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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' Demo Coming as Part of Steam Next Fest, Shows Off Gameplay - Trailer

by Judy on June 10, 2023 @ 1:40 p.m. PDT

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.

As part of Steam Next Fest, a playable PC demo will be available on June 19, 2023 via Steam.

“The response to SteamWorld Build from our fans and critics has been fantastic so far,” said SteamWorld Universe and Franchise Director, Brjánn Sigurgeirsson. “It’s a pleasure to give fans another look at the game and we’ll be sharing more via our community-focused SteamWorld Telegraph show, which recently kicked back into gear”.

“The love that’s been shown for SteamWorld Build has been wonderful to see and only fuels our desire to deliver a game that meets the high standards of this award-winning franchise,” said Adam Vassee, producer at The Station. “The response so far suggests we’ve really hit on something with our Anno meets Dungeon Keeper style gameplay, but I can assure you we will keep working hard to make the best SteamWorld game possible!”

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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