E3 2014: Nintendo Announces 3DS Game Code Name: STEAM

New 3DS game launching in 2015; developed by Nintendo and Intelligent Systems.

Tonight during a special event at E3, Nintendo announced Code Name: S.T.E.A.M., a brand-new 3DS game that will launch in 2015. A turn-based strategy game with shooter elements, the game is a co-development between Nintendo and Intelligent Systems (Fire Emblem). Veteran Nintendo role-playing game designer Hitoshi Yamagami is working on Code Name: S.T.E.A.M.

The game was first revealed in April through a trademark filing. S.T.E.A.M. stands for Strike Team Eliminating the Alien Menace.

In Code Name: S.T.E.A.M, you play as a member of S.T.E.A.M., a group formed by President Lincoln (even though the game is set in London) to fight an enemy force from outer space. Its visual style is described as a combination of steampunk and comic books. Overall, Nintendo describes the game as a "world-spanning adventure game."

The characters in Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. run on steam, and only a limited number are available for you to use for attacks. These characters are inspired by American comics, developers said, as well as artists like Jack Kirby and Bruce Timm.

Some of the alien enemies, including a three-eyed beast called the devastator, are inspired by H.P. Lovecraft, developers said. Another enemy is called a prowler, and is described as "very intelligent" and capable of working in groups to bring you down.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and is a big UCONN athletics fan.

Discussion

21 comments
Soundaholic92
Soundaholic92

An XCOM (sort of) game from the makers of Fire Emblem. Excuse me while I go hug my 3DSXL

dani3po
dani3po

It is true that Nintendo lives in a parallel universe. A universe in which you can name a game as the most successful  platform of digital gaming in history without anyone thinks it´s weird...

corrus
corrus

That sounds like XCOM

Foppe
Foppe

Half-Life 3 confirmed for 3DS!

DrKill09
DrKill09

3DS games are coming to Steam?!  AWSOME!  :P

DeadrisingX1
DeadrisingX1

Lincoln fighting off aliens. Absolutely.

wizardjenkins
wizardjenkins

Half Life 3 exclusive to 3DS CONFIRMED

(no I did not bother reading the whole article)

EasyComeEasyGo
EasyComeEasyGo

Hold up, is Nintendo working on HL3! Oh snap, there's going to be Hell to pay.

warriors30
warriors30

"S.T.E.A.M. stands for Strike Team Eliminating The Alien Menace."

I knew it! Gabe Newell will save us all!


xcollector
xcollector

Disappointing that it isn't a Wii U game.

pikachudude860
pikachudude860

President Lincoln? Okaaay...

Anyway, the game sounds promising. And if Intelligent Systems is any indication, it should be a great game.

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

@EasyComeEasyGo You know how it went. Miyamoto walked up to the GabeN and said 'You got nothing do you?' GabeN choked back a hot sob while Miyamoto shook his head and walked away. 

Yomigaeru
Yomigaeru

@bunchanumbers I'm excited to see you starring in a game this holiday, Captain. I'll be sure to pick it up.