SteamWorld Quest to be a timed-exclusive on Nintendo Switch

Fans are finally getting an RPG and SteamWorld Quest: Hands of Gilgamesh looks to deliver all the magic you'd expect.


Fans have been clamoring for an RPG that is set within the intriguing SteamWorld and, later this year, they will get their wish. Image & Form Games has announced SteamWorld Quest: Hands of Gilgamesh, a role-playing card game, and it debuts on the Nintendo Switch later in 2019.

In this new SteamWorld experience for Nintendo Switch, players will guide a crew of heroic steambots through a hand-drawn world and battle using their wits and a handful of cards. The combat is turn-based and features dragons, vivid worlds, magic, knights, and more of what you'd expect in a fantasy RPG.

This will be a major deviation from the typical SteamWorld formula, but SteamWorld Quest: Hands of Gilgamesh is something that Image & Form's dedicated community has desired for a while. Here's a statement from the studio taken from the press release:

For years, the SteamWorld community has asked us to create an RPG. In fact, on multiple occasions we’ve asked our followers what they'd like us to make next, and so far an RPG has been the number one request. So we took it upon ourselves to create a new kind of game, to surprise and delight both fans of the genre as well as existing SteamWorld fans.

We’re very excited to share our latest and possibly greatest adventure yet, and we can’t wait to hear your first impressions! We'll reveal more details about #SWQuest in the coming months, including price, release date, story, gameplay details, future platforms and so on.

SteamWorld Quest: Hands of Gilgamesh maintains the visual flair of previous SteamWorld games and could signal a pointed effort to expand the series well out of its origins. If this new shift is up to par, Image & Form will have a tough decision to make on where to take this cool world next.

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SteamWorld Quest launches later in 2019 and will debut as a Nintendo Switch exclusive. Stay tuned to Shacknews for additional updates.

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    January 23, 2019 9:15 AM

    Charles Singletary Jr posted a new article, SteamWorld Quest to be a timed-exclusive on Nintendo Switch

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      January 23, 2019 9:45 AM

      What the hell is "the typical SteamWorld formula"? The series consists of a tower defense, a couple of Mr. Driller-esque metroidvanias, and a 2D turn-based tactics shooter.

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        January 23, 2019 9:48 AM

        Well most people think of the SteamWorld Dig series as the "standard". That being said they do seem to like bouncing around genres. Really sad this one has more freaking CCG elements in it.

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