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Open Letter: Your (SteamWorld) Quest Begins Tomorrow!

Howdy!

All right, so tomorrow will be here in roughly a day or so! Tomorrow, April 25, we release our latest game, SteamWorld Quest, and we can’t wait to let you play it. 10 AM CEST / 2 AM PDT, to be exact.

Every Image & Form game takes a long time to make. We started development of Quest in September 2017, and it’s hard to imagine that a year and a half has already passed. Over 500 tomorrows have come and gone, and now it won’t be just our baby anymore.

When we asked our community, you told us that you wanted an RPG. It’s been a childhood dream of many of us to make one, and here it is – served up with awesome trademark Image & Form gameplay, graphics and music.

Here’s some “official internal fan art” from the dev team themselves. They’re not only beautiful people, but they’re also people who create beautiful things (mild spoilers down below).

We really hope you’ll enjoy playing SteamWorld Quest as much as we enjoyed making it.

Happy gaming!

Brjánn Sigurgeirsson,
Glorious Leader
Image & Form

SteamWorld Quest Hits Switch on April 25th!

Drum roll… DING DING DING! 🎉🙌🥳 We’re proud to shout from the top of our lungs that SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech comes first to Nintendo Switch on April 25th!!! That’s next month… ! As you probably know already, it’s Switch exclusive for a limited time with more platforms to follow after the Nintendo eShop release. A purchase will set you back $24.99 / €24.99 / £22.49 or your region’s equivalent. We’re making sure that the game is full of fabulous RPG goodness with a meaty story, thrilling battles and lots of surprises!

“The community’s been asking for an RPG since the dawn of time… almost. I’m thrilled that we’re surprising with a release date way sooner than most of you expected. It’s designed to be enjoyed by fans of RPGs and previous SteamWorld games. SteamWorld Quest is a new direction for the dev team, but at it’s core it’s simply put another, brilliant SteamWorld game with focus on excellent gameplay! This time we have an engaging and hilarious story to tell as well. It’s out soon and I’m very confident that you’ll love it!”

Brjánn Sigurgeirsson, CEO and Glorious Leader at Image & Form.

Until release, we have over 20 minutes of gameplay to share with you, published by the lovely team at IGN. The video’s just barely scratching the surface but in it we show the basics of the game, including it’s kickass soundtrack, battles, deck-building, character interactions and more:

Want more details?
Ask away in the comments!

SteamWorld Quest Lands on Nintendo Switch Later This Year

Howdy, everyone!

The new year is the time for new things and today we’re proud to announce that our newest game, SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech, is coming first to Nintendo Switch later this year! Have you seen the trailer yet? You’ll find it below for your viewing pleasure!

So what’s SteamWorld Quest about? The game description is an excellent place to learn the basics!

SteamWorld Quest Battle

SteamWorld Quest is the roleplaying card game you’ve been waiting for! Lead a party of aspiring heroes through a beautifully hand-drawn world and intense battles using only your wits and a handful of cards. Take on whatever threat comes your way by crafting your own deck choosing from over 100 unique punch-cards!

What awaits you is a luscious treasure chest filled with gold, dragons, vivid worlds, magic, knights in shining armor as well as XP, turn-based battles and all that good RPG stuff! The game’s humorous mix of traditional fantasy and steampunk robots makes for an unforgettable experience with lots of laughs.

Deck-building

The SteamWorld community has been asking us to create an RPG for years. In fact, we’ve asked our followers directly on multiple occasions what game they would like us to make next and so far an RPG has been the number one request. So naturally, we took it upon ourselves to create a new kind of game to surprise and delight both fans of the genre as well as existing SteamWorld fans.

We will announce the game’s release date, price and future platforms at another time. For now, we’re focused on Nintendo Switch. We’re incredibly excited to share our latest and possibly greatest adventure yet and we can’t wait to hear your first impressions! We will reveal more details about Quest in the coming months, including its story, gameplay details, and so on. Feel free to ask us any questions in the comments below ?

Check out the game’s official website for more screenshots, information, artwork, and other fun stuff!

What would you like to learn about SteamWorld Quest?

SteamWorld Dig 2 is already a smash-hit!

SteamWorld Dig 2 Tops The Charts – Here’s Why You’ll Love It Too!

Howdy, partners!

SteamWorld Dig 2 is out now on Nintendo Switch, Steam and PS4/Vita. Now that it’s available on all planned platforms we thought we’d recap how the launch is going for us.

Critics can’t stop praising it

SWD2 is enjoying extremely favorable reviews, with a current score of 88/100 on Metacritic. It’s the #4 Best Switch Game of ALL TIME. We’re extremely proud of this achievement and would love to share what notable media have to say. You can read the reviews in case you want to hear from others what makes the game so special:

10/10 – Nintendo World Report“Blows the original out of the water”
9/10 – GameSpot“A polished jewel.”
9/10 – Pocket Gamer“A must-have”
9/10 – Nintendo Life“Excellent”
8.8/10 – IGN“Pitch perfect”
8.5/10 – Destructoid“A worthy addition to any library”

At the time of writing the game has yet to receive a score below 8/10 (a “problem” we’re actually pretty happy to have).

