Nintendo pulled the wraps off its secret 3DS project behind closed doors at its E3 developer discussion, called Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. It's a third-person strategy RPG developed by Intelligent Systems (Fire Emblem) featuring a dash of shooting action. Initial reactions compared the title to Valkyria Chronicles on PlayStation platforms, and while Code Name: S.T.E.A.M.'s lead developer is a fan of Sega's celebrated series, there's less emphasis on shooting.
Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. begins in a steampunk-inspired London, England, after H.P. Lovecraft-inspired aliens have attacked our fair planet. You command a special task force assembled by 16th U.S. president Abraham Lincoln to combat this otherworldly menace in turn-based strategy, where the actions you perform each term depend on the amount of steam of you have.
The art direction is said to be inspired by the Silver Age of American comics, with the legendary artist Jack Kirby said to be a major influence. Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. is currently due for a 2015 release, and will include online multiplayer. Intelligent Systems also noted that development on the anticipated Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem crossover title hasn't been affected as a result of Code Name: S.T.E.A.M.