Chromehounds gets golden sheen

Sega preps Xbox 360 owners for mech-on-mech action with production announcement; game due in stores July 11.

On the original Xbox, one of the most popular online titles was the far-future combat game MechAssault. Based on a once-popular pen-and-paper strategy game from FASA, a studio Microsoft eventually bought, the game portrayed a far-future conflict where bipedal armored vehicles duked it out with missiles and energy weapons.

But while FASA's efforts are now focused on Shadowrun, based on another of its pen-and-paper games, Xbox 360 owners will soon be able to engage in some scorching hot mech-on-mech action. Today, Sega announced that its own mech game, Chromehounds, has gone gold. Rated T for Teen, the game will arrive in US stores on July 11 for the now-standard third-party price of $59.99.

While it takes place in a different universe than the MechAssault games, Chromehounds sports a similar brand of towering mechanized combat. The game features a single-player campaign, where players must take one of three sides in a futuristic tripartite war using one of six different types of mechs. The game also sports online play, which will let players engage in a series of standard multiplayer modes including capture the flag, deathmatch, and free battle. The game will also offer "a persistent Neroimus war mode" that will continue the scenario featured in the main game.

For more on Chromehounds, set your sights on GameSpot editor Brad Shoemaker's recent hands-on preview.

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Demandred24
Demandred24

im really excited to see what sony crams down you sony fan boys throat with their online service. You just can't run a service for free and offer any sort of quality. Its up to 3rd party companies, and I can assure you companies like EA and Square(japans EA) are going to milk you guys for all its worth. I like live because cheating is cut way down. I can do a lot with it, and Its cheap long distance to all my family across the nation and world lol. So I don't mind the 49 dollars I payed for xbox gold for a year.

Demandred24
Demandred24

wow now we are seeing what the 360 can do. I am very excited for this. Did you guys watch the in game footage. WOW. Not bad for 400 dollars lol.

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

i still have to lol at $59.99

i-dunno
i-dunno

Just out of interest, are any US online retailers offering this game with discounted Microsoft Points, like Game and Gameplay are doing here in the UK?

Swoop209
Swoop209

I can't wait!!! Bring on the Giant Robot Carnage!!

FruitCakesRUS
FruitCakesRUS

K1LLSWITCH Chemosh013 "So in reality, they could still be paying off the game, through Xbox Live, years after the purchase of the game. Let's face it, your only paying for downloadable content that is equivalent to air, right?" "I don't even know what you're saying... you pay for the game... that's a one time fee.. then you pay for the xbox live SERVICE... they're separate. Services like xbox live are expensive to run, especially with a highly centralized approach like microsofts. I think it's well worth the fifty or so bucks a year you have to spend to get all that online play and features. Sure a lot of online pc gaming is free but it's not like i can jump on my blizzard game and then see that my buddy who has an ubi game is playing that, and jump over there." It's not a one time payment for the game now is it? ok honestly you're trying to get flamed by making a stupid argument about nothing. honestly you're probably just hoping to god that third party developers don't charge you to play their GAME over on the ps3. but wait...like most ignorant sony fanboys you probably didn't remember that Sony's online is like an open network...developers can come in with their servers and charge however much they want for you to play their GAME (not plural buddy). but with XBL you pay a small fee of 50 dollars a year witch is less than six dollars a month to play any game you choose. you're trying to make an argument that by just buying a single game named Chromehounds that since you're paying for XBL your basically paying for the game again. that's possibly the most stupid thing ive heard. most people will play alot more than chromedhounds on xbl. last thing...i highly doubt you went on to forums about WoW and complained about its $15 dollar a month price...so lets compare just for the sake of your retarded argument....less than $6 a month for XBL where you can play ANY game you choose and you get to download demos and trailers and XBLA games and much more....or WoW for $15 a month where you get to play ONE game....think about it noob...

dan-k-ronic
dan-k-ronic

someone is a lil too into conspiracy theories exersise is important you wanna wind up like one of those guys thats 1000lbs

ssj4_2004
ssj4_2004

Sydwynder, contrary to what the goverment wants You to believe, Exercise is not Important.

Sydwynder
Sydwynder

Wow, a fairly significant release in July? BRAVO Sega!!!!!! Finally someone has realized that it still rains in the summer and not every single person is outside all the time. But exercise is still important fatties.............

Yuck_Too
Yuck_Too

You get what you pay for in life. Yep a Gold Live account costs you $60 a year

samekila
samekila

cant wait mech's and SEGA love it without playing it yet looks to be a fun game I hope SEGA schools it

miiiguel
miiiguel

The "fee" issue: Live does have a monthly fee, although, IMO, it's quite unexpensive, considering its amazing quality. A wrong observation is that games are not payed full, as one has to pay for the service - one can play (and enjoy) just the single-player campaigns. The money fee is for MS (to pay for engineers, servers, etc - it is quite costly to run a 24/7 datacenter). A correct observation, IMO, is that Live is not only for the ones who like to play with other people. I, for instance, am not much into multyplayer, but I do get a "kick" out of my Live account, for many reasons: Leaderborads, Achievements, trailers, demos, Arcade, messaging, tips and tricks, etc.

Chemosh013
Chemosh013

i'm hoping it's as much fun as mech assault was!

richmini9_basic
richmini9_basic

I've pre-ordered my copy. I'm not really a mech fan, but the online play looks pretty deep. Should be lots of fun.

Dr_Corndog
Dr_Corndog

It looks good. Makes me want a 360 more than anything else I've seen so far.

LosDaddie
LosDaddie

Anyone claiming that Xbox Live has a monthly fee should not be taken seriously.

Chromeo_basic
Chromeo_basic

I'm pretty surprised that people are more excited over some other games than Chromehounds. Yes, it's a mech game, but the sheer number of different possible mechs that you can build is HUGE. Just look at some of the screenshots. Bodies, arms, legs...and whatever other bibs and bobs you use to build one of these things.

soulknight63133
soulknight63133

I agree RossBurns101, Live Services is still the same price wether you buy a standalone game or not. I know some people who have it with no game purchase. They enjoy it for the arcade experience alone. K1LLSWITCH is obviously not a MS fan so why argue with him.

smbius
smbius

WHERE THE HELL IS MECHWARRIOR! I WANT MECHWARRIOR!!!! PC/Console. I don't care.

Inv_Machine
Inv_Machine

Dog blasted rhino-saurus rex to heck! I wish they'd make some more and better mech games on the PS2 and PC. (not mecha games, mech games... big difference, Gundam fans) Sega, if you even have to, port Chromehounds to the PC or PS2/PS3. Man, where's the BattleTech love here?

ssj4_2004
ssj4_2004

eljono "This game is amazing, enough said. " How the He11 do you know?? I cant stand when people talk about how good a game is before they play it. noob --- Well, He can 'tell' because You don't really have to play games now-a-days. Don't You see? gameplay is useless. Everyone cares about graphics, graphics is the new gameplay. When did this happen You ask? november 15th 2001 in North america. Go on look up what happend november 15th. I dare You

RossBurns101
RossBurns101

K1LLSWITCH, I dare you to make less sense. It's quite clear that the game is a one time fee and Xbox Live service is a continuing payment, and those costs are in no way related.

player_leo
player_leo

I'll buy it if it's by From Software.. I love their Armored Core Series..

maulberto3
maulberto3

IF IT WASNT FOR THE DAMN NOW-STANDARD 60 PRICE.......... NEVER THE LESS ITLL ROCK JUST WAT TOO MUCH!!!!

simpsons_tv
simpsons_tv

I hope it turns out to be a good mech game.

K1LLSWITCH
K1LLSWITCH

Chemosh013 "So in reality, they could still be paying off the game, through Xbox Live, years after the purchase of the game. Let's face it, your only paying for downloadable content that is equivalent to air, right?" "I don't even know what you're saying... you pay for the game... that's a one time fee.. then you pay for the xbox live SERVICE... they're separate. Services like xbox live are expensive to run, especially with a highly centralized approach like microsofts. I think it's well worth the fifty or so bucks a year you have to spend to get all that online play and features. Sure a lot of online pc gaming is free but it's not like i can jump on my blizzard game and then see that my buddy who has an ubi game is playing that, and jump over there." It's not a one time payment for the game now is it?

CHAOT1C
CHAOT1C

Can't wait for this game!

hyliansavior
hyliansavior

Same day as the new All That Remains cd. I've got some money to spend that day. :D

StevenV1217
StevenV1217

I hope once the PS3 and Wii come out that "now-standard third-party price of $59.99 " will drop. I am not going to have enough money to buy stuff off Marketplace if the prices stay like this. *hugs wallet tightly*

pedjan
pedjan

I wait for this:)

rbarahona
rbarahona

Let's see if this game can appeal to gamers and offer some new things to the genre; that way I think it could be more profitable to Sega and help sell more 360 units.

Chemosh013
Chemosh013

"So in reality, they could still be paying off the game, through Xbox Live, years after the purchase of the game. Let's face it, your only paying for downloadable content that is equivalent to air, right?" I don't even know what you're saying... you pay for the game... that's a one time fee.. then you pay for the xbox live SERVICE... they're separate. Services like xbox live are expensive to run, especially with a highly centralized approach like microsofts. I think it's well worth the fifty or so bucks a year you have to spend to get all that online play and features. Sure a lot of online pc gaming is free but it's not like i can jump on my blizzard game and then see that my buddy who has an ubi game is playing that, and jump over there.

Arkham
Arkham

"Armored Core 360". Since From is also doing their first Armored Core on a non-Playstation, I wonder why they're bothering with this new IP. Wouldn't it make more sense to stick to one per platform? CH is nearly identical to the AC.

K1LLSWITCH
K1LLSWITCH

"Chromehounds, has gone gold. Rated T for Teen, the game will arrive in US stories on July 11 for the now-standard third-party price of $59.99." Third-party price? First party games were $60. So the player spends $60 for the game, ok standard. But if the player wants to play online, they still need to put up with Xbox Live online monthly fee's. So in reality, they could still be paying off the game, through Xbox Live, years after the purchase of the game. Let's face it, your only paying for downloadable content that is equivalent to air, right? "The greatest trick the devil did was to convince people that he doesn't exist" A quote from a great movie, The Usual Suspects. It apply's to Microsoft. The greatest trick that Bill Gates did was to convince people that they're getting more for they're money, in which they're not. They're actually spending more.

HarlockJC
HarlockJC moderator

-yawn- A Mech Game again

Webhydra
Webhydra

Finaly a deep Xbox live Expiriance! MOVE OVER GRAW

smiley17O
smiley17O

i bought mech assult 2 and 1 while i didnt like mechassult 2 too much they where good games. i might pick this up after price drops unless they release a demo and its great

Agreb91
Agreb91

This game looks awesome.

Maui00
Maui00

Im looking foward for this game

Almorac
Almorac

I can't wait to make a mech and destroy you all, er... What I meant to say was, win matches. This does look like a good game though I plan to buy.

decebal
decebal

I doubt this game will be good. But I so wish I'm wrong. My XBOX so need A game.

REVENGEotSITH
REVENGEotSITH

I want to see what the environments look like and how the gameplay holds up before I race out to buy this. Looks promising, but I'll wait for the reviews or rent it first.

anthony_basic
anthony_basic

any game released between spring thru summer are more likely to flop