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Steamworld Heist II release date announced — and it’s coming to Game Pass!

Follow-up to the much-loved tactical shooter coming this year

Great news for Xbox Game Pass players: you’ve got a brand-new game from the Steamworld series to look forward to playing as part of your subscription. And even better than that, you don’t have that much longer to wait, with Steamworld Heist 2 dropping on Game Pass day one, August 8 2024!

Want to know what to expect? Keep reading for more details, and a look at the reveal trailer…

What do we know about Steamworld Heist 2?

Announced during today’s Nintendo’s Indie World Showcase, the sequel to the critically acclaimed side-scrolling tactical turn-based shooter looks set to take everything that made the original one of the most loved in the entire Steamworld series thus far, and add extras to elevate the gameplay even further. 

Take a look at the trailer for Steamworld Heist II below.

On first glance, it’s clear to see that the ricochet strategy that was central to the first game will, thankfully, remain a core pillar of SH2. You’ll take control of each of your characters ahead of their turns, lining up shots for them and trying to pull off incredible trick shots to defeat enemies. The twist here is that bullets and other projectiles used, once fired, will bounce of walls and other objects until the hit a ‘target’ — and that can include members of your own crew!

This time around, the developers are adding something they wanted in the original, but didn’t have time for: an interactive map. That should allow you to get a better grasp of where you are relative to the game world — something that is notoriously frustrating in side scrollers.

Another major difference to the first game is the setting. The original’s gameplay took place in space, whereas this time around it’s the tropical environs of Carribea that welcomes our robotic crew.

The game is set to launch on August 8, 2024. Looking forward to its release? Why not warm up for its arrival by trying out the first installment of Steamworld Heist in the meantime?

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