Capcom has been quick to toss around phrases such as "one of the best digital games you will ever play" and "more awesome than pure liquid awesome" in reference to GRIN's remake of the classic NES side-scrolling platformer Bionic Commando Rearmed. However, since the downloadable game was delayed from its anticipated May launch, the publisher has been cagey on when gamers will get a chance to evaluate those claims.
That changed today, however, as Capcom has announced that Bionic Commando Rearmed will be available on Xbox Live beginning August 13, with the PlayStation Network edition following a day later. Depending on gamers' platform of choice, it will retail for $10 or the Microsoft-equivalent 800 points. Capcom made no mention of the PC edition of the game, and had not responded to requests for comment as of press time.
More than just a port of the 8-bit original first released in 1988, Bionic Commando Rearmed offers revamped graphics, additional weapons, new music, a two-player cooperative mode, and online rankings. Despite the alterations, Capcom hopes to maintain the game's signature charm, opting to swallow an M-for-Mature rating over cutting such "historically accurate" scenes as Master D's exploding head.
In addition to the Rearmed redux, Sweden-based GRIN has also been tasked with the fully remastered Bionic Commando, due out for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. For more on that game, check out GameSpot's recent coverage.