UPDATE: Image & Form Games have since clarified that SteamWorld Dig: A Fistful of Dirt is releasing for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita this March, for $10. It will indeed be a cross-buy game, awarding you both versions with a single purchase of either.
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Arguably one of 2013’s most celebrated and well-received indie games was SteamWorld Dig: A Fistful of Dirt. Originally releasing for Steam and the 3DS eShop, the game took numerous awards for its clever blend of Minecraft-esque digging with open-ended action-adventure play inspired by Metroid.
Now, even more players will get the chance to experience this indie gem, as the game’s Swedish developer, Image & Form Games, has just announced that SteamWorld Dig: A Fistful of Dirt will be ported to PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita later this year!
Apparently, the developer had wanted to release the game for PlayStation Vita to begin with, but felt that it would be too long and arduous a project, since SteamWorld Dig: A Fistful of Dirt was primarily designed for the 3DS. Their solution was to make a PC port with single-screen gameplay and HD graphics to see how that caught on, and it naturally went very well, inspiring Image & Form Games to see through their plans for a Vita port.
It would also appear that the extremely indie-friendly architecture of the PlayStation 4 was too inviting to pass up for the studio. Might this be an indication that the game could be cross-buy, or at least cross-play between Sony’s console and handheld? Time will tell.
In the game, players control a mining robot named Rusty, who digs for a destitute mining town, finding gems and treasures to sell in order to upgrade his equipment and explore further. You can download the game right now for $9.99, for PC, Mac and 3DS.
While no release window has been given for the PlayStation ports of SteamWorld Dig: A Fistful of Dirt at this point, it’s exciting that the PlayStation pantheon is welcoming yet another excellent indie game into its ranks!
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