Back in 2002, Capcom released Steel Battalion on the original Xbox. It was a combat game in which you controlled a vertical, bipedal tank – or mech if you’re more sensible. It required an insane Two-stick, 40 button controller and has gone on to become a collector’s item, and a bit of a cult classic.
At TGS this year, Capcom and Microsoft announced a new Steel Battalion – and it’ll require a custom controller of a different sort. You guessed it, Kinect. there’s now real word on how it’ll be controlled, but I’m guessing this is the game we’ve been waiting for that uses the standard 360 controller, with a Kinect controlled HUD allowing you to select weapons and the like by pointing at the screen. If so, it may start getting pretty difficult to keep ignoring Kinect.
The game will be co-developed by FROM software, the guys behind Demons Souls, Armored core and Chromehounds so they know a thing or two about mech games.
This is the sort of stuff I want to see more of, Microsoft.
Trailer after the jump.
This is what the press release had to say :
"Manhattan, 2082: In a world where computers and almost all modern technology have been lost, the greatest nations of the world continue to battle for supremacy. The American army lands in New York to begin its first big offensive of a long ground war. Soldiers fire from the trenches as scorched bunkers belch black smoke. As comrades continually fall to the unrelenting crossfire of bullets, the Vertical Tanks make their relentless advance. Experience the battlefield as never before with Kinect for Xbox 360."
Last Updated: September 16, 2010