Konami announces Flight Simulator: Birds of Steel

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I know what you were thinking when you saw the headline, if you’re like me you saw “Balls of Steel”, but that’s another story.

Konami announced a game today for Xbox 360/PS3 that aims to replay Famous WWII Battles with Realistic Air Combat Simulator and MMO Game Play, which sound like an interesting mix, even though I’ve never really liked flight simulators. Besides I thought they were a PC thing, so it’ll be interesting to see how this goes.

The game is developed by Gaijin Entertainment, battles from WWII include Midway, Guadalcanal, Coral Sea, Siege of Malta and the attack on Pearl Harbor, in both single player and multi-player. Shinji Hirano, President of Konami had this to say about their new IP.

“For far too long, first person shooter fans have been tied to the foot soldier point of view, with the rare ability to experience realistic flight simulations or combat situations,” he went on  “Birds of Steel pushes the throttle of realism by giving fans what they’ve been missing; cooperative online game play, life-like VFX and game dynamics, and a campaign that spans that encompasses some of history’s most memorable aerial battles!”

Comparisons can be easily made to Battlefield, but the focus on air simulation seems like a niche’ market that konami are looking to target. Featuring realistic damage, physics and varying cockpit views, they could very well be successful. I can’t honestly think of any other online flight simulator for consoles, but maybe that’s just me and there’s a great one out there.  Check out the trailer below and some highlighted features

•    20 historical and lots of fictional missions, spanning 15 world-famous campaigns (including DLC)
•    Over 100 famous aircraft
•    Dynamic Online Campaign
•    Realistic flight environments, weather conditions, time-of-day changes
•    Enhanced flight controls
•    Monthly dogfight tournaments and arena game play
•    Ability to create, edit and share videos of game play

[pro-player width=’530′ height=’253′ type=’video’]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=joElfrJno8M[/pro-player]

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