Pub­lisher Nin­tendo De­vel­oper In­tel­li­gent Sys­tems For­mat 3DS Re­lease 2015


There are few ways of en­dear­ing yourself to an ex­hausted press pack that has just found out that they’re not see­ing the ru­moured new 3DS Metroid, but pro­ducer Hi­toshi Ya­m­agami just about did by apol­o­gis­ing for not be­ing Shigeru Miyamoto. When the laugh­ter sub­sided, he re­vealed Code Name: STEAM, a blend of Valkyria Chron­i­cles and XCOM:

En­emy Un­known. Part turn-based strat­egy, part third­per­son shooter, Code Name: STEAM puts you in con­trol of a four-man squad drawn from a tac­ti­cal force set up by Abra­ham Lin­coln to counter an alien in­va­sion in a cy­ber­punk Vic­to­rian Lon­don. STEAM stands for Strike Team Elim­i­nat­ing the Alien Men­ace; cre­ative di­rec­tor Paul Pa­trashcu took a leaf out of Ya­m­agami’s book and apol­o­gised. “The sound you’re hear­ing,” he said, “is the English lan­guage buck­ling un­der the weight of that pun.”

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