Announced today during a 3DS developer event at E3, it looks like Nintendo is releasing a brand new game on the 3DS. It's called Code Name: STEAM and it launches in 2015. It sounds kind of bonkers.

The game partially takes place in London, and it features airships. Think Steampunk (Jason, who is attending the event, says the game reminds him a little of Valkyria Chronicles.)


The game's visual elements take inspiration from American comic books. To that end, the game seems cel-shaded. Some of the characters are also inspired by silver age American comic books:

Hitoshi Yamagami, who is known for working on games like Fire Emblem, Pokemon, Xenoblade, is involved in the project—as is Intelligent Systems (they're behind Advance Wars). The game has turn-based strategy elements "with a lot of unique elements taken from action games," Yamagami says. Despite that, the game does have action points. You fight aliens that are inspired by H.P. Lovecraft.


The "Steam" in the title refers to a group set up by Abraham Lincoln. Seriously. The game also sounds like it wants to have a wide appeal, despite being a strategy game: