Thunderful Games has four separate SteamWorld games in development with three expected to launch next year.
The company revealed during its latest financial results that SteamWorld Headhunter – a third person action adventure that was revealed in November – is just one of four different genres the SteamWorld franchise is exploring. It is expected to launch in 2023, along with two others.
Those two, codenamed 'Strawberry' and 'Coffee', will be followed in 2024 by 'Caramel'. Are all listed as "SteamWorld IP" games, with Strawberry and Coffee actually listed before Headhunter in Thunderful's development timeline.
Strawberry is a puzzle game being developed for mobile, Coffee is a city-building game for PC and console, and Caramel is a turn-based tactical shooter and strategy game in development for PC, console, and mobile.
Mixing and matching gameplay styles isn't unusual for the SteamWorld franchise which has released games in the deck-building, platformer, and Metroidvania genres since the original Tower Defense game was released in 2010.
The number of games in development is a little surprising though, as Thunderful plans to release as many SteamWorld games in next two years as it has in the last nine.
While Headhunter was only official announced in November, the game's official Twitter account revealed in May last year that several SteamWorld were in development, though we now know a bit more about how many, what they are, and when they'll be released.
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