It’s selling like hotcakes, too!

Players are having a blast as well, with the 98% approval rating on Steam being the obvious proof. Everyone’s praise results in impressive sales; I’m happy to announce that SWD2 is the biggest launch in SteamWorld history, selling faster than any game we’ve ever made before it. On Switch it’s topping the charts in as good as every country. In less than a week we’ve already earned back most of the game’s total development budget. Twenty or so people for almost a year and a half… You do the math!

Help us cement SWD2 as a modern classic

We’d like to humbly thank each and everyone who’s helped us make the SWD2 launch the roaring success it is. With your help we’re off to a great start and now is a better time than ever to get the game on everybody’s lips for years to come. Please continue talking about the game online and share it with your friends, fans and family. If you believe the game deserves its spot in the video game hall of fame you know what to do.

Reply for a chance to win the game: What excites you about SWD2 the most?

SteamWorld Dig 2: Release Date & Price

Howdy, partners!

SteamWorld Dig 2 hits Nintendo Switch on September 21 for $19.99/€19.99/£14.99 or your region’s equivalent. That’s something I’ve wanted to write for a very long time! We revealed it today during Nintendo’s Nindies Showcase in a brand new trailer. We tease new worlds, enemies, upgrades and challenges.

Watch and enjoy:

We also revealed 10 beautiful new screenshots. Head over to the official game page for all new images and other details.

Release Date and Price

As mentioned above, SteamWorld Dig 2 world premieres on Nintendo Switch in America and Europe on September 21. According to Almanac.com it’s the penultimate day of summer, so we don’t miss our original summer release window! Isn’t that something?

The game will be available for download on Nintendo eShop for $19.99. That’s twice the price of the original SteamWorld Dig. But since it’s at least ten times as good it’s more than a nice deal. You can expect around 10 hours of gameplay and multiple boss battles in a big, sprawling world which you’re free to explore and dig through at your own pace. The game is even longer for those of you itching to find all secrets and unlockables (and there are plenty).

A wonderful cast of characters

What about Steam and PS4?

Not a proud owner of Nintendo Switch? Well, you’re in luck! Only a few days later you’ll be able to download and play SWD2 on Steam and PlayStation 4. Expect more details (and a few surprises) very soon!

Play SWD2 at PAX West

SteamWorld Dig 2 is playable at PAX West this week. Brjánn is already in Seattle and ready to mingle with happy SteamWorld fans. We’d love to hear from you on social media if you stop by our booth (the Nintendo one).

What now, Captain Meow?

We have so much more to talk about in the coming weeks. Expect new info and trailers on social media (Twitter, Facebook and YouTube) as we approach launch. Make sure you follow us on your preferred social network to never miss an update and the chance to ask us any questions you might have!

Question: What do you want to see from SWD2 until launch?

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SteamWorld Dig 2 Hits Switch, Steam and PS4 Soon-ish!

Howdy, partners! Summer is here, so where is SteamWorld Dig 2? Well, we have a big update for you today. Continue reading for a bunch of new info!

Steam and PS4 joins the lineup!

We’re happy to reveal that SteamWorld Dig 2 is coming to Steam and PS4 in addition to Nintendo Switch. We plan to have SWD2 out on all within a few days of the Nintendo Switch debut. A few years ago a multi-platform launch would’ve been completely impossible for us. Thanks to hard work and a bigger team we can finally make it happen. It’s like we’re a “real” game studio now! 😀

Rest assured that these new versions of the game won’t delay the Nintendo Switch version, it’s just that multi-platform development is so much easier for us nowadays. Switch is still the main platform, and now more gamers can join in on the fun!

Wishlist on Steam today

Wishlist SteamWorld Dig 2 on Steam

Is there a release date yet?

“A delayed game is eventually good, but a rushed game is forever bad.” – Shigeru Miyamoto, Creative Fellow at Nintendo

These words from legendary Shigsy have become a motto at Image & Form. It’s a good reminder to avoid rush jobs if you can. Dig 2 is pretty much finished now, but we’ll take a few more months to polish the game to the level you all expect.

Our new release window is “Late Summer/Early Fall 2017”.

When we plan the release for any SteamWorld game, we always want to finish as soon as possible so everyone can play and and have fun with it. But at the same time we want to create something new. It’s hard to estimate how long that’s going to take and at what point whatever we consider to be new is done. More often than not problems take a lot longer to tackle than anticipated. These extra months will take pressure off our team and give us enough time to give you the game you deserve.

We’re going on vacation now, and will reveal the final release date some time after that. And then we’ll talk price, too.

What about 3DS, Vita and Wii U?

Even though we love Wii U and had great success on the console, there’s no denying that Nintendo Switch has firmly taken its place by now. For that simple reason, we will no longer make new Wii U games. Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita are still important to us. We won’t talk more about portable versions today, but rest assured we have not forgotten where we came from.

Will you play SWD2 on Switch, Steam or PS4?

Play SteamWorld Dig at PAX East in Boston this week!

Play SteamWorld Dig 2 at PAX East on Nintendo Switch!

Update: We accidentally communicated the wrong booth number. It’s supposed to be #22048. We updated the last paragraph to reflect that.

Howdy, partners! How about that SteamWorld Dig 2 reveal and Switch launch last week?! We’ve had a blast reading your reactions and playing Zelda all weekend! Both are equally amazing and makes for a combined 10/10 experience!

As excited as we are online we can’t wait for fans to play SteamWorld Dig 2 for themselves. And on that note…

We’ll be showing the first, public demo of SteamWorld Dig 2 on Nintendo Switch at PAX East (March 10-12, Boston, MA)

This is a rare chance to play SteamWorld Dig 2 on Nintendo Switch ahead of launch later this summer. Make sure to stop by and play. We’ve got a special demo version running beautifully on multiple stations and lots of SWD2 swag to hand out. To find us, just look for the SWD2 banners in the lobby or locate booth number #22048.

Will we see you at PAX East? If not, what shows should we visit near you?

SteamWorld Dig 2 debuts on Nintendo Switch in 2017

Howdy, partners!

It’s my absolute pleasure to announce that SteamWorld Dig 2 is slated for a summer 2017 release on Nintendo Switch. Due to popular demand from all of you, we’re (finally) revisiting the mysterious and unresolved setting for SteamWorld Dig.

Check out the reveal trailer: 

Here’s the official game description:

“Grab your pickaxe and dig into this sequel to the award-winning SteamWorld Dig! A platform mining adventure forged in Metroidvania flames. In search of her lost friend, a lone steambot and her unlikely companion must dig deep, gain riches and explore an underworld riddled with danger. But time is running short…”

The adventure begins this summer when SteamWorld Dig 2 debuts on Nintendo Switch (with more to follow). We can’t wait to show all of you how we’ve incorporated the Nintendo Switch system’s unique technologies, like the Joy-Con and HD Rumble.

Dig deep and gain riches!

Stay up-to-date with the latest news and platform announcements by following us on Twitter and Facebook! For those of you attending PAX East we have prepared a special demo version of SteamWorld Dig 2. It’ll be available on the show floor in our SteamWorld Dig 2 themed booth. Look for the SWD2 banners in the lobby!

For more screenshots and details, visit the official SteamWorld Dig 2 website.

SteamWorld Dig 2 FAQ

When exactly will SteamWorld Dig 2 be released?

You can expect to play SteamWorld Dig 2 sometime this summer.

For which platforms will it be released?

SteamWorld Dig 2 will debut on Nintendo Switch. Stay tuned for more platform announcements in the near future. We’re exploring the possibilities of a multiplatform release on day one. Stay tuned!

What was “SteamWorld Quest” and “SteamWorld Project 2017?”?

There’s a really fun connection between SteamWorld Quest/SteamWorld Project 2017 and SteamWorld Dig 2. Get the full story behind it in the latest Engine Room episode on YouTube.

Will the sequel be longer than the original SteamWorld Dig?

Sure thing! It’s a meaty exploration-focused platformer with a wide variety of upgrades and worlds to discover. Expect a vivid underworld in which you’ll encounter all kinds of enemies, treasures and traps. We’ll reveal more details in the coming months!

BTW, where the heck is Rusty?!

We haven’t forgotten about Rusty. He’s very important to the events unfolding in SteamWorld Dig 2. We don’t want to spoil anything this early, but rest assured knowing he’s present in the game.

What do you want to know about SteamWorld Dig 2?

Video: 5 Cool Nintendo Switch Facts (and 5 Lame Ones)

Howdy everyone!

In the latest Engine Room episode we answer your Nintendo Switch questions and open a bunch of fan mail you’ve so kindly supplied us with. Today’s topics include the power of Nintendo Switch, its ease of use and what our dev kit looks like. Use the timestamps below to jump to your preferred section.

Check out the video:

Topics & Timestamps

  • Is Nintendo Switch powerful? 0:50
  • What does the the dev kit look like? 1:08
  • Will Nintendo continue to support Nindies? 1:54
  • Is Nintendo Switch easy to develop for? 2:33
  • Are there any additional features? 3:32

Jump to 4:16 for the “lame” facts!

Want us to open your fan mail?

Our adress is:

Image & Form Games
Fjärde Långgatan 48
413 27 Gothenburg
Sweden

Mark the box or envelope “The Engine Room” and please don’t send fruit. It always arrives in a less than stellar shape!

What Nintendo Switch fact was your favorite?