Radiant Silver Gun and Steel Battalion announced for 360, Japanophiles in shock

Microsoft normally has a lot to prove to Japan’s gamers, as traditionally that audience isn’t all that interested in FPSs and other popular Western genres. This year the Seattle-based company announced an insane mix of super-hardcore, Japanese games during its press conference at the Tokyo Game Show, perhaps winning over some doubtful players. The biggest surprise announcements of all involved two of the most hardcore games of all time, Steel Battalion and Radiant Silver Gun.

Above: Radiant Silver Gun on XBLA 

In case you’ve never heard of it, Radiant Silver Gun (alternately spelled Radiant Silvergun) was a Japan-only game for the Saturn and arcades by developer Treasure. Like most Treasure games it gained a loyal cult following, but Radiant Silver Gun was special in that it was regarded as one of the best shoot-em-ups of its time, thanks in no small part to its advanced RPG-inspired leveling system and clever stage design. Unfortunately, it came out when Sega had basically killed the Saturn in America, so the game has only been available to collectors with too much money on their hands.

Above: Some recent eBay auctions for RSG 

But no more! Despite Treasure developers saying many times in past interviews that RSG would never, ever be remade, apparently Microsoft recently talked the company into it. Now the game is being completely redone for HD, and even inheriting some of the features from Ikaruga, RSG’s spiritual sequel. Planned for release next year, all you guys out there who have the original might want to sell it before it loses all its aftermarket value.

Above: Steel Battalion 

Later in the same conference Capcom introduced a new game for Kinect, but this was no Wii Sports knock-off. Capcom, with developer From Software (of Demon’s Souls and Armored Core fame), were making a new entry in Steel Battalion, one of the most niche titles ever made for the first Xbox. The game itself was a pretty hardcore mech game, but the real insanity came from the$200, 40-button controller.

Above: Here’s the original in action

Unlike RGS, Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor is a new game in the series, the third total (seriously, there was a second Steel Battalion for Xbox). And instead of a $200 controller, now it will use a $150 non-controller, as one of the most intricately controlled games ever is coming to the hands-free Kinect. Sadly, other than the new trailer, there was little info on just how this whole thing will come actually play, but we are anxious to see in 2011.

Above: The Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor trailer

We’re not sure how many new 360 buyers this earned Microsoft in Japan, but we’re certainly impressed at MS for bringing in such niche titles. We’ve always wanted to give the pricey Radiant Silver Gun a try, and Steel Battalion, along with Codename D, gives us new hope for Kinect. Well, new hope next year anyway.

Sep 16, 2010


  • Ded - September 17, 2010 7:37 p.m.

    Many moons ago I had the difficult choice of getting Vampire Saviour or Radiant Silvergun on a modded Saturn, but could only afford one.. Being a huge Darkstalkers fan, I went for Vampire Saviour, and never looked back. But finally I'll be able to play Radiant Silvergun! :D Good news indeed!
  • killorabbit - September 17, 2010 2:28 p.m.

    This is a shame. Steel Battalion was made so sweet BY the oversized, expensive controller. We wait this long for a sequel and the controller gets dropped. Hell, I'd still be peeved even if Kinect actually looked good.
  • NanoElite666 - September 17, 2010 4:50 a.m.

    Uh, you put 'RGS' for abbreviating Radiant Silvergun. Shouldn't it be 'RSG' instead?
  • Lionzest7 - September 17, 2010 4:05 a.m.

    Man, been waiting for this day for a long time now. Much Love for treasure and their shooters. I think my eyes will bleed when this comes out, attempting to maximize color combos and amassing grind bonus.
  • garnsr - September 17, 2010 3:48 a.m.

    I only ever played Radiant Silvergun in Japan in the arcade, and it was pretty nifty. I hope it makes its way to PS3, I don't really want to get it on 360.
  • CoryRX8 - September 17, 2010 3:47 a.m.

    I'm impressed with some of the Kinect titles that were announced at TGS. I expected MS to just show off more lame casual titles like they did at E3; I was NOT expecting another Steel Battalion! I'm curious as to how it's going to control with Kinect... I'm picturing something like the interface on the vehicles in Earth: Final Conflict.
  • bmrskate - September 17, 2010 2:47 a.m.

    So why didn't Sony get in on this Radiant Silver Gun action? I DEMAND a good shooter for PS3!
  • - September 17, 2010 1:49 a.m.

    I'm warming up to the Kinect library now =) Suda 51? Steel Battalion? i gotta think that there are more sick games in the pipe that just couldn't make it in time for E3.
  • KREATIVEassassin - September 17, 2010 1:42 a.m.

    Radiant Silvergun is a definite buy.
  • ZiegZeon - September 17, 2010 12:14 a.m.

    Sadly, I think Steel Battalion will lose a lot of it's charm with Kinect. But sweet action on the Radiant Silvergun.

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