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SteamWorld Heist: Next Platforms and DLC prospects

Video Q&A: Future SteamWorld Heist DLC and Platforms

Howdy, partners!

Today we answer YOUR questions about SteamWorld Heist in a rich Q&A! We discuss a wide range of topics, including: DLC prospects, future platform releases, our office habits and a shipload of bad puns. Enjoy!

Here’s an extended list of topics for you to choose from (including timecodes):

  • What is the next platform for SteamWorld Heist? (00:27)
  • SteamWorld Heist DLC and Free Update (01:02)
  • Is it possible to add multiplayer to SteamWorld Heist? (02:41)
  • Was it a conscious effort to have many strong female characters in SteamWorld Heist? (05:01)
  • Concept art and scrapped SteamWorld Heist characters (05:24)
  • Any favorite snacks around the office? (09:31)
  • How do you plan to expand the SteamWorld brand? (10:09)

… plus a ton of other stuff!

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SteamWorld Heist Update + 3DS Screenshots + Photo Contest Winners

SteamWorld Heist Update + 3DS Screenshots + Photo Contest Winners

Howdy, partners! This week I’ll address the number one question people ask us daily:

“How’s SteamWorld Heist coming along?”

It’s going really, really well! Thanks for asking. The game is nearing completion and fairly soon we’ll be able to send the game to Nintendo for final approval. The game will launch this year and we can’t wait to show you more of it as launch draws closer…

Here are a couple of new screenshots:

The first of many space bars in SteamWorld Heist.

The first of many space bars in SteamWorld Heist.

Piper and Seabrass have been cornered by a Scrapper gang. How will they get out of this pickle?

Piper and Seabrass have been cornered by Scrapper thugs. How will they get out of this pickle?

The last stretch is all about polishing, bug fixing, balancing, proof-reading and tweaking to make the very best game we possibly can. It’s going to be worth the wait. So stay tuned for more news regarding release date, price and other cool details in the near future. We just got a capture kit from Nintendo, so when the game is polished enough we’ll show you lots of direct feed gameplay 😀

Proof that the game is in its final stages comes in the form of the final age ratings for all release regions. By having these finalized as early as possible we’re making sure not to delay the game because of slow rating processes. Here they are in all their glory:

Look at all those age ratings!

We’re so close!

Not only our hype is building. At events all over Europe fans are getting their hands on SteamWorld Heist for the very first time. We asked a few of them to share their first impressions with us:

Photo Contest Winners

It’s time announce the winning entries in last week’s SteamWorld themed photo challenge, where the prize was becoming a SteamWorld Ambassador. We asked for photos of “SteamWorld IRL” and you delivered exactly that! The winners are:

  • Vix Chan’s cosplay of Rusty from SteamWorld Dig
  • Zilochius Industries’ “The Last Day of an Old Scrapper”
Vix Chan and Zilochius Industries got really creative with their photos!

Vix Chan and Zilochius Industries got really creative with their photos!

Congrats, you’ll soon get an invitation to our secret Facebook group. As a SteamWorld Ambassador you’ll be among the first in the world to play SteamWorld Heist on all platforms starting this fall (you get to invite your friends, too). You’ll also get exclusive information on the SteamWorld games as they progress.

As always we feel a little guilty towards all of the other contestants. But keep at it and you too might become an ambassador one day!

What do you think of the new screenshots?

SteamWorld Photo Contest – SteamWorld Ambassador Challenge #10

SteamWorld Photo Contest – Ambassador Challenge #10

Howdy, partner!

This week’s SteamWorld Ambassador Challenge is: take a photo of anything from SteamWorld… in the real world! What this means is you have to get creative. Maybe you can reenact a shootout from SteamWorld Heist by taking cover behind your sofa and pointing your finger gun at the camera? All donned in your coolest hat, of course. Or if you have a big pile of dirt somewhere… Why not climb it and strike Rusty’s victory pose from SteamWorld Dig? The world is your playground.

Here’s our take to get you started:

Here's our take on SteamWorld Heist IRL.

Shooting off imaginary hats with imaginary guns: Check!

