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Image & Form announced SteamWorld Dig 2 earlier this year. The game is “pretty much finished now,” but the studio will be taking “a few more months to polish the game to the level you all expect.” It’s now planned for late summer / early fall.

Image & Form wrote on its blog today:

“When we plan the release for any SteamWorld game, we always want to finish as soon as possible so everyone can play and and have fun with it. But at the same time we want to create something new. It’s hard to estimate how long that’s going to take and at what point whatever we consider to be new is done. More often than not problems take a lot longer to tackle than anticipated. These extra months will take pressure off our team and give us enough time to give you the game you deserve.

We’re going on vacation now, and will reveal the final release date some time after that. And then we’ll talk price, too.”

Finally, SteamWorld Dig 2 isn’t coming to Wii U, but it sounds like Image & Form will be supporting 3DS:

“Even though we love Wii U and had great success on the console, there’s no denying that Nintendo Switch has firmly taken its place by now. For that simple reason, we will no longer make new Wii U games. Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita are still important to us. We won’t talk more about portable versions today, but rest assured we have not forgotten where we came from.”

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During the last Nindies Showcase, SteamWorld Dig 2 devs Image & Form announced their latest game and, among other things, they specified that this new iteration will use Switch’s HD Rumble feature.

Nothing more was said about it until now. In a recent interview posted on the official Nintendo UK site, Julius Guldblog, Community Manager at Image & Form, talked more about how exactly are they planning to implement HD Rumble when playing SteamWorld Dig 2:

“I quite like what we’ve been able to pull off with HD Rumble. One thing is recreating the sensation of digging into certain materials. There’s so many cool things you can do. HD rumble will be a fabulous feature of SteamWorld Dig 2.”

He hints that we’ll be able to feel with our Joy-Con different materials when digging them, but that’s probably just an example and there will be more uses for this feature.

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Today, Image & Form published the latest video in its video series known as “The Engine Room”. The studio chatted in-depth about SteamWorld Dig 2 by answering various fan questions. Some portions of the video touch on old subjects (release date, physical version), but new topics as well such as the possibility of a demo, the game’s scope, soundtrack release, and more. Watch the full video below.

This week’s episode of Nintendo Minute has gone live. In today’s video, Kit and Krysta highlight SteamWorld Dig 2 and chat with Image & Form while taking on challenges. View the full episode below.

Nintendo has announced today that they will be bringing 8 playable Switch indie titles to EGX Rezzed 2017 in London, which begins on March 30 and ends April 1.

The titles that Nintendo will be bringing to EGX Rezzed were published on the website for the event, and are as follows:

As of now, SteamWorld Dig 2 will be a digital title on Switch. The game could eventually go the physical route as well.

In a Reddit AMA, Image & Form community manager Julius Guldbog said the team is “looking into” the possibility of SteamWorld Dig 2 seeing a retail release. Guldbog added in a separate comment:

“No word on a physical release yet. We’re in the talks with distributors, but have nothing to announce at this moment. BUT SteamWorld Collection did REALLY well for us, so physical makes a lot of sense.”

Guldbog was also asked throughout the AMA about bringing past SteamWorld entries to Switch. Image & Form would “love” to make that happen, but SteamWorld Dig 2 is the focus for the time being.

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SteamWorld Dig 2 received its debut trailer earlier today, and now we have the first gameplay to go along with it from Polygon. Watch the video below.

SteamWorld Dig 2 details

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IGN wrote up a new article on SteamWorld Dig 2, which was just announced for Switch today. Along with tidbits of information, some comments from Image & Form CEO Brjann Sigurgeirsson are thrown in as well. Find a roundup of everything below.

– Set just after the original Dig
– Dorothy has given up on finding ex-hero Rusty and moved to the town of El Machino
– Something spurs her to head underground once more
– Much bigger than the original
– Should feel like a more traditional Metroidvania
– Uses the first game’s gently ballooning inventory of items and skills as more like puzzle pieces than simple keys to the next area
– “in Dig, the only way was down. With Dig 2 you’ll be spending more time exploring and figuring stuff out.”
– Demo is set in a Spelunky-esque temple environment
– Here you’re introduced to new heroine Dorothy’s digging, wall-jumping, boss-killing and upgrades through a twisting course of tunnels
– Dig 2 will be entirely handcrafted as opposed to procedurally-generated
– Part of the developer’s aim to make the sequel fairer to those looking to rush through the sequel’s new, wide world

“It’s one of the ways Image & Form has improved over the past four years, we now have resident level designers, and we’ve spent thousands of hours on the level design of the game. Not only does that mean that we can make the game as interesting as possible, there are other benefits as well. We don’t have to program around possibly dead-end scenarios as we did for Dig.”

“Although it was very well received, we knew there was more to SteamWorld Dig than we managed back in 2013. Ironically, it was a bit frustrating to see all those great reviews when we’d had so much more planned for it initially. So I think we knew we’d revisit the Dig era rather sooner than later.”

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Following today’s announcement of SteamWorld Dig 2, Image & Form issued a blog post with a brief Q&A. On top of that, a new episode of The Engine Room went live discussing how SteamWorld Quest is actually this game. We’ve posted it all below.

For which platforms will it be released?
SteamWorld Dig 2 will debut on Nintendo Switch. Stay tuned for more platform announcements in the near future. We’re exploring the possibilities of a multiplatform release on day one. Stay tuned!

What was “SteamWorld Quest” and “SteamWorld Project 2017?”?
There’s a really fun connection between SteamWorld Quest/SteamWorld Project 2017 and SteamWorld Dig 2. Get the full story behind it in the latest Engine Room episode on YouTube.

Will the sequel be longer than the original SteamWorld Dig?
Sure thing! It’s a meaty exploration platformer with a wide variety of upgrades and worlds to discover. Expect a vivid underworld in which you’ll encounter all kinds of enemies, treasures and traps. We’ll reveal more details in the coming months!

Where’s Rusty?!
We have not forgotten about Rusty. He’s very important to the events unfolding in SteamWorld Dig 2. We don’t want to spoil anything this early, but rest assured knowing he’s present in the game.

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