So this is a surprise. Thunderful is indeed coming with another game in its excellent SteamWorld series, but it’s not the action co-op third-person adventure SteamWorld Headhunter we were teased for in November 2021. This is SteamWorld Build strategy, which will be released later this year for PC, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. You can also find it on Steam demo version.
But don’t run away just yet. SteamWorld Build looks interesting on paper. In SteamWorld Dig 1 and 2, you played as a worker robot that searched beneath the surface for treasures and ancient technology so that the city above could grow and develop. Changes were made in your absence, which gradually started to bother the players. The developers are now bringing these two worlds together and in SteamWorld Build you can manage the growing mining town above while issuing orders to your worker robotsto dig in the mine, searching for ancient technology and natural resources.
The game is described as a combination of Anno and Dungeon Keeper, but I personally would add SimCity and tower defense to the mix, because you will have to deal with a host of enemies lurking beneath the surface. The deeper you dig, the more difficult it should be. And you will have to dig, your main task is to find various pieces of ancient technology, which is the key to escape from the impending doom. Some say it’s rockets so you can escape into space.
You have to do it take care of your residents, providing them with food and also entertainment. Just remember that the more your city grows, the more difficult it will be to meet the needs of its residents. Fortunately, there will be a choice three difficulty levelsso both newcomers to the field of building strategies and veterans should find their way.
SteamWorld Build is being created simultaneously for PC and consoles, and according to the developers, it will work just as well with a mouse and keyboard as with a controller. In addition to this project, Thunderful is working on four more SteamWorld games. The company’s earlier financial report talked about a mobile puzzle and turn-based strategy game with tactical and action elements.