SteamWorld has, over the past decade, built up to become a highly eclectic series. It started with a humble DSiWare tower defence, which was quickly forgotten, but had a breakout hit with the first SteamWorld Dig, which was something of a Mr. Driller iteration. Since then there has been a 2D, turn-based strategy game, and an RPG. Now, publisher, Thunderful Games, and developer, The Station, have teamed up to announce the next in the series, and it is a very different game again.
SteamWorld Build is a city builder simulation, and has been announced for release on just about everything, including the PS5, Xbox Series, PS4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC.
In SteamWorld Build, players will be in charge of a small town and will be tasked with building and expanding it into a thriving metropolis, steampunk-style. The game will feature everything that you would expect from a simulator, including a variety of buildings, including homes, shops, and factories, as well as the need to manage resources and make strategic decisions in order to keep their citizens happy and their economy thriving.
There will also be a combat element, with monsters emerging out of the mines that you’ll need to dig for riches, which should be a neat nod back to the genesis of the series.
Unfortunately, there hasn’t been a release date announced just yet, but this is a game worth looking forward to. The developers and publishers do have a reputation for exceedingly high-quality games in this mini-franchise, and we’re looking forward to seeing what they can do with this new genre.