Today, Thunderful Games revealed Steam World Constructiona new game inside the beloved SteamWorld Serie.
The game is, as the name suggests, a city builder, and it is the sixth main game in the SteamWorld franchise, with the goal of staying true in terms of tone and style to the roots of the franchise. It is being developed by Swedish studio The Station, which was acquired by Thunderful in 2020.
By the way, we also got confirmation that Thunderful is working on four SteamWorld games with its various studios, though the developer isn’t quite ready to talk about the other three.
A free demo of Steam World Construction has been available today on Steam, and you you can find it here. Speaking of Steam, a franchise sale is now on which allows you to get all the previous games in the series at a heavily discounted price. The demo is also coming to the Epic Games Store and GoG.com. At the moment, there is no information on whether it will be released on consoles.
The game will arrive in 2023 for PC, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X | S, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. The interface is designed to work “just as well” with a mouse and keyboard as it does with a controller. The developers “absolutely guarantee” that the experience will be the same no matter what platform you play on. While he is a city builder, he will also include mining elements in his gameplay, which is not surprising considering where the series hails from. It is also the first SteamWorld game in 3D.
You can check out a trailer below and an official set of bullets outlining what you can expect from Steam World Construction.
- Set in the award-winning SteamWorld universe
- Build your own unique SteamWorld mining town
- Explore and develop an abandoned mine
- Manage and optimize increasingly complex resource chains
- Face the dangers you will encounter
- Experience five distinctive SteamWorld-inspired maps packed with secrets
- Easy to pick up and play with keyboard and mouse or with a controller
- Three well-balanced difficulty levels to challenge players of all skill levels.
The press release included a comment from SteamWorld universe and franchise director Brjánn Sigurgeirsson.
“When The Station joined Thunderful in 2020 and told us they wanted to make a city builder, we thought it offered a great opportunity for SteamWorld and Thunderful to move into another new genre. They know what it means to work on big IPs from their experience developing LittleBigPlanet, including crossovers with God of War, Dark Souls, and many more. After spending many hours getting sucked into the amazing gameplay loop they’ve created between building cities above ground and mining underground, I can say I’m very proud of what they’ve managed to do within the SteamWorld universe.”
We also hear from The Station producer Adam Vassee.
“Having the opportunity to work on an award-winning franchise that is loved by fans was a true honor for us. We’ve put a lot of effort into making sure the game retains the charm of previous installments, but we’re also lucky that the SteamWorld series is all about trying new things. That has been liberating in allowing us to put our own spin on SteamWorld and the city-building genre to create an intuitive interface. year satisfies dungeon keeper style system that we think is unlike anything else out there.”
If you are not familiar with the SteamWorld franchise, debuted with defense tower back in 2010 on the Nintendo DS, but it really took off with SteamWorld Dig in 2013, followed by SteamWorld Heist, SteamWorld 2 ExcavationY SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech.