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Microsoft set to publish AQUA

by: Jeremy -
More On: Xbox Live Arcade AQUA
Microsoft Games has stepped to the plate to take on the publishing rights of another Live Arcade title. AQUA, developed by Games Distillery, will be published on the Xbox 360 downloadable service this summer. The naval-war themed shooter will contain both single player and multiplayer modes as well as what is being described as unique and “beautiful hand-drawn comic sequences.” I can always go for another shooter on my system and this one looks like it can definitely offer a fix for that need. The first shots of the game look pretty good...

You can check out the first screenshots and official “box” art for AQUA below as well as the official press release / announcement after the jump.

Games Distillery runs full steam ahead

New title “AQUA” will be released by Microsoft Game Studios for Xbox LIVE® Arcade

Frankfurt, Germany, April 7th 2010 – Today, the Slovak development studio Games Distillery officially announces that their upcoming naval shooter “AQUA” will be released in summer 2010 by Microsoft Game Studios on Xbox LIVE® Arcade for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system. “AQUA” is a stylish arcade-action shooter with numerous tactical elements, driven by an entertaining story with beautiful hand-drawn comic sequences. The thrilling campaign mode and various exciting multiplayer modes are on the top level of audio-visual presentation for the target platform. The game itself is presented in a fictional Imperial Victorian setting.

In “AQUA” the player will take control of an elite cruiser and steer into the middle of a raging naval war where masses of enemies and allies engage in real-time operations. Being attacked from above and below the water surface the player has to destroy masses of enemies’ troops to be victorious. By unlocking new ship-types, weapons and upgrades, the player will have the opportunity to enhance his ship and gear up for the next fight. Choosing from various tactics and forming special supporting squadrons, the player will also have the option to command offensive and defensive troops in order to overcome large enemy formations and defensive installations.

“We are proud that AQUA will be released by Microsoft Game Studios for Xbox LIVE® Arcade, as this underlines our philosophy to deliver products of excellent quality and with a distinguishing mark within their segment. With AQUA, we want to take the genre of dual-stick arcade shooters an evolutionary step forward and deliver a story driven gaming experience on the vanguard of audiovisual quality compared to available arcade titles”, Juergen Reusswig, CEO and Development Director at Games Distillery comments.

AQUA is funded and co-produced by fiftyeight Productions.