Koei delays Xbox 360, PS3 games

[UPDATE] Two titles no longer in the launch window for Sony's European console release, Xbox 360 counterparts also delayed; duo also slips in US release calendar.

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Koei has announced that Fatal Inertia and Bladestorm: The Hundred Years' War have been delayed until summer to "ensure the highest levels of quality possible." The two games were originally slated to be released in Europe in March and in the US in April.

Fatal Inertia is the debut title for the Toronto-based studio Koei Canada, which is led by Takazumi Tomoike, creator of the Dynasty Wars series, and Koei cofounder and chief advisor Yoichi Erikawa. It is a futuristic combat racing game, featuring a new physics engine and a variety of futuristic vehicles to fly. Bladestorm: The Hundred Years' War is set in medieval Europe, with players assuming the role of a mercenary leader commanding troops in real time.

Both titles were first intended to be PlayStation 3 exclusives but were recently announced as coming to Microsoft's Xbox 360 as well. A spokesperson for Koei said, "The development cycles have been extended simply because of all the things the developers want to do with the new hardware."

[UPDATE] GameSpot has learned that the Xbox 360 versions of the game have also been slightly delayed. A Koei rep told GameSpot, "The 360 versions will also be pushed back to summer, as we want to release them all at the same time."

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