Super Rare Games will pursue more SteamWorld physical Switch releases if SteamWorld Quest sells well

A quest for more releases

Super Rare Games is releasing SteamWorld Quest on Switch in physical form, and if it sells well, fans of Image and Form's franchise will have even more to look forward to. Super Rare Games has said they'll work on bringing both SteamWorld Heist and SteamWorld Dig: A Fistful of Dirt to the Switch physically as long as SteamWorld Quest is well-received. In other words, lock in your preorder now and show Super Rare Games you're interested!

SteamWorld Quest gets a Physical Release on the Switch via Super Rare Games

The quest for a physical release

Super Rare Games today have announced their partnership with Image & Form Games and Thunderful Publishing to physically release Steamworld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech for the Nintendo Switch™. Pre-orders for the game open on November the 7th, exclusively at superraregames.com.

Interestingly, the game was signed in a rather unique way to that of a traditional deal. CEO of Image & Form, Brjann Sigurgeirsson met Super Rare Games’ George Perkins over a game of chess.

“We had just released the Mutant Mudds Collection with Jools Watsham and we were on a call catching up. During the call I mentioned that I had been playing a lot of chess recently, to which Jools mentioned that Brjann was the man to beat. From there I added him as a friend on an online chess website and the rest is history.” said George Perkins.

“I jokingly mentioned that if I beat him he would have to sign with us to release SteamWorld Quest physically! I got beat very, very badly but luckily we still managed to sign the deal. I hope we can bring the rest of the amazing SteamWorld series as a physical release in the near future’.

"Physical games are the bomb! It’s one of the reasons why I love (and remain undefeated at) chess. So naturally, I’m excited to work with Super Rare on SteamWorld Quest and beyond. SteamWorld fans have been asking us for months for a physical Quest release and finally, we can lift the veil off this amazing edition of our darling RPG. A ton of passion and creative work went into the game and the Super Rare box celebrates all of that with great ceremony. I hope everyone will enjoy what we’ve cooked up… Dinner is served!" said Brjann Sigurgeirsson CEO of Image & Form

About SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech

In this creative roleplaying card game you’ll lead a party of aspiring heroes through a hand-drawn world and intense battles using only your wits and a handful of cards. Take on whatever threat comes your way by crafting your own deck choosing from over 100 unique punch-cards!

What awaits you is a luscious treasure chest filled with gold, dragons, vivid worlds, magic, knights in shining armor as well as XP, turn-based battles and all that good RPG stuff! The game’s humorous mix of traditional fantasy and steampunk robots makes for an unforgettable experience with lots of laughs.

The Super Rare edition will include a 20 page full colour manual, interior artwork, exclusive sticker, as well as three trading cards randomly selected from the five-card set.

Order your standard copy on the 7th of November at superraregames.com for £29.99.

New patch in the works for SteamWorld Quest

Bug fixes galore

Image & Form has announced that they have a new patch in the works for SteamWorld Quest. They haven't shared release date info yet, but they did break down what the patch includes. Check out the details below.

- Monsters positioned off-screen in battle
- Unintentional monster entries in the Compendium
- NG+ starter decks not using upgraded cards
- Frozen World Map
- and more

SteamWorld Quest getting an update on Aug. 8th, 2019 with new content, plus 20% discount

New content and special savings

Image & Form has announced an update for SteamWorld Quest, which will go live tomorrow. The update will include the following content.

- New Game Plus
- Legend Remix Mode
- Jukebox
- Art Gallery

To go along with that update, the game itself will be 20% off for a limited time, so make sure not to miss out!

Image & Form giving away custom SteamWorld Quest Switch

Will you be the one to win?

Looking for a one-of-a-kind Switch? If you're a SteamWorld Quest fan, we have the ultimate choice for you! You can only grab it by entering a contest and having really good luck, but it's still worth a shot! Follow the instructions above, and best of luck to all who enter.

SteamWorld Quest - Japanese trailer

SteamWorld Quest is the roleplaying card game you’ve been waiting for! Lead a party of aspiring heroes through a beautifully hand-drawn world and intense battles using only your wits and a handful of cards. Take on whatever threat comes your way by crafting your own deck choosing from over 100 unique punch-cards!

