A World War II combat game from Konami and Gaijin Entertainment is coming to Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, so not only has a bunch of info become available, so have some screens and a trailer.
If you’re into WWII games which see you dogfighting in a variety of planes, this will be ideal as it’s a combat simulator that takes place in the battle of Midway, Guadalcanal, Coral Sea, the historic attack on Pearl Harbour, the Mediterranean Maltese island, Germany’s Ruhr Valley, as well as a whole bunch of ficticious missions.
The game features a breath-taking level of detail, with the weather effects of each war zone brilliantly brought to life, while the handling and battle-scarred planes are susceptible to damage and will suffer in terms of control accordingly. Similarly, a series of camera views allow users to witness their skills from a series of external views, or within the varied cockpits of the 100 planes. The missions are presented in a pre-conflict briefing, and players can also see how their contributions related to the overall path of the scenario, with new planes available on the completion of specific goals. Birds of Steel also offers the user a number of control systems, ranging from simplistic arcade-style movements, to entirely faithful control systems that offer total control over every aspect of flight.
Not only can you play them on your own in single player, there’s the option to play campaigns in multiplayer by taking to the skies in aircraft such as the classic Spitfire, P-51D Mustangs, and Messerschmidt 109 or any of the 100 available from axis and allied forces rosters.
“For far too long, first-person shooter fans have been tied to the foot soldier point of view, but we aim to bring the seat-of-their-pants skill and daring of dogfighting and aerial combat to a wider audience,”
said Martin Schneider, General Manager, Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH.
“Birds of Steel pushes the throttle of realism by giving fans what they’ve been missing when it comes to co-operative online gameplay, incredibly realistic visuals and game dynamics, while spanning the entirety of the war’s air campaigns.”
Play with a friend in co-op or take it online to battle in dogfights with people around the world featuring modes like team death matches, co-op strike missions, airfield raids and tournament play. You’ll have to wait until early 2012 to play though, so enjoy the screens and this trailer for now.