Steel Diver didn't exactly set the 3DS world on fire back when it first launched alonside the handheld two years ago, but the side-scrolling submarine action title is in fact due to rise from the depths once more. Nintendo producer Shigeru Miyamoto confirmed to IGN that his company will be reviving and redesigning the title in order to explore the big bold waters of free-to-play software.
No additional game details have been revealed, but Miyamoto does promise four-player multiplayer this time around:
"There is something we’re doing with the Steel Diver idea that I think is going to open things up with that game... It’s going to be very fun. We’re exploring from a perspective of where we can take that from a multiplayer standpoint - it's going to have this four-player battle mode that I think is going to be very interesting."
Curiously , Miyamoto notes that the new free-to-play Steel Diver will also be available in packaged form at some point as well. While the Steel Diver reboot is designed to take advantage of free-to-play, Miyamoto believes Nintendo will use this opportunity to explore freemium or subscription business models as well.
Miyamoto expects Nintendo to showcase the new Steel Diver "relatively soon" in an upcoming Nintendo Direct feature.