Your entry can be silly like ours, but don’t let that limit your creation. Previous SteamWorld Ambassador Challenges have taught us we can expect anything from you, so we’ll choose a winner based on general creativity and fun factor. Go wild, but take care: we don’t want you get hurt in the making!

What you win…

If you win you’ll become a SteamWorld Ambassador and be among the first in the world to play SteamWorld Heist before release. The game will launch on Nintendo 3DS this fall with all other platforms coming shortly after. Prior to every platform release we’ll send you a download code for the full game. We’ll even add a few spares you can give to your friends. The Ambassadors also get access to exclusive information about the SteamWorld games as they progress.

Rules and how to enter…

Upload or link to your picture (and ask any questions) in the comments below. We need your entry by Sunday October 11th at 23:59 CEST (EU) / 5:59 PM EDT (NA). We’ll reveal the winner in next week’s blog update (Tuesday). By submitting your images you give us the rights to freely use them in our products, services and marketing materials. The winning entry will not appear in the video game SteamWorld Heist.

You are completely free with your entry and are allowed to do some basic image editing. But let’s keep it safe for work and enjoyable for everyone. Also, make sure you’re allowed to share what’s in your picture before posting it online (including all faces, belongings, information and locations). It’s optional to include people in the photo.

Got what it takes? Hit us with your best shot!

SteamWorld Heist on Nintendo 3DS at EGX 2015 in Birmingham

SteamWorld Heist at EGX + Billy Gill’s Back Story Winner

Howdy partners!

Julius is home with a severe cold after shaking a lot of hands at Eurogamer Expo (EGX) in Birmingham this weekend (next time we’ll bring a bucket of hand sanitizers), so he’s instructed me to take care of the blogging this week. Sorry for being a few days late, this blogging tech is still new to me. Prepare for wordiness! 😀

The latest show we visited with SteamWorld Heist – Gamescom in Germany this August – was a true test of character and stamina. Gamescom is by far the biggest game expo in the world, with around half a million visitors and booths spread out over about a dozen gigantic halls. You’d better be both very fit and very patient! By contrast, EGX fits snugly into one hall, and even the biggest exhibitors – Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo, Ubisoft, EA – felt compact yet packed with content. It’s great to be able to walk around and “see everything” in less than 20 minutes.

And when you don’t have to walk forever, you discover so many nuggets! I liked a lot of the stuff I played, but I specifically fell in love with two very different games, Mushroom 11 and Lichtspeer. I certainly hope they both do all right. I guess as an indie developer I’m biased, but I seem to enjoy indie games more than anything; many of them are so to-the-point and just charming.

Brjann playing Mushroom 11

Brjann playing Mushroom 11

Nintendo had set up a SteamWorld Heist station for us smack in the middle of their booth, where we had a constant flow of people playing – and, to our relief, enjoying – our 10-minute demo of the game. It was noisy and at times also chaotic, but all wrapped in a happy atmosphere. We also had time to sit down with the press and talk shop. That’s always a bit nervous; what if I fail at infecting them with my excitement for the game, or what if they don’t understand or don’t like the gameplay? I’m like a bouncy five-year-old in that respect: “Come on! Love it! Get it!” And yes… they got it. 🙂

SteamWorld Heist's display at EGX

SteamWorld Heist’s display at EGX

There is something special and familial about Nintendo: they don’t treat us like rock stars (most probably because we’re not), but they definitely don’t regard us as thin air either. It’s more like we’re cousins, perhaps, or friends. For example, their EGX developer party was not held at a cool club, but in the back room of a pub. You could argue that they’re being cheap (and I guess it was relatively cheap), but the point is that all the Nintendo folks were there, with us. Talk about making your developers feel important. The night ended with an incredibly loud punk band that happened to play at the same pub. In my humble opinion punk will always beat techno, which is what we’re usually served at dev-conference parties. I got back to the hotel late that night, very happy and with my ears still ringing.

As soon as Julius is back on his feet, we’ll post videos and more images from EGX!

