The SteamWorld series has never returned to an idea it’s had previously. The universally excellent SteamWorld Tower Defense, SteamWorld Dig and SteamWorld Heist have each cast off the last game’s genre like newly obsolete limbs, as developer Image & Form seemingly gets bored and embarks on something new within its pleasantly hokey steampunk robot universe.
Enter SteamWorld Dig 2, announced as a Nintendo Switch exclusive – for now – and coming this summer (honestly – Image & Form CEO, Brjann Sigurgeirsson insists that Heist’s multiple release estimates have taught the studio to be more conservative with time-keeping). Why come back at all?
“Although it was very well received,” explains Sigurgeirsson, “we knew there was more to SteamWorld Dig than we managed back in 2013. Ironically, it was a bit frustrating to see all those great reviews when we’d had so much more planned for it initially. So I think we knew we’d revisit the Dig era rather sooner than later.”