Let’s face it, odds are you’ve already heard the news that SteamWorld Dig 2 is coming to the Nintendo Switch next week and too right you have, as it is epic news!
What you might not know is the official reason given as to why it is making the leap, so having received the press email that shares the news, here is what Brjann Sigurgeirsson, CEO of Image & Form Games had to say about the port:
“In the last six months, we here at Image & Form have been busier than ever. SteamWorld Dig 2 launched on multiple platforms to great fanfare. Just recently we brought both the original Dig and the ultimate edition of SteamWorld Heist to Nintendo Switch. But we’ve kept quiet on purpose about one platform… because it’s very special to us. It’s the hardware that put us on the map with the original game, and now that we’ve come full circle, we couldn’t be more proud.
I’m thrilled to announce that SteamWorld Dig 2 launches on the Nintendo 3DS family of systems next week on February 22! The release will be exclusive to Nintendo eShop and go for $19.99 / €19.99. It’s the ultra-portable version of our biggest adventure, optimized to run at 60 fps even with stereoscopic 3D turned on! It runs like a charm even on the earliest iterations of the hardware, and many of us still enjoy this machine to the max.
We expect great things from the 3DS in 2018, and we firmly believe Nintendo will keep supporting the system for a good while yet. I and the team hope you will enjoy SWD2 when it surfaces next week!”
Now, I don’t know about you, but that whole bit about SteamWorld Dig 2 running at 60 fps is downright awesome, and so is Image & Form having faith that the 3DS will continue to be supported by Nintendo this year as well. It is not a confirmation Nintendo will go all out with it, as only Nintendo know, but with Detective Pikachu out next month and SteamWorld Dig 2 out next week, this could be the call to arms that some developers need, to cause them to still bring their games to the 3DS and Switch, instead of them being Switch only as far as Nintendo is concerned. So, without a doubt, 2018 has just got more interesting because it looks like the gauntlet has been thrown.
Source: Image & Form Games PR