Who is Billy Gill? – SteamWorld Ambassador Challenge #9

Who is Billy Gill? – SteamWorld Ambassador Challenge #9

The Billy Gill Back Story Winner

Last week’s SteamWorld Ambassador Challenge was to provide a plausible back story for Billy Gill, our tight-lipped, gun-toting fish robot. And again we got so many wonderful entries! I have to tell you it’s really hard to pick winners for these challenges. Most everyone in the office gets involved, and we’re both flattered and overjoyed by the efforts. If it would have made any sense, we’d let everyone win.

So many of the entries would work well, but one stood out. The winner is:

  • “Aboard the Titanium” by jmaster2710

As the author mentioned in the comment, they went overboard and made a comic that is simply irresistible. We made a point of judging it fairly against the text-based entries. It didn’t win because it’s a comic – but because it’s concise and there’s a marvellous twist to it. See for yourselves:

Billy Gill's backstory – Comic Edition

Billy Gill’s backstory – Comic Edition

Congrats jmaster2710, you’ll soon get an invitation to our secret Facebook group. As a SteamWorld Ambassador you’ll be among the first in the world to play SteamWorld Heist on all platforms starting this fall (you get to invite your friends, too). You’ll also get exclusive information on the SteamWorld games as they progress.

As always we feel a little guilty towards all of the other contestants. But keep at it and you too might become an ambassador one day!

SteamWorld YouTube Series

If you’re following our updates I’m sure you know we’re regularly uploading videos to the Image & Form YouTube channel. The series is a container for all sorts of content: Q & As, interviews with staff, let’s plays, discussions, contests, announcements, fun randomness and other SteamWorld related content with the community in focus.

Where do you think Billy’s lover went?

Who won?

SteamWorld YouTube Series + Ancient Relic Winners

Howdy, partners! How are you?

We’re right in the middle of developing SteamWorld Heist and everything’s progressing smoothly. It’s going be a lot of fun letting you get your hands on the game later this fall!

Last week’s SteamWorld Ambassador Challenge turned out to be a really fun experience, and your suggestions made made us laugh and think big when it comes to the lore of SteamWorld. I can guarantee you that the scope of Heist is much grander than compared to SteamWorld Dig – not just the lore and story, more gameplay content as well.

The Ancient Relic Winners

We chose three of your relic suggestions. All winning entries will be interpreted by our artists/writers and appear in the final version of SteamWorld Heist. Here they are:

  • “Ström in a Can” (a can of fermented herring or “surströmming”, a disgusting Swedish delicacy) by Flatcross
  • “The Ancient Steam” (electric iron)  gerb1977
  • “The Last Hamburger” (non-decomposing burger) by mirkosp
The Ancient Relic Winners

The Ancient Relic Winners

Congrats! You’ll soon get an invitation to our secret Facebook group. As SteamWorld Ambassadors you’ll be among the first in the world to play SteamWorld Heist on all platforms starting this fall (you get to invite your friends, too). You’ll also get exclusive information on the SteamWorld games as they progress.

As always we feel a little guilty when we only choose a handful of SteamWorld Ambassadors. But keep at it and you too might become an ambassador one day!

SteamWorld YouTube Series

If you’re following our updates I’m sure you know we’re regularly uploading videos to the Image & Form YouTube channel. We think it’s time to up our game and create even better video content for you. We’ve geared up with cameras, microphones, tripods and other video equipment to create a video series that is easy on the eyes, as well as entertaining and interesting.

The concept is similar to Nintendo Minute and PlayStation Access, but with our own twist of course. The series will have a unique name and be a container for all sorts of content: Q & As, interviews with staff, let’s plays, discussions, contests, announcements, fun randomness and other SteamWorld related content with the community in focus.

Here are a couple of teaser images:

As barebones as a teaser can get, right?

As barebones as a teaser can get, right?

Now that's more like it! What could all those gears mean?

Now that’s more like it! What could all those gears mean?

So make sure you subscribe to our channel to never miss episodes when they premiere really soon 🙂

What videos do you want us to make?

Let us know in the comments below! We’re eager to know! 🙂

Have you got what it takes to name one of the space bars in SteamWorld Heist?

Name a Space Bar in SteamWorld Heist – Ambassador Challenge #6

Howdy, partners!

If you were a robot space pirate, where would you charge your batteries after a heist? To Captain Piper and her crew the answer is simple: Space bars! The space bars are water holes scattered throughout space. They’re the go-to places for steam-driven robots wanting to refill on necessary (and unnecessary) liquids.

