loot and shoot your way through enemy spaceships and upgrade your recruits with unique abilities, weapons and, of course, stylish hats!
The SteamWorld Collection will be released for the PS4 and Wii U this October.
Two side-scrollers that have been pinballing from platform-to-platform for years will make their way to the Xbox One via the Xbox Games Store today.
SteamWorld Dig was originally released for the 3DS in August 2013 before appearing on the PC (December 2013), PS4/Vita (March 2014), and Wii U (August 2014). The game is a “Metroidvania” that follows a steampunk robot on his trek into the center of an alien planet in search of jewels and gems. But there’s more than just pretty rocks underneath the dirt…
The Swapper stretches even further back, originally appearing on the PC in May 2013 before jumping to all three PlayStation platforms in August 2014 and the Wii U in November 2014. The puzzle platformer follows a mysterious character who uses an experimental cloning device to explore “the furthest reaches of space.”
More information about both games can be found after the break. (more…)
Image & Form’s SteamWorld Dig will complete its current-generation rounds with a stop on the Xbox One this May. The well-received platformer originally debuted on the 3DS in 2013 (Warp Zoned’s Mike Ryan was quite the fan) before expanding out to the PC, PS4, Vita, and Wii U in 2014.
For SteamWorld Dig’s Xbox One launch, the developer plans to add an “elaborate” Easter Egg to the game that references “a gaming thing.” Aside from that, only slight tweaks will differentiate the Xbox One port from the game’s previous versions.
A specific release date will be announced at a later date, but for now, Image & Form is saying we should expect to see SteamWorld Dig on the Xbox One in “late” May.
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Why do developers still love to make 2D games? In this installment, USgamer’s Tyler Ohlew examines the relationship between developers and the two-dimensional worlds they create (often by hand). Speaking to developers behind modern 2D classics such as Shovel Knight, Guacamelee!, and SteamWorld Dig, he discovered that this relationship actually comes down to a love of the style and a universality that goes beyond simple nostalgia.
3D development is easier than ever now, with tools like Unity and Unreal Engine 4 available for very little cost or even free. So, in a landscape dominated by these 3D games, what compels a developer to look back and continue the work that was forced to take a back seat? Why does any developer work in 2D anymore?
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If you’re a fan of retro games, then I recommend taking a gander at this week’s Nintendo eShop update… you might just find something you like.
Wii U owners will be able to download Mega Man X3, the final Mega Man game released for the Super NES. SteamWorld Dig, Image & Form’s critically-acclaimed 3DS platformer, is also available for the Wii U today. Finally, The Fall, a moody platformer that the developer has compared to Super Metroid, was released earlier this week.
Over on the 3DS, players will get the chance to download Azure Striker Gunvolt, a Super NES-inspired game created by Keiji Inafune and Inti Creates. And for a limited time, players who purchase Azure Striker Gunvolt will also receive Mighty Gunvolt, an NES-inspired platformer, for free. Also available this week is Thorium Wars: Attack of the Skyfighter, a space shooter, and Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, a puzzle/crime-filled crossover of epic proportions.
You can find more information on all of these games after the break. (more…)
SteamWorld Dig was one of the biggest surprises of 2013. The game, from Swedish developer Image & Form, was a smash hit on the 3DS eShop (and got quite a good review from our own Mike Ryan) before making its way to Steam in December. And on Friday, Image & Form announced that SteamWorld Dig will soon find itself available on the PlayStation Store as a downloadable game for the PS4 and Vita.
SteamWorld Dig is a steampunk-ish platformer set in a mining town and starring an “Eastwood-esque” robot named Rusty. Venturing into the abandoned mines, Rusty must unearth gemstones and materials while doing battle with hordes of underground creatures and ensuring that he still has a way back to the surface.
“We are thrilled to present SteamWorld Dig to the PlayStation community,” said Image & Form CEO Brjann Sigurgeirsson. “This is our first release ever on a stationary console, and a long-standing dream of ours. So many PlayStation gamers have asked us to bring the game to their hardware, and we can’t wait to join the community both on PS4 and Vita. We have a fantastic following on 3DS and Steam, and now we will reach a whole new audience. We are really very excited.”
SteamWorld Dig will be available on the PlayStation Store in March (at a price of $9.99) as a Cross-Buy title.
Indie games are making a big splash these days. The era of digital titles has made way for smaller developers to put their creativity to work without need for AAA publishers. Case in point: SteamWorld Dig, the latest entry from Swedish developers Image & Form. This digital game just goes to show that you don’t need to spend $60+ for an enjoyable experience. And despite a few shortcomings, SteamWorld Dig is easily one of the best titles available on Nintendo’s 3DS eShop. (more…)