They swap platforming for turn-based 2D combat as we put together a team of 'ragtag robots' as crew for our steam-driven spaceships. We'll be heisting rivals for loot.
This isn't a direct sequel to Dig, but it is a continuation in the series and the "cowbots are still the heroes." This is fulfilling the studio's wish for a turn-based strategy game.
"Heist isn’t a sequel to SteamWorld Dig,” says CEO Brjann Sigurgeirsson. “It’s set in the same world and the cowbots are still the heroes. But a lot has happened to SteamWorld since then, and we want to make a game that is radically different. Partly because we really wanted to make a turn-based strategy game, but also because it felt like a clever move. The obvious follow-up would’ve been Dig 2; we wanted to surprise instead.”
The original world in Dig has been shattered by a cataclysmic event and so the robot populace has been forced into steam-driven spaceships. In this 'robot-eat-robot world' it's a tough existence, and water is scarce. The only way to survive now is through heisting, but at least it's always robbing the bad guys.
SteamWorld Heist will release on 'all platforms' in spring 2015.