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SteamWorld Dig Coming to PC, But Follow-Up Will Still Arrive "Day One" on 3DS

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

"Nintendo has treated us like royalty"

SteamWorld Dig is a 3DS eShop title that's undoubtedly caused a stir among Nintendo Download gamers, while also receiving bounteous praise throughout its reviews. The work of Image & Form, it's been a title that's retained solid momentum after launch due to positive word of mouth, while Nintendo gave it star-billing in the Indie section at the recent Eurogamer Expo in London.

As we've seen in the past, a success on the 3DS can open new doors, and Image & Form has confirmed to rockpapershotgun.com that the title will be coming to the Steam platform on PC in early December. CEO Brjann Sigurgeirsson explained that work on the PC version has put the SteamWorld series sequel on hold for around two months, but reiterated that it will come to the 3DS, before later tweeting that it'll arrive "day one" on the portable.

We will definitely release the next SteamWorld game for the 3DS, if they’ll have us. It would be strange to leave the 3DS community; they’ve embraced SteamWorld Dig and carried us, and we owe them a lot. And the people at Nintendo have treated us like royalty.

Will we be able to release a PC version at the same time? As with everything else, I believe it’ll be a matter of resources. If we can manage releasing on multiple platforms simultaneously, then we’ll probably do it unless we find reasons not to. We use our own C++ tech, which means that we can’t simply press a button and have multiple versions ready in a day, which adds time to the process. At the same time, we’re not restricted by the limitations of a development environment. We’re still small, and even if we would manage the development end of it, we would have to coordinate a lot of PR and marketing in different channels. We want to give full attention to all of our players, and we only have one Twitter account!

Finally, let me comment briefly on the murmurs you’ve heard about a sequel. A few days after SteamWorld Dig was released, we were so relieved by the overwhelming reactions that we deemed it safe to start developing the next SteamWorld game – we had a number of good ideas lying around. And a month into that, we suddenly got word that SteamWorld Dig was more than welcome on Steam. We immediately and frantically began to build the PC version of SteamWorld Dig, so the new game has been on hold for about two months now. But before it was put on hold, my brilliant co-workers at Image & Form managed to produce a fantastic vertical slice of the next SteamWorld game. I played it, and I jumped with joy. However, please note that the next game in the SteamWorld series will NOT be a direct sequel to SteamWorld Dig – it will not be a SWD2, we’ll save that one for a while. The gameplay of the next game will be similar… and, at the same time, quite different. Let the murmurs continue.

We've also seen titles such as Mutant Mudds make the transition to PC. Are you tempted to pick SteamWorld Dig up a second time, and are you excited about the potential for the next game in the series?

[via rockpapershotgun.com]

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User Comments (20)

ToniK

#3

ToniK said:

I'm still to download the first one but it seems to look so beautiful on 3D that I wouldn't even consider the pc version. Good for pc gamers though!

ricklongo

#5

ricklongo said:

At this point, I'm definitely jumping right away at whatever these guys release next. Steamworld Dig is one of the best e-Shop games across both platforms.

ejamer

#6

ejamer said:

Owning Steamworld Dig on 3DS is enough for me - but I am happy to hear that the potential audience is being expanded. It's a fantastic game - hopefully being on Steam allows more people to discover this gem of a title.

unrandomsam

#7

unrandomsam said:

I don't think I will buy it again. If the sequel comes out at the same time or shortly after on Steam I might get it there though. (Multiplatform stuff is worth much less to me). If look at Spelunky or Super Meatboy or Fez the timed exclusive didn't seem to do their long term prospects any harm.

NImH

#8

NImH said:

I'm really excited for the next installment. Although some do, I don't usually play a game to death or beat it all at once... I could not put down Steamworld Dig. It's such a great little game. In my dreams, I hope for a console-sized follow up.

Klinny

#10

Klinny said:

That's great for Image & Form! I have the 3DS version already, but Steam will help reach such a large market that it can only help make their next games even better.

JudgeMethos

#11

JudgeMethos said:

That game helped keep me sane while on military orders. Love it! Beautiful, action packed, and charming. The soundtrack is classic.

unrandomsam

#14

unrandomsam said:

@Klinny Depends when stuff goes multiplatform invariably the 3DS version ends up worthless. (I am far less likely to get multiplatform stuff straight away also.) I know from me personally they will get less money for the next one because I will wait. (3DS one at 50% off or Steam at 75% off whichever is first).

SuperCharlie78

#15

SuperCharlie78 said:

Good, it will summon in a HIB along with other 8-9 games, I can definitely leave the 3DS version where it is

Kilroy

#17

Kilroy said:

Oh, please let this mean we'll get another Metroidvania. And I don't have a problem with Dig 2 not coming right away; Dig 1 is still awesome and if sales are still being dug out of it, I certainly can't blame them for wanting to mine it hollow.

imageform

#18

imageform said:

@Kilroy A fabulous way of putting it. Getting your game onto Steam without the excruciating wait of the Greenlight process is reserved for exceptional games, and we can't afford to pass it up. It'll give us even better resources for the next games in the SteamWorld series. And we don't forget who carried us into the limelight. :)

DBMONK

#19

DBMONK said:

AWESOME.... can't wait to see what they come up with next, steamworld dig is one of the best digital only games i have played in a long time, i have beat it 100% at least a dozen times and i still go back to it even now!

GoshDangTravino

#20

GoshDangTravino said:

@imageform I really can't wait to see what you guys have in store for the next game. A Metroidvania is obviously an awesome direction, being my favorite style of game, but if you deter from that and do something completely off the wall, I'll support it. Steamworld Dig was absolutely beautiful, and I'd love to see how the PC Version will look and feel.

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