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You've sunk my Battleship, in first person

Posted by: John at 2/8/2012 11:55 AM
Everyone knows the game Battleship where you shout out letters and numbers in hopes of landing a hit on the other player's gameboard where he's placed battleships of various sizes in various directions. It's a simple game that's been upgraded a few times with electronics and whatnot.

A movie is coming out this Summer with Liam Neeson taking that concept, kinda, to the big screen. Yes, there are battleships but the fleet is going up against what looks like an alien naval force. Odd, yes, but who knows. It might work.

Now, Activision and Double Helix is bringing a game inspired by the movie to the consoles, but with a twist. You see, they're going for both the tactical aspect of the game we know and love and combine it with a first person shooter aspect.

What?

Yeah, they're going to XCOM it and put in first person shooting to a turn based strategy game. Now, they're going to keep some of the core components of the original, but it sounds like you'll be flipping back and forth between the views. The game arrives in Europe in April and North America in May for the PS3 and Xbox 360 so not too far off from now. Unique versions of the game will be coming to the Wii, 3DS, and DS as well.


MINNEAPOLIS, Feb. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Lock, load and prepare for grand oceanic action this spring because Hasbro (Nasdaq: HAS) and Activision Publishing Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI), proudly present the BATTLESHIP™ videogame developed with Double Helix Games. Inspired by the classic naval strategy game, this seek-and-find adventure is taken to spectacular new heights. As a stand-alone story from Universal Pictures' upcoming epic action-adventure of the same name, the BATTLESHIP videogame offers a blend of strategic naval command and first-person action gameplay.

"We're geared up for an outrageous sea and land conflict with the all new BATTLESHIP videogame," said David Oxford, Activision Publishing. "Inspired by the film's exciting action and stunning backdrop, the game is next-gen naval warfare that thrusts players into the middle of humanity's last stand against an unfamiliar menace."

BATTLESHIP follows elite demolitions specialist Cole Mathis as he clashes against an aquatic-based extraterrestrial peril in the sand and sea of the beautiful Hawaiian archipelago. Trapped in a veritable communications dead zone, Mathis must command the U.S. Navy fleet in a "siege on the sea," while simultaneously rallying the troops on land for a terrifying "war on the shore."

"With a BATTLESHIP videogame, we have an amazing opportunity to take our beloved property and give it a modern-day spin," said Mark Blecher, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Digital Media and Marketing at Hasbro. "The merging of tactical and action elements immerses players in an epic maritime conflict. Activision is completely up to the task of delivering a high-intensity thrill ride that's perfectly suited for today's console owners."

Combining naval strategy simulation with first-person shooter gameplay, players fend off the enemy beachside while ordering attacks against their marine counterparts. Seamlessly switching between battlefield and overview "Battle Command" map, the Hasbro game is brought to life as carriers, frigates, cruisers, destroyers, submarines and the legendary USS Missouri Battleship pummel the enemy in a race to strategic points that turn the tide of battle. The BATTLESHIP videogame is a next-gen marvel perfectly suited to turn nostalgic game junkies into battle-hardened admirals.

The BATTLESHIP videogame, developed by Double Helix for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, arrives in Europe this April and North America this May. In addition, there will be uniquely designed versions for the Wii™ system from Nintendo, Nintendo 3DS™, and Nintendo DS™ hand-held system developed by Magic Pockets, with more details to come at a later date. The Nintendo versions are rated E10+ for Everyone 10+ by the ESRB. The PlayStation®3 and Xbox 360® are rated T for Teen by the ESRB. For more information on the game, please visit www.battleshipthevideogame.com. For more information on the upcoming epic action-adventure "Battleship," which arrives in theaters on May 18, visit www.battleshipmovie.com.