New SteamWorld Heist Will Switch To Turn-Based Combat

By   /   Sep 17, 2014

Developer Image & Form, mostly known for their SteamWorld Dig release, have announced a new game in that same franchise. Those who liked the art style of the mining game will be able to see it again in SteamWorld Heist.

There are no platforms announced for the new title just yet, but there is a trailer for a short teaser. It seems that the planet the previous game was set on has since been victim of some sort of cataclysm that has pushed the robots out to space.

Another thing noticeable in the SteamWorld Heist clip is that characters are now fitted with firearms, instead of pickaxes. That’s because the game will switch to turn-based combat.

Sigurgeirsson of Image & Form discusses the changes:

Heist isn’t a sequel to SteamWorld Dig.

It’s set in the same world and the cowbots are still the heroes. 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.

SteamWorld Heist

SteamWorld Heist

SteamWorld Dig released last year to great success on Nintendo 3DS, reaching number one on eShops for North America and Europe. The game has since been ported to a lot of platforms and is currently part of the Humble Indie Bundle 12.

For SteamWorld Heist, the developer will once more use a self-publishing tactic. It has recently also partnered with developer Zoink from Stick It To the Man for similar reasons.

SteamWorld Heist is planned for spring of 2015.