Speedball II Comes to Xbox LIVE Arcade

If you’re in your mid to late twenties you will probably be giddy in the knees right about now after reading this news title, so take a seat. Yes you read that correctly, the most wanted title voted in most Xbox Live Arcade polls is coming to the beloved home of the Xbox Live Arcade thanks to Empire Interactive and the much loved Bitmap Brothers.

Read on for the officially brutal press release:

Empire Interactive today announced that it will bring the furious excitement of the classic Speedball II: Brutal Deluxe to the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft via Xbox LIVE Arcade. The highly anticipated title was recently voted one of the most wanted games for Xbox LIVE Arcade in an article by the Computer and Video Games website. It’s arrival will please both hard-core fans and new generations of gamers who have yet to experience what some believe is the finest combat sports game ever made.

The Bitmap Brothers classic, Speedball, was first released for the Amiga in 1990 and quickly became a huge success. However, it wasn’t until the release of its sequel, Speedball 2: Brutal Deluxe that the title reached new gaming heights and sold over two million units. It is still considered by many to be one of the best games of all time. The Xbox LