The follow-up to SteamWorld Dig will make its debut next week for the Nintendo 3DS.
SteamWorld Heist will release on Dec. 10 for $19.99, launching first on the Nintendo 3DS eShop. It will release across the Americas, Europe, New Zealand and Australia.
The game is from Image & Form, an independent developer and publisher based in Sweden. It’s an all-new style of gameplay compared to the previous release in the franchise, SteamWorld Dig. Heist is a turn-based strategy game instead of a platformer.
In SteamWorld Heist players control a group of robots that explore the galaxy, looting spaceships and taking down enemies. The game will feature a free-aiming system and randomly generated stages. While it’s not a direct sequel, Heist is set in the same universe as SteamWorld Dig and takes place hundreds of years after its events.
On the eShop SteamWorld Heist will be discounted to $16.99 through Dec. 31. Downloading Heist during its launch window also gives buyers a 3DS home menu theme based on the game.
Image & Form explained the game’s higher price, citing SteamWorld Heist is at least 10 times bigger than its predecessor and takes up to 25 hours to complete the campaign. It will also feature a New Game plus mode. SteamWorld Dig cost $8.99 when it launched in August 2013 on the eShop.
SteamWorld Heist will release as a high-definition version on other platforms in early 2016 for the PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Wii U, Xbox One and iOS devices. SteamWorld Dig had a similar launch, with the game building enough momentum to receive ports on other consoles. An HD version launched on PC later in 2013. It also came out for the PlayStation 4 and Vita in March 2014, featuring Trophy support. Dig released on the Wii U in 2014 and recently appeared on the Xbox One this June.
Image & Form decided to release SteamWorld Heist on the 3DS first because of its strong relationship with Nintendo and the history of SteamWorld Dig’s initial success on the platform. The strategy game is also developed from the ground-up on the 3DS, taking advantage of the hardware’s second screen and 3D effects.
SteamWorld Heist was originally announced in September 2014 with a scheduled release of spring 2015. The music is done by Steam Powered Giraffe, a steampunk band who will also be characters in the game.
Watch gameplay footage and a look at the home menu theme: