It was the subject of a lot of speculation ever since a trademark was filed some time ago and once more when Nintendo revealed that they would be dedicating a whole 90 minute, behind-closed-doors developer round-table for a brand new Nintendo 3DS title. That time has now come and the lid has been lifted on Code Name S.T.E.A.M. (which stands for Strike Team Eliminating the Alien Menace). The steampunk inspired turn-based strategy game incorporates elements from action games as you take command of a strike team that is part of a fighting force created by Abraham Lincoln to defend against an alien invasion in 19th century London.
The development of the game is handled by Intelligent Systems (Fire Emblem, Advance Wars) and is being headed by Hitoshi Yamagami, with Paul Patraschcu serving as creative director and Takako Sakai as art director. The game features a cel-shaded comic book aesthetic inspired by comic book artists such as Jack Kirby (co-creator of Fantastic Four, X-Men etc) and Bruce Timm (co-creator of Batman: The Animated Series) with monster designs inspired by that of the H.P. Lovecraft mythos.
In Code Name S.T.E.A.M, fighters have boilers on their backs and have to use varying amounts of steam to perform attacks. Each of the main characters’ weapons are based on an animal motif that is based on the character’s personality. Unlike games such as Fire Emblem, one of the aims of this game was to help connect the player with the game world by foregoing the usual overhead map and are showing the action up close instead, with the ability to switch to multiple characters’ perspectives to help you grasp the situation at hand. Unlike other RPGs, the focus also isn’t grinding up the levels of particular characters, but by going out and expanding the size of your team. Here are some screenshots of the game:
The game will be prominently featured during Nintendo’s Treehouse live-stream tomorrow and will be released in 2015.