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BIG UPDATE + Awesome SteamWorld Heist Screenshots

Happy Heistuesday!

I hope you have a great day! Last week we finally showed SteamWorld Heist to the public for the first time. You see, our CEO Brjann just came back from an amazingly fun time at PAX East and GDC, where he showed SteamWorld Heist to American fans and press. And they loved it! Our booths were filled to the brim and praise was unanimous. Among others, both IGN and Gametrailers thought it was a helluva game!

We built a custom demo stage just for these events and were initially afraid we made it too hard! But dang, every player was super-skilled and many defeated every single foe on the first try. That doesn’t mean it was a breeze, though. IGN editor Jose Otero survived with his last crew member by a hair’s breadth.

And who can blame him? Check out these intense screenshots from the demo:

Lookin’ good? As you see in the pictures, Heist is not a traditional turn-based strategy game where battles are based on percentage and numbers. You actually aim and fire your shots in real time. We like to call it a skill-based, turn-based strategy action game (not the best wording, but you get what I mean).

The press wasn’t the only ones who liked what they played. Community members also shared their love on social media:

About that release date…

A common question people asked us was: “When can we get the full game?”. When we announced the game back in September we thought we’d be done by February, then we thought we’d be done by the end of March and now… spring 2015 is almost over. So what that means is that SteamWorld Heist is going to be delayed with a few months. But all the extra time we take will be visible in the final release.

So our new release window is “2015”. And it won’t be before fall this year. If you’re disappointed I do feel with you. But even worse would be you purchasing an incomplete game, right? We’d never let you experience that. And like I said above: With the extra time we will make SteamWorld Heist the best turn-based, skill-based strategy game with steampunk robots. In space.

What do you think of the screenshots? And how do you feel about the new release window?

  • Kevin Cruz

    I love how the game looks! and I don’t mind waiting. the more you can polish the game, the better. I waited for Twilight Princess and that thing got delayed 3541635138514341684 times.

    • THanks, Kev! Yeah, I also waited a long time for TP. Good thing it was amazing when it got released!

  • Lover of steambots

    Come on man you’re killing us! (Figuratively) But still nice screenshots.

    • Sorry, Lover! But I still feel your love through the internet, right?

  • Hobbit Peate Donohue

    I have to admit I’m a little sad. But I’ll still hopefully be able to see a demo at SPWF!
    The screenshots look good, but… where’s the UI?

    • Yeah, you totally will! 😀 The UI was removed from these screenshots but we’ll release a gameplay trailer soon to show you everything in action. It’ll make much more sense 😀

  • Martyn

    SteamWorld Dig is probably one of my favourite games of recent memory, loved the mash-up of genres, so I’m naturally excited for Heist. That said, I’m not the biggest strategy game fan, so extra development time to make the game better – to make me more likely to enjoy it – is fine by me! Really want to follow the story of Rusty and chums 🙂

    • Thanks, Martyn! The game will be a different genre, but it’ll still have that same appeal (I think). It’s made to be approachable by newcomers and veterans alike 🙂

      • Martyn

        Sounds great!

        Was also pleased to hear Brjann saying you guys are targeting 3DS and Steam first, in an interview at PAX – looks like a day one buy for me 🙂

  • MowMow789

    Those screenshots look great and I’m not really worried about the release date as for some reason, I thought it was late summer 2015.

    • Thanks, Mowmow! Then good thing it wan’t delayed longer into the year 😀

  • minirop

    I’m not a strategy player (except Age of Empires 2 and Advance Wars, full stop). The little gameplay I saw in your (Julius) interview by McFever(?) really made me understand I will like it more than I loved Advance Wars (the SteamWorld universe helps a lot <3).

    Brjann said 3DS first? yahoo o/

    I may be one of the rare grateful persons about the delay, because I don't have money, so I would be in great pain to not be able to buy the game. And I hope to have a job before the game launches (Bjarnn still has my CV ^^).

    • Awesome! I love your support, Minirop. We’re really big fans of games like Advance Wars and Fire Emblem, so I think you’ll like it. I personally feel they’ve got a similar vibe to them. So I hope you’ll like it.

      I think you’re referring to MC Fixer, right? 3DS is a given 😀

      What kinds of jobs are you looking for?

      • minirop

        yeah, MC Fixer, I just couldn’t remember it ^^

        as for a job, any developer job will go.