SteamWorld Dig unearthing onto PS4, PS Vita in 2014

Image & Form Games today unveiled on the official PlayStation Blog–both European and North American–that its zany mining platformer SteamWorld Dig will be burrowing its way to PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita in 2014.

In SteamWorld Dig you’ll assume the role of Rusty, a mining steambot whose digging expertise will find him ferreting the earth below for riches and dangers, assisting an old mining town nestled above.

Brjann Sigurgeirsson, CEO at Image & Form Games, describes SteamWorld Dig as "a mining platform adventure [in which] the objective is mining, the controls are those of a platformer, and it’s a story-driven game with a defined beginning and end. You dig down, find gems and minerals, get back up to the surface, sell the loot to upgrade your equipment, and go back down again. Both soil and enemies get tougher the further down you go, and also other aspects of the environment."

SteamWorld Dig carries a vibrant look that will sit well on a Vita screen. The Swedish game developer is elated to be servicing PlayStation gamers, and the team has been hard at work laboring over this long-awaited port. The game will also be making its HD handheld debut, and you can witness the crisp visuals in motion with the trailer below.

SteamWorld Dig is scheduled to release on PS4 and PS Vita in Europe this spring, though a North American release date has yet to be confirmed. The game will cost $9.99/€8.99 and is Cross-Buy compatible (via Eurogamer).

Will you join Rusty in excavating the old earth of SteamWorld Dig? Let us know in the comments section below, and check out more of the game’s first screenshots.