The bars are also where you recruit new team members, gather information on your missions and purchase new weapons and upgrades. You might also get a glimpse of and hear a tune or two by the musical automaton troupe Steam Powered Giraffe (the real-life robot band composing the game’s soundtrack).

This week’s SteamWorld Ambassador Challenge

There are many different bars in SteamWorld Heist. Most of them with varying goods, bartenders and guests. Every single one of them also has a unique name. That’s where you come in! We want you to name a bar in SteamWorld Heist.

Basic facts about the bar:

  • The establishment is frequently visited by Royalist military grunts on leave.
  • The bartender’s name is Whoopsy Tubberbottom.
  • Steam Powered Giraffe is playing there.

What you win…

If you win you’ll become a SteamWorld Ambassador and be among the first in the world to play SteamWorld Heist before release. The game will launch on one or two platforms at a time starting this fall, and prior to every platform release we’ll send you a download code for the full game. We’ll even add a few spares you can give to your friends. The ambassadors also get access to exclusive information about the SteamWorld games as they progress.

How to enter…

Leave your name suggestion(s) (and ask any questions) in the comments below. We need your ideas by Sunday August 16th at 23:59 CEST (EU) / 5:59 PM EDT (NA). We’ll reveal the winner in next week’s blog update (Tuesday). By submitting your ideas you give us the right to freely use them in our products and services. We reserve the right to judge if the winning entry appears in SteamWorld Heist or not.

You are completely free with your name suggestions, but let’s keep it safe for work and nice. I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Got what it takes? Hit us with your best shot!

Greetings from space!

Fan Art Winners + Graphics Team Q&A

Howdy, partner! How are you?

First of all, let’s just say we were blown away by your amazing entries in last week’s SteamWorld Ambassador fan art challenge. You really fired up the entire team, which got some of our artists to record a special Q&A video as thanks for your beautiful artwork. Amanda, Jakob and Agnes had a lot of fun answering your questions.

Check it out:

Fan Art Winners

In all previous SteamWorld Ambassador Challenges we’ve been able to narrow it down to three winners. But this time it was simply impossible, so we decided to crown FOUR new SteamWorld Ambassadors. We chose the art we felt was the most unique/fun/beautiful or otherwise awesome. It was hard, but here they are:

  • Brittany Epic Morales
  • Stephen Patmore
  • Uggy G
  • Zoroko

Congratulations! Expect an e-mail soon with all the stuff you need to know about being a SteamWorld Ambassador. Here are the winning entries in all their glory:

 

Over to you:

Big thanks to all who submitted art for the challenge. All were simply beautiful! We’re planning great things for your creations. You might for instance see them on social media in the future and on the walls of our office. We’re planning to use every single one. Thank you for making it possible! 😀

What do you think we should do with all the fan art that was submitted?

SteamWorld Heist Fan Art Competition

Fan Art Contest – SteamWorld Ambassador Challenge #5

Howdy, partners!

Summer is approaching fast, so we thought we’d invite you to a SteamWorld Heist fan art challenge. Will you whip out your papers and pencils and go nuts with your creativity?

If you win you’ll become a SteamWorld Ambassador and be among the first in the world to play SteamWorld Heist before release. The game will launch on one or two platforms at a time starting this fall, and prior to every platform release we’ll send you a download code for the full game. We’ll even add a few spares you can give to your friends. The ambassadors also get access to exclusive information about the SteamWorld games as they progress.

Need some inspiration?

Here’s SteamWorld art from fans and our own artists:

And don’t forget to check out our artist Amanda’s speed painting:

You don’t have to own the latest gear to enter or be a Pablo Picasso. Just have fun with it and get creative! We look for all kinds of qualities in your artwork. Everything between derpy Rusty and detailed concept art is accepted!

How to enter…

Upload your SteamWorld picture(s) (and ask any questions) in the comments below. Or upload it to another site like DeviantArt or Tumblr and link to it. We need your ideas by Tuesday June 23rd at 23:59 CEST (EU) / 5:59 PM EDT (NA). We’ll reveal the winners in next week’s blog update (Thursday). By submitting your ideas you give us the right to freely use them in our daily work.

