Update (Fri 17th Jul, 2020 13:45 BST): Following a slight hiccup last week which forced Super Rare Games to temporarily halt pre-orders, the two SteamWorld releases are back up on the site and are available to pre-order. At the time of writing the collector's double pack has sold out, but both titles can still be purchased individually.
Original Article (Fri 3rd Jul, 2020 18:05 BST): If you're a keen collector of physical indies on Switch, this next option is one you definitely won't want to miss.
Super Rare Games has teamed up with Image & Form to release both SteamWorld Dig and SteamWorld Heist: Ultimate Edition physically on Nintendo Switch. The launch celebrates the series' 10th anniversary, and copies will naturally be pretty limited in number.
5,000 copies of SteamWorld Dig will be made available - which also includes SteamWorld Dig 2 on the cartridge - and there'll be 6,000 copies of SteamWorld Heist, both available at £30 each. You'll also be able to grab them both in a special collector's double pack for £60.
Pre-orders will go live on Super Rare Games' site on 9th July at 6pm BST. Each release includes a full-colour manual, interior artwork, an exclusive sticker, and three trading cards randomly selected from a five-card set.
You can grab the games for considerably less on the Switch eShop, but do you love the SteamWorld series enough to splash out on these lovely physical copies? Let us know if you'll be buying one with a comment below.
They just robbed me blind with the first release then....
After everyone that has wanted them has had them for ages.
Kinda weird that they’re treating Dig 2 as just a throw in, no?
@Silly_G yeah I was thinking that both on the same cartridge would've been a nicer alternative, considering how tiny the games are.
But apparently Dig comes with Dig 2? The box art could've included art from both games.
Edit:... And now your comment is below mine, somehow!
I don't understand why they bother with separate releases when they could have just issued a single release with all three games on a single cartridge (for those that are unaware, Switch cartridges can store multiple units of software and spawn separate icons for each). It would also save money on packaging and printing two sets of cartridges and they could have charged 40 quid for the lot.
Limited Run's recent Blaster Master releases were handled in a similarly stupid way (with indulgently overpriced and oversized collector's editions to boot).
got them all when on sale a while ago. I've not played heist though. I'll have to get round to playing that one
As expected... these games are available physical on all platforms including wiiu and Vita...
@Silly_G one word: money
Terrific games, will be buying...again.
I might have doubled dipped if all the games were on one cartridge. They forgot about Tower Defense and Quest.
@Krambo42 Dig 2 already had a physical release thats probably why its not getting one.
@MarzipanD what I mean is it is included on the Dig 1 cartridge and they’re barely advertising that.
@Krambo42 "5,000 copies of SteamWorld Dig will be made available - which also includes SteamWorld Dig 2 on the cartridge"
@Silly_G yep a total con i bet the carts storage is mostly empty spaccccccccce.
@jump quest is already released by them and is now sold out
Man, just bought Dig on Switch eShop yesterday, after checking that there was no physical release. Oh, well, that’s what you get when you buy digital I guess.
@MarzipanD Exactly. But look at the case. It’s clearly a Dig 1 release with 2 added in as a bonus. I would think it would be labeled as the Dig collection or something. I just think it’s weird.
@Krambo42 its probably a licensing issue with however put out the original physical release. You'd also get folk going on about the fact that 2 had been released previously and thus it wasn't super rare.
All are great games, but Dig seems like a much better deal as it contains two full games, whereas Heist is one game at the same price...
Yes, I will, thanks!
I love the Steamworld franchise to bits, but its hard for me to care about this when I know I don't have a chance of getting a copy.
Also, kinda weird how they're releasing it. Why not be more obvious about Dig 2 being there? Why not put all these small sized games on one cartridge to both cut costs and convenience for the user? Why not just include everything they've put out to this point given if you're buying one of these individual titles, especially the inevitable hard to get physical version, you're likely interested in all of them?
These will be a pass for me as I've already played and beaten both in SteamWorld Collection on the Wii U. Both are excellent games and are definitely not to be missed.
In the meantime, I'll be waiting on the inevitable physical announcement of SteamWorld Quest.
@Tyranexx didn’t that already happen like,
@MarzipanD Yeah, I’m guessing that’s what it is too. Still strange but I’m sure there’s a good reason.
Will definitely be grabbing this. I already have a copy of their SteamWorld Quest release.
@Tao I thought the same when SRG announced Steamworld Quest, but I had no problem getting a copy. It took them a few weeks to sell through everything for Quest, so I think it won't be too hard to get a copy of either of these.
Super Rare. Ugh. I hate this kind of schemes where companies snatch the rights to games only to charge barbarian prices for the physical editions. Will skip and vote with my wallet.
@Krambo42 Hmm, you seem to be correct....It looks as though pre-orders went up through SRG, anyway. But it was very limited. 🤔 I didn't pay much attention to gaming news around that time period for various reasons. Clearly I missed that.
@Tyranexx Looks like you can get it for $50, or possibly less, on eBay. A bit steep, but not much more than you would have paid to get it directly from SRG.
@Krambo42 Definitely worth considering. Thanks!
I do find it surprising that they went with such a limited release this time around though.
@Krambo42 Yeah, it's super weird. It took me way longer than it should have to realize it contained both games. Considered Dig2 was the much better game, I would have expected a more prominent place in marketing. Regardless, got my order in this time, so I'm happy.
All 3 games combined is less than 1GB - you can easily put them in a single cartridge.
@Tao because the cartridge cost is probably mostly just an excuse to make it more expensive or not even bother releasing it physically, and the rarity is another one to inflate the price. So why make it a great deal bundled, when you can overcharge twice and people will bite? I used to be a collector like many others, but I kept on shooting arrows in my own knees.
I also get it takes a lot of work and does probably cost quite some money to publish games, and rarity and high prices are just another way to make sure they make profit and clear all stock.
Those trading cards look kinda weak. could have put that template together in 5 mins.
Here we go again. Why don't they just release the games normally?
I got this collection on Wii U, physical too, for small change. New and sealed. A sale on the store.
Meanwhile, Steamworld Dig 2 was released phisically, but is hard to find at a good price.
Would much rather see a new Dig game..
I don’t like this behavior anymore. Two amazing games. But both can easily be put on the smallest Switch cartridge available.
This is just ***** with consumers.
Nice to have all three together and glad that they include Dig 2 with Dig 1 there.
nearly ordered them for those 70€ plus shipping, but then realized, they are digitally in sale in Europe for about 15€ for all three...
I really like to have games physically, but that difference is absurd.
I've been quite enjoying Heist on Hard as it's very fun and challenging at times. It's really cool that the player's skill is required for lining up shots and knowing where bullets will pass through which sections. Don't get frustrated as you can go back and level up characters as you please to dominate later levels. Have fun!
I rate this a 0/10
they took forever to do it, people who wanted them for play will have already bought, this is just a cash grab for collectiors.
I kinda hate limited run companys... eather bring out arround lunch or get out
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