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To celebrate today’s release of Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor in North America, Capcom has blessed us with a new launch trailer, which shows just what it’s like to step inside of one the game’s vehicles. Some might call these vehicles mechs, while others might call them walking tanks. For now, let’s just call them the ridiculously powerful and destructive vehicles of Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor. Anyway, the trailer (which can be viewed above) demonstrates the game’s combination of traditional Xbox 360 controller gameplay and Kinect motion controls. Heavy Armor is one of the first games to blend the two control methods.
The Steel Battalion franchise made its debut on the original Xbox, launching with a massive and extremely expensive controller with all sorts of buttons, and levers to help make the player feel like they were really controlling a mech. Unfortunately for Capcom, the price of the controller made the game unaffordable for many players. By combining the Xbox 360 controller with the miracle of Microsoft’s own Kinect technology, Capcom and From Software have created Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor, with the same core idea; Make players feel like they are truly inside of, and in control of a mech, fighting a futuristic war. A demo for the game is currently available on the Xbox Live Marketplace for those looking to give From Software’s latest a spin before digging into the full three course meal, which is on shelves now.