Steampunk Games: Spring 2020
Our quarterly games roundup, including new releases, forthcoming releases, and updates
Monday, June 1, 2020
Game news compiled from Steampunk Digest. In this edition: Sakura Wars; Jules Verne and the Shape of Fantasy; Caffeine: Victoria’s Legacy; Iron Danger; Bohemian Killing on Nintendo Switch; Final Fantasy VII Remake; Volcanoids co-op mode; Steampunk Rally Fusion; Close to the Sun.
Sega is planning an April 28 North American and European release for Sakura Wars, a reboot of a popular steampunk-themed video game first released in 1996. It’s set in an alternate-world 1940s Tokyo in which a squad of young theatrical performers pilot steam-powered mechas to defend the city against demons. It will be available for PlayStation 4.
The game was released in Japan in December. Sega is also planning an April 2020 premiere for an anime TV production based on the game, the Anime News Network reports.
See the Sega website for more info.
Gametopia announced a spring release for Jules Verne and the Shape of Fantasy, a 2D narrative adventure game. In the story, the author is trapped in an alternate world inspired by 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and Journey to the Center of the Earth. Traveling in the Nautilus, Verne seeks to “return imagination and creativity to a world invaded by gray industrialization,” the developer says.
The game will be available for Windows PCs. See the website for more info.
It’s a follow-up to Gametopia’s Allan Poe’s Nightmare, based on the works of Edgar Allan Poe. However, that game runs on mobile devices.
Kikai Digital Games of Sydney, Australia, plans a March 20 launch for Caffeine: Victoria’s Legacy, a “cinematic visual novel” set in a steampunk anime world. Taka, the protagonist, goes on a journey to find his lost parents. After falling from a plane, he finds himself in an alternate reality “where baristas are knights and coffee is king.” To continue his quest, “he needs to learn about the power of caffeine. And in order to learn about the powers of caffeine, he needs to learn how to…… brew coffee.”
Daedalic Entertainment has released Iron Danger, a tactical combat video game developed by Action Squad Studios. It’s set in a war-torn world they describe as a “fusion of Nordic mythology, steampunk, and tech noir.” One notable feature is the ability to rewind game action up to five seconds, allowing players to adjust their tactics. It’s available for Windows PCs via the Steam platform.
Ultimate Games S.A. has released a Nintendo Switch version of Bohemian Killing, a steampunk-themed courtroom drama game set in 19th century Paris. You play the role of an accused murderer who must prove his innocence. It was originally released on the Steam platform in 2016 for Macs and PCs. The new release is available on the Nintendo store.
Square Enix released Final Fantasy VII Remake, a “reimagining” of Final Fantasy VII with improved graphics and a new combat system. The original, released in 1997, is considered one of the greatest video games of all time. The setting is Midgar, a sprawling walled metropolis with steampunk design elements. The story involves Cloud Strife, a mercenary who joins an eco-terrorist group battling the power company that rules the city. The game is available for PlayStation 4 consoles.
The developer of the steampunk survival game Volcanoids announced a Co-op mode that allows multiple players to operate as teams. The developer says it’s the most-requested feature among early beta users.
The game is set on an island ravaged by mechanical creatures. Players aim to capture and upgrade “drillships,” armored vehicles that also function as automated factories. The game has been in Early Access on Steam since January 2019. See the Steam page and developer’s website for more info.
Roxley Games of Calgary, Alberta ran a successful Kickstarter campaign for Steampunk Rally Fusion, a tabletop game set in the aftermath of a Martian invasion. Players take the role of historical inventors who build and pilot steampunk racing machines. One is Auguste Piccard, who has invented a time-traveling bathyscaphe. The game serves as a standalone sequel to the company’s Steampunk Rally.
The publisher raised CA$798,688 and planned to ship the game in August. See the website for more info.
Close to the Sun, the horror adventure video game inspired by Nikola Tesla, is now available on the Steam and GOG gaming platforms. The PC version was originally released in May 2019 exclusively on the Epic Games Store. It was followed later by versions for PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch consoles.
The game is set in 1897 aboard a ship that’s home to wild inventions by Nikola Tesla. Players take the role of Rose, a young journalist who boards the ship in search of her sister. Developed by Storm in a Teacup and published by Wired Productions, it received mixed reviews from critics.
Close to the Sun went live on the new platforms on May 5. See the developer’s website for more info.