'Section 8' shooter sequel prepares for orbital drop with launch trailer

The launch trailer for
Section 8: Prejudice has been posted ahead of its April 20 debut on the Xbox 360's Live Arcade download service, showcasing the game's mix of hulking space marines, robust vehicles, and superpowered shoulder-charges.

Players can drop into any point on a multiplayer map, commandeering hover-bikes, tanks, and powerful mechs in a bid to wrestle control from the opposition team.

So far, so Halo, except there's no new Halo game this year (a remake is rumored but unconfirmed) and Section 8 incorporates the kind of ingenious in-game weapons shop seen in Homefront and the Call of Duty Zombies mode.

For extra variety, there are also side missions ("Dynamic Combat Missions") that trigger during online battles, offering extra points for escorting VIPs or protecting a convoy.

In addition, there's also a single-player campaign, and a swarm mode in which up to four players band together against waves of enemies.

Launching a game during the same week as Portal 2 and Mortal Kombat might seem like madness, but TimeGate Studios is confident that a low $15 price-tag (£10/€13) will help attract players to Section 8: Prejudice.

The game starts on Xbox 360, with a PC launch scheduled for May 4 and a PlayStation 3 release soon after.

While ex- Halo developer Bungie is keeping its current project tightly under wraps, Sony is working on a 2011 follow-up to the influential futuristic combat of PlanetSide, while ex- World of Warcraft and Starseige Tribes designers have MMO Firefall in the pipeline.

Watch the Section 8: Prejudice trailer at youtube.com/watch?v=3U2gm0U5EUQ or find it on the official website, warisprejudice.com.

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