Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor goes button-free on Kinect

Well, this is ... unexpected. The "Steel Battalion" franchise, perhaps best remembered for its 1,980-button controller, is coming to a platform that requires none. Microsoft has just announced that From Software will bring Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor to the 360 via Kinect. Well, technically, Microsoft just said the game will have "Kinect Enablement," so we guess there's still a chance you'll be able to play with a standard controller, we can't say for sure.

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Joule2681d ago ShowReplies(4)
Dragun6192681d ago

For franchise that is notorious for having controller/pedal with a tons of buttons to going to a Kinect only title with no buttons at all.

Can't help but feel that the gameplay will be dumb downed.

Nitrowolf22681d ago

that is wat i don't get
so many buttons now no buttons?
unless it isn't a full pledge kinect game

Raikiri2681d ago

Yeah i think it will use both Controller and Kinect it just doesn't seem right to go from 40 buttons to No buttons at all

ZombieAutopsy2681d ago

Like Raikiri said it will use the controller and Kinect.

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TotalPS3Fanboy2681d ago (Edited 2681d ago )

"Using both a controller and Kinect defeats the purpose of Kinect. If that's the case why not just use the regular controller and save yourself 150 bucks?"

That's exactly the kind of logic that Microsoft doesn't want consumers to have.

-Alpha2681d ago (Edited 2681d ago )

Wow, why did Imperator's comment get marked down for trolling??

He is absolutely correct.

I'm going to add to his comment, and I'd love to know what makes it a troll comment:

Adding Kinect+a controller not only defeats the purpose but makes Kinect a burden IMO. If controls are needed then the motion aspect would likely feel like a gimmicky attachment. Now, I'll wait and see what happens, but I don't hold my breath for much.

Moonboots2681d ago (Edited 2681d ago )

Alpha how is it a burden?

For me it's all about immersion and if I can talk to my mech, make gestures to my mech and also control him using sticks that is no burden.

The marketing tag line for Kinect is "You are the Controller" and I don't see how using your body in addition to some buttons is betraying that statement. Especially when the launch line-up and most everything announced is %100 true to that statement. There has to be some room for experimentation.

If Kinect pushes developers to work on thinking outside the norm for immersion bring it on!

The original game had its own controller and I am guessing this one will as well and work along with Kinect.

I'm staying optimistic on this until I see more.

The Maxx2681d ago (Edited 2681d ago )

I can see Kinect being used as the start up when phase. You see the controller panel and you move your hands and press the on screen icons.

Can't wait for this game. My MOST anticipated game this Gen.

Imperator2680d ago

How was I trolling? I was stating a fact! That's ridiculous.

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Natsu X FairyTail2681d ago (Edited 2681d ago )

I dunno its more of a ftl then ftw.

Christopher2681d ago

Actually, I believe they said it would be 'kinect capable' not 'kinect only'.

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Stealth Disagreer2681d ago

lol how do you go from 40 buttons to buttonless.........

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Stealth20k2681d ago

Update: Our contact at TGS says that the game won’t be 100% Kinect (meaning that some sort of controller may still be needed) and that it will be released sometime in 2011.

Hopefully will come with the controller. Also, source:

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Moonboots2681d ago

The original Steel Battalion controller was epic! hah

PS3-2472681d ago

I don't see how this gonna work

sickbird2681d ago

i dont understand why it says 2052 or what ever but besides the mechs it looks like the 40's.

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