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Microsoft To Publish 'Steel Battalion' In Europe

by Thomas on Dec. 18, 2002 @ 12:38 p.m. PST

Microsoft Corp. today announced that it has entered a publisher partner deal with renowned Japanese game developer Capcom which will see Microsoft publish the widely anticipated title 'Steel Battalion' in Europe. Steel Battalion will be exclusively available on Xbox, the future-generation video game console that delivers new and unforeseen gameplay experiences.

Steel Battalion, a mech-war simulation game, offers a level of realistic and gritty gameplay unlike any other game. A fully immersive futuristic military warfare game, players take a virtual seat inside the cockpit of a mechanised VT (Vertical Tank) to complete missions. Steel Battalion can only be played with a unique controller equipped with 40 buttons and switches, two joysticks, a gear stick and three floor pedals which has already seen it awarded a prestigious "Best of What's New" award from US magazine Popular Science.

"Microsoft Game Studios is pleased to be publishing this title in Europe," said Sandy Duncan, VP Xbox, EMEA. "It is an extraordinary game which really demonstrates the scope of what can be achieved using Xbox hardware. Capcom is one of the most respected publishers and developers in the industry and we are pleased to be working with them so closely on this title. We believe Steel Battalion will push the boundaries of gameplay to an even more realistic level."

"We are very pleased to be working so closely with Microsoft to publish Steel Battalion in Europe," said Shigeru Ota, President of Capcom Eurosoft. "Our partnership demonstrates Microsoft's continued commitment to Steel Battalion, to Capcom and to the gaming community, by supporting such an innovative title. Their support ensures that European gamers can buy Steel Battalion at the earliest opportunity and we believe that Steel Battalion will be a totally new experience for gamers worldwide."

Founded in 1979 in Japan, Capcom is responsible for some of the most successful games and franchises in gaming history, including Street Fighter, Resident Evil and Devil May Cry.

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