Treasure-developed XBLA game to arrive with more than 100 stages, editor to make and share levels with friends.
Bangai-O HD: Missile Fury finally has a launch date. D3Publisher of America has confirmed that the Treasure-developed action game is set to arrive on Xbox Live Arcade May 4.
Originally announced last year as a fall 2010 release, Missile Fury is the second title in the series to see a North American release under the D3 banner. Like 2008's DS revival Bangai-O Spirits (the first installment published by D3), Missile Fury mixes arcade shooter action with puzzle-solving gameplay. Also like that title, Missile Fury features more than 100 stages and a level editor tool that lets users create and share with friends.
Bangai-O is known for its near-constant barrage of explosions, but the flow of new games in the series has been sporadic at best. Bangai-O has seen only a handful of installments since its 1999 Japan-exclusive Nintendo 64 debut. That game eventually found its way to North America as a 2001 remake for the Dreamcast. The series then went dormant until the announcement of Bangai-O Spirits.
When it arrives, Missile Fury will sell for 800 Microsoft points ($10). For more on D3Publisher's first go-around with the series, check out GameSpot's review of Bangai-O Spirits.
To the best of my knowledge, Treasure is a tiny company, they cannot afford to cover would-be bandwidth costs Sony demands of them. Microsoft provides little Indie devs and Japanese publishers free bandwidth and dev kits which makes things easier. As a result companies acknowledge this and MS is awareded Japanese support. Logic suggests it's because gamers are providing funds through Xbox LIVE is why enables developer freebies such as extra bandwidth for storing cloud data, XBLA exclusives and the like, while on the other hand if developers create these games for PSN they must take care of it. This costs them big time if they're selling to a niche audience because if said item doesn't sell it's coming out of their wallet.
@HollowNinja: But they are remaking their Saturn games what do you call Radiant Silvergun for XBLA then? (coming soon)
What makes Japan think that releasing a game exclusively for a console that not many Japanese gamers care about in Japan will make it sell a bunch of copies? Release the damn game on both PS3 and 360! What's next, Sega announces Shenmue III but it's Japan only and it's exclusive to the 360 as well, because they believe that the game will sell five millions copies there?
Needs PS3 version, though luckily I have both consoles. Also, where's my Guardian Heroes? Dammit, Treasure, remake your Saturn games for once!
Treasure needs to make a Collector's Set including Bangai-O, Ikaruga, Radiant Silvergun, Gunstar/Guardian Heroes, Mischief Makers and Dynamite Hhhhhhhhhhh--- *orgasms*
Damn! I now I gotta buy this on the same day your killing me here Microsoft! What do you think my wallet is made of swiss cheese?
IT'S JUST FOR XBLA?!?! ASDGHAFDGHAGSDDGAHGSFDFHGFA sure, PSN is down, but IT WON'T BE DOWN FOREVER GIMME GIMME GIMME GIMME. seriously, i still play Spirits on my DS.
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