SteamWorld Quest heading to Switch in Japan

A quest to Japan

Did you know that SteamWorld Quest still hasn't launched for the Switch in Japan? That's about to change, thanks to Flyhigh Works. The company has revealed that they'll be publishing the title in Japan, and it's due out June 27th, 2019. The title is priced at ¥2,500.

SteamWorld Quest soundtrack now available

Music for an adventure

The widely reQuested SteamWorld Quest Soundtrack is out now on Bandcamp and Steam (as DLC). Compared to what you’ll find in the game, these songs are completely remastered and sound better than ever. It’s a real treat for your ears!

Have a listen to it on Bandcamp and, if you like what you hear, please consider purchasing the album (or individual tracks) in order to support the studio.

The album features 36 beautiful tracks from three multi-talented composers and a bunch of awesome musicians. We’ve never had so many acoustic instruments on a SteamWorld soundtrack before. As a bonus, you’ll find two unreleased variations on the main theme that you might recognize from the SteamWorld Quest trailers. This is the first time they’re available for anyone to listen to without in-game sound effects.

Is it coming to Spotify and iTunes/Apple Music?

Yes! It might just take us a little while longer to figure everything out. We hope to release all previous SteamWorld soundtracks there as well. Stay tuned!

Will there be a physical CD or vinyl record?

Simple answer: We’d love to! We did fabulous vinyl records for Dig 1+2 together with Fangamer and it would be really nice to have a matching record for Quest. Again, stay tuned!

Can I download the amazing album art somewhere?

Yes, up above! It’s a hand-painted homage to some of our favorite game soundtracks (can you guess which?). The artist is none other than Agnes Mikucka, the Quest art director. The cover really captures the personalities of the main cast, don’t you think?

SteamWorld Quest's prototype phase include paper-made prototypes

Tabletop gaming

As we mentioned previously, the idea for SteamWorld Quest came from an internal pitch session among staffers. The next question is, how did the card game mechanics actually get worked out? According to Image & Form's Peter Johansson, the whole process started with three paper prototypes.

After we discussed our options, we decided to sit down and make some paper prototypes to see if we could nail down a workable concept. There were three designers at that time, so each of us went off to a corner alone with some paper and a pair of scissors and made three independent paper prototypes for a card battle game that fit what we wanted for the game.

We played the prototypes for a while -- essentially simulating a boss battle with one person “playing” a computer-controlled enemy -- and evaluated each in terms of what we felt worked and what didn’t. Then, we made a fourth prototype that combined the best ideas from each, and once we felt it was a strong enough foundation to work from we made a computer implementation of it.

We knew from the start we wanted five heroes each of their own color, so that was in the fourth prototype. As mentioned, there were three card types. The rule at the time was that you would draw a hand of cards, then you could play any number of cards so long as they were either all from the same hero or all of the same card type. Each card also had an initiative value that determined whether it was a fast attack or a slow one, to incentivize the player to think about whether to gamble on slow but powerful attacks or try to sneak in quick ones before the enemy could react.

Monsters acted almost exactly like they do in the final game, except for the initiative values on cards. They also didn’t have finisher cards at the time; that only came after we added steam pressure to the game.

Image & Form shares a heartfelt message with fans on the eve of SteamWorld Quest launching

Tomorrow's the day!

SteamWorld Quest hits the Switch tomorrow, and it looks to be another huge success for Image & Form. The team seems like they really know what it takes to make fantastic titles, with SteamWorld Quest continuing that tradition. As a bit of a thank-you leading into SteamWorld Quest's launch, the team at Image & Form shared some kind words with their fans across the world.

All right, so tomorrow will be here in roughly a day or so! Tomorrow, April 25, we release our latest game, SteamWorld Quest, and we can’t wait to let you play it. 10 AM CEST / 2 AM PDT, to be exact.

Every Image & Form game takes a long time to make. We started development of Quest in September 2017, and it’s hard to imagine that a year and a half has already passed. Over 500 tomorrows have come and gone, and now it won’t be just our baby anymore.

When we asked our community, you told us that you wanted an RPG. It’s been a childhood dream of many of us to make one, and here it is – served up with awesome trademark Image & Form gameplay, graphics and music.

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