Steamworld Heist Has Done “Quite a Bit Better” than SteamWorld Dig

The developer reflects on the games’ 3DS success in time for its arrival on Wii U.

By Jon Stevens. Posted 09/30/2016 17:00 Comment on this     ShareThis


According to Steamworld Heist’s developer Image & Form, the turn-based strategy action shooter game has sold rather well in addition to being well-received.

In an interview between Image & Form CEO Brjann Sigurgeirsson and Nintendo Life, Sigurgeirsson explained how:

“I’m happy to say that SteamWorld Heist has done quite a bit better for us than SteamWorld Dig, and it’s been the follow-up that we hoped for! … Heist both feels bigger and scores way better than Dig. On Metacritic SteamWorld Heist is, together with Xenoblade Chronicles and Monster Hunter 4, the highest-scoring 3DS original title of 2015.”

The developer also goes into some detail about some of the difficulties that the team encountered in development, including having to decide whether to delay the original 3DS release of the game beyond its eventual November 2015 release date.

“One [tough decision] was releasing Heist in December 2015 rather than wait[ing] until February/March 2016. Like we’re used to, we had bet the farm on Heist and were running out of cash (again)… The game didn’t suffer – it was ready. But many of us thought that we had already spent 22 months making Heist, we could probably wait another 2-3 months to polish some detail or other. Nintendo offered to include us in a Nintendo Direct in November last year on the condition that we released the game before the end of 2015, and that made up our minds for us.”


Sigurgeirsson’s comments shed a light on the incentives that developers can be faced with in the run up to a game’s launch. Indeed, the promise of support from Nintendo is something that most developers would be reluctant to turn down in a hurry! You can read the interview in full here.

Steamworld Hiest was released on the 3DS eShop in November 2015, and received an editor’s choice award from us. It is available on the Wii U eShop in Europe now, and will be available in North America in October.

Source: Nintendo Life

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