Thunderful and The Station have made SteamWorld Build available to players on the PC, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and 5, and the Nintendo Switch. The game melds steampunk aesthetics with city-building gameplay.
For those interested in playing SteamWorld Build, the title is currently available at a 10% launch discount. Along with the game being available on Steam (for PC) for only $9.44 USD, the Nintendo eShop, etc. it is also available on Xbox Game Pass.
Not only that but if you happen to own everything in the franchise, you can enjoy an additional 22% discount for the Deluxe Edition, allowing you to own SteamWorld Build and the OST for only $28.79. From my understanding, there’s a ‘SteamWorld Complete Bundle’ available on Steam where the discount will increase depending on how many games you already own. I don’t know about you, but I think more developers should look into offering such types of discounts if they plan on building franchises.
Anyway, coming to the gameplay you can expect, the city-building genre has been combined with Dungeon Keeper-like underground mining and oiling the cogs. In short, you will get to enjoy the features that come with similar city-builders as well as some level of action to protect your territories and civilians from certain types of attacks.
And yes, for those wondering, sticking with the vibe of the long-running IP, the civilians are steambots. You will be responsible for keeping them fed and happy as you try to expand your city. The premise involves being on a planet that has a bunch of underground secrets. So, as you continue to use aboveground resources to strengthen your town, you will also be encouraged to dig deeper to unearth more resources and reveal secrets. The final mission is supposed to involve helping the steambots get off the planet.
I did play SteamWorld Build. And as far as my opinion goes, I did like the emotional themes in the story at the beginning. I also liked the visuals of the steambots going about their day, whether it was just roaming around or following the orders you gave them. Having said that, I don’t know if you will experience what I did, but I found this game to have a bit of a learning curve. It wasn’t very complicated. But it sure made me pause and really think about what I needed to do to ensure my town continued to strive. There’s definitely depth in the city-building mechanic featured in this title. I didn’t dive deep into it, but I think city-building players will appreciate it a lot.
Here’s the trailer!
The gameplay experience is supposed to be streamlined regardless of the console you play it on because the game was developed for PC and console simultaneously. Due to how certain ports have been functioning lately, that’s some good news to hear as a gamer.
As for The Station, it was founded in 2013 by Karlshamn, Sweden. It was acquired by Thunderful in 2020. The team consists of 40 people. The studio is known for working on the LittleBigPlanet series with SteamWorld Build being the biggest project yet.
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(via Press Release)
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