This week we’re finally showing SteamWorld Heist in public for the first time. Our CEO Brjánn is attending both PAX East and GDC this week. At GDC he’s meeting some of the top journalists and bloggers in the industry. A few days later at PAX East he’ll be at the show floor with the game, letting eager fans get their hands on it. It won’t be long now before we reveal new game details as well as gameplay footage. But until then we thought it would be good to summarize what we’ve shown of the game up until today.
Gameplay and setting
As a follower of Heistuesday you probably know that SteamWorld Heist is a game about space adventures and survival. You play as Captain Piper while she’s recruiting a team of rag-tag robots to explore and scavenge the remains of a destroyed world. During your travels you board enemy spaceships and command your crew in a unique variety of turn-based combat in a 2D side-scrolling perspective. Get a glimpse of it in the reveal teaser below.
Just like with SteamWorld Dig we’re focusing on beautiful, hand-drawn 2D graphics. According to our art director Tobias the art in SteamWorld Heist is “much more detailed” when compared to Dig, with “more focus on details in the character and environment graphics”. Much of this is possible since we are quite a large team this time.
You can see what Tobias is referring to by checking out some of the screenshots we’ve shown so far:
SteamWorld Heist is also a much larger game than Dig, which in turn leads to even more creative expression. Our graphic artist Agnes thinks this is awesome, because it allows us to add “tons of fun and quirky characters”. Agnes hopes that every person who play the game will be able to connect with each and every one of the characters.
Audio and music
After we announced SteamWorld Heist last September, steamy rumors about who would compose the game’s soundtrack spread around the web. The rumors spoke of a group of singing steam powered automatons known as Steam Powered Giraffe. And as most internet rumors it turned out to be… absolutely right! The band will be making music for SteamWorld Heist. They are still hard at work on the soundtrack and have released one song so far. It’s called “Prepare For Boarding”. Check out the music video below:
Platforms and release date
SteamWorld Heist will debut this year: 2015. The confirmed platforms are: Nintendo 3DS, PC/Mac/Linux, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One, Wii U and mobile platforms (such as iOS). We’ll be doing a staggered release. Which simply means we’ll bring the game to one platform at a time. This doesn’t rule out the chance of a simultaneous release on two or more platforms, though.
You and the rest of the amazing SteamWorld community is what keeps us going, really! Your encouraging words, posts and pictures are amazing and our jobs would be so boring without the fan support. Here are some of the most memorable, recent posts about SteamWorld Heist on social media:
If one thing, I can't wait for the release of SteamWorld Heist. I'll be impatiently waiting here while stimming violently. *tick tick tick*
— ClockworkMaren (@ClockworkMaren) February 28, 2015
— Samantha Sofka (@sam3214) February 16, 2015
— Daniel Fugate (@df2506) February 26, 2015
SteamWorld Heist at PAX East!!
— Mike C (@mechachoi) February 17, 2015
— Image & Form (@ImageForm) November 27, 2014
— minirop (@minirop) November 12, 2014
— Phil Theobald (@WhimsicalPhil) December 4, 2014
Super excited! I'll be doing an article piece on SteamWorld Heist and Zombie Vikings. Can't contain myself. pic.twitter.com/av5RabXvL6
— (づ｡◕‿‿◕｡)づ (@ladyfox14) March 2, 2015
How about you?
What is your favorite SteamWorld Heist memory? Leave it in the comments below and we’ll be there to chat with you about anything you want.