Battlestations: Midway fans will be able to download an "Iowa Mission Pack" when they next pop onto Xbox Live, providing they're willing to fork over 400 Microsoft points (GBP 3.40 / EUR 4.65) for the privilege of serving. Sorry, of being served it.
Just when it looked like World War II games had been done to death, Eidos goes and releases one of the most ambitious and accessible ever made and scores a chart-topping hit in the process. Whodathunkit?
Developed at Eidos' new in-house studio in Hungary (of all places) over, ooh, many years, it's the latest in a looong line of videogames to tackle the infamous Pacific Theatre portion of the second world war. Kicking off at the attack on Pearl Harbour in 1941, you follow the events of naval recruit Henry Walker on his rise through the ranks, culminating with the epic battle for Midway. Via planes, boats and even submarines, it's a game very keen to try a different approach - and very nearly pulls it off.
Cross pollinating the chin-stroking world of strategy gaming with white knuckle action always sounded like the improbable dream of an overexcited marketing team. "You can play it like an action game, or direct the battle like an RTS," they'd tell us. We'd nod politely at the bold claims and enthusiastic demonstrations, but could never see how it could work properly without seriously alienating both audiences at the same time.
The war in the Pacific just got a little larger, as Eidos has announced downloadable content will be available for Battlestations: Midway on Xbox Live tomorrow.
PC owners spoiling for a fight can now check out a multiplayer demo of Eidos' upcoming Battlestations: Midway.
Get those periscopes up, them funny beeping noises on, and air-pump that water from the sink-chambers: we're surfacing this Battlestations Midway demo.
Eidos' Battlestations: Midway will be released on 9th February for Xbox 360 and PC, the publisher said this afternoon. Or possibly this morning - sometimes email gets caught up and that.
There is a long tradition of showing off new videogames by hiring a glamorous and/or swanky location, dishing out a few trays of canapés and sticking a few demo units in to show off an early version of the game. Presumably when PR and marketing departments do this it's because they hope that the grotty game journalists they invite will write something nice about the game that they're showing off. But actually you book a location like HMS Belfast at your own risk, because, as a grotty game journalist it's very difficult to avoid getting drawn into writing about how brilliant the location is, instead of writing about the game in question.
Eidos has announced that PC and Xbox 360 title Battlestations: Midway, which was originally due out this autumn, is now down for a 2007 release.
Eidos' World War II title Battlestations: Midway will debut on Xbox 360 and PC this autumn, the publisher's announced, while current-gen console title Urban Chaos: Riot Response has been given a solid release date of May 19th on PS2 and Xbox.