You are completely free with what you draw, but keep it safe for work and nice. I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Got what it takes? Hit us with your best shot!

Share the challenge with your friends!

Billy Gill is going to E3 2015 and bring a playable demo of SteamWorld Heist :D

SteamWorld Heist Q&A (E3 plans, story, pricing) + Social Media Winners

Howdy, everyone!

This is the week leading up to E3 and we have a lot of cool stuff to share with you today. We’ll start with a brand new Q&A with me (Julius) and our project manager Marco Podda. Marco is the perfect team member to answer your awesome questions. We talk about our plans for E3 next week, the story in SteamWorld Heist, pricing, special editions and much more. You’ll also get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look.

Check it out:

Last week’s ambassador winners

Last week’s social media challenge proved to be a really interesting one. We had a fun time choosing one ambassador in each of the three categories (hashtag, YouTube series, other creative idea). So without further ado, here are this week’s new SteamWorld Ambassadors:

  • Hashtag: “#LiveSteam” by mirpkered
  • YouTube series: “Community Q&A with different team members” by The Geek Guru
  • Other creative idea(s): Much of the fun stuff submitted by ladyfox14

Congrats! You’ll get an invitation to our secret Facebook group pretty soon. So stay tuned and check your inbox for e-mail. As SteamWorld Ambassadors you’ll be among the first in the world to play SteamWorld Heist on all platforms starting this fall (and you get to invite your friends, too). You’ll also get exclusive information on the SteamWorld games as they progress.

Many of the entries were very similar to each other so we went with the ideas that were the most original and/or most realistic from our point of view. Since so many of you asked us to do live streams and Snapchats we have decided to look into how we can make that a reality, too!

Over to you!

 

What do you want us to unveil at E3 next week?

 

Become a SteamWorld Ambassador by coming up with great social media ideas :D

Show us your social media skills! – SteamWorld Ambassador Challenge #4

Howdy, partners!

It’s time for a new SteamWorld Ambassador Challenge! Up until now we’ve asked you to help us write witty dialogue, design awesome hats and come up with cool weapon names. What they all have in common is that they’re great examples of how artistry and creativity are much needed skills when it comes to developing games.

But a video game is not all about art, design and code, you know. The people playing the game are equally (if not more) important. At Image & Form we think that the gaming community decides if a game makes it or not. So to really get to know what our fans want we talk to as many of you as we possibly can on social media.

This week’s challenge…

We want you come up with fun ideas for us to use in social media. We have three categories, which means you have three chances to win. The categories are:

  1. Hashtag for Twitter and Instagram: It should be a short and catchy one that really captures the feeling you get from the SteamWorld games and Image & Form. Make it personal and relatable. Like Nike’s #justdoit and Red Bull’s #givesyouwings.
  2. YouTube video series: Anything you would like to see on a regular basis.
  3. Your best other creative idea: Go wild! Want us to go on Snapchat, Pinterest or host weekly Twitch streams? You decide what you want us to do in this category.

The entries don’t have to be flashy. In fact, the more doable your idea is, the more likely we are to pick it. A good idea is to attach a link to videos or other content that you really like so we get a better picture of what you want us to do!

Shoot us your best ideas!

Shoot us your best ideas!

What you can win…

The winners will become SteamWorld Ambassadors. As a SteamWorld Ambassador you’ll be among the first in the world to play SteamWorld Heist before release. The game will launch on one or two platforms at a time starting this fall, and prior to every platform release we’ll send you a download code for the full game. We’ll even add a few spares you can give to your friends. You and the other ambassadors also get access to exclusive information about the SteamWorld games as they progress.

How to enter…

Leave your entries (and ask any questions) in the comments below. We need your ideas by Friday June 5th at 23:59 CEST (EU) / 5:59 PM EDT (NA). We’ll pick a winner over the weekend and reveal the SteamWorld Ambassadors in next week’s Tuesday update. By submitting your ideas you give us the right to freely use them in our daily work. We reserve the right to judge whether we use the winning entries or not, and might alter them as we see fit.

Got what it takes? Hit us with your best shot!