SteamWorld Build

Platform(s): Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X
Genre: RPG/Strategy
Publisher: Thunderful
Developer: The Station
Release Date: 2023

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'SteamWorld Build' Is A City Builder For Nintendo Switch, PlayStation, Xbox And PC, Playable PC Demo Available - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Jan. 23, 2023 @ 3:03 p.m. PST

SteamWorld Build takes a well known genre and gives it a unique twist, delivering a multi-level city-building experience that tasks you with constructing a thriving town above ground, while mining resources and dealing with monsters below.

Be the architect of a SteamWorld mining town! Break ground and raise houses for your steambot citizens, keep them fed and provide some rootin'-tootin' entertainment.

There's an abandoned mine sitting under your town, and it’s rumored to be filled with ancient tech that holds the key to escaping the impending doom. Use the natural resources above ground and the abundant ores buried in the mine to expand your town. Stimulate new residential tiers to join the quest to dig deeper, unearth untold riches and ultimately help them to hightail it off the planet!

As the town expands in all directions, new kinds of steamfolk find their way to the settlement - and their needs are ever more complex to satisfy. To keep everyone content, you'll need to make sure everyone works their darn hardest.

Buy items to boost the efficiency of buildings. Keep goods flowing up and down the mine by speeding up the miners with encouraging jolts of electricity. Or just barter at the local train station and get what you need that way. It's all up to you!

As you go hunting deeper and deeper in the mine after riches, eventually something will start hunting you back. Defend your workers from creepy creatures and keep the walls from caving in as you explore the deeper levels of your mine.


“When The Station joined Thunderful in 2020 and told us that they wanted to make a city builder, we thought it offered a great opportunity for SteamWorld and Thunderful to move into another new genre,” said Brjánn Sigurgeirsson. “They know what it means to work on big IPs thanks to their experience developing for LittleBigPlanet, including crossovers with God of WarDark Souls and many more. After losing plenty of hours getting sucked into the amazing gameplay loop they’ve created between overground city-building and underground mining, I can tell you that I’m really proud of what they’ve managed to do within the SteamWorld universe.”

“Having the opportunity to work on an award-winning franchise that’s loved by fans was a real honour for us,” said Adam Vassee, producer at The Station. “We’ve put a lot of effort into making sure the game retains the charming character of previous entries, but we’re also lucky in that the SteamWorld  series is all about trying new things. That’s been liberating in allowing us to put our own twist on SteamWorld and the city builder genre to craft an intuitive Anno meets Dungeon Keeper style system that we think is unlike anything else out there.”

Thunderful and The Station are also excited to announce that a demo for SteamWorld Build is available on Steam now! Additionally, to celebrate the return of the SteamWorld franchise, all the previous games in the series are now discounted on Steam as part of the SteamWorld Build Announcement Sale. If you don’t already know what all the fuss is about when it comes to this multi award-winning series, this is the perfect opportunity to find out.  

SteamWorld  Universe and Franchise Director, Brjánn Sigurgeirsson announced that more news on all things SteamWorld will be shared later this year when SteamWorld Telegraph debuts as a community-focused show. Having worked on the SteamWorld series from the very beginning, Brjánn will be collaborating with all the Thunderful studios developing SteamWorld titles, ensuring quality and consistency across all the games as the series expands in the years ahead.

SteamWorld Build has been developed on PC and console simultaneously, ensuring that the game’s design, UX and UI all work just as well with a controller in hand, as they do with mouse and keyboard. The game features a user-friendly interface and mechanics designed to cater to both experienced players and newcomers to the city builder genre, further refined by three difficulty levels to choose from.

Key Features:

  • Set in the multi award-winning SteamWorld Universe
  • Build your own unique SteamWorld mining town
  • Explore and develop an abandoned mine
  • Manage and optimize increasingly complex resource chains
  • Tackle the dangers you will encounter
  • Experience five distinctive SteamWorld inspired maps littered with secrets
  • Easy to pick up and play with keyboard and mouse or with a controller
  • Three well-balanced difficulty levels to give a challenge to players of all abilities

SteamWorld Build is coming to Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One and PC (Steam) in 2023.


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