News came by word of press release which gave a short elevator pitch alongside a bare-bones teaser:
The game follows a few years after Rusty’s foray in the wild west — an unknown cataclysmic event has befallen the CowBots and water is sparse. The game is not a sequel to the critically acclaimed SteamWorld Dig, merely set in the same universe. Instead of a platforming “Metroid-Vania”, the game will be a turn-based strategy game.
Of course, this isn’t the first time the SteamWorld series has had a complete overhaul — SteamWorld Dig was the successor of a little-known DSi Ware title, SteamWorld Tower Defense.
While the release date is scheduled for Spring 2015, no price point or expected platforms have been announced. However, if it is any indicator, SteamWorld Dig was released on Nintendo 3DS, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and Wii U.
Image & Form is without a doubt one of my favorite developers. Maybe it’s because they gave the 3DS a chance before it became a powerhouse. Maybe it’s due to the insane amount of work and polish in every game they make. Maybe it’s their rock solid PR department and fan feedback. Maybe it’s all of the above. That said, I can’t wait to see what Heist has in store for us — I’m not fully sold in the concept (from solely looking at the teaser), but I am more than open to have my mind changed.
Lou Contaldi is MONG’s Executive Editor. In his off time, he enjoys being aggressively mediocre at Hearthstone. You can follow his incoherent ramblings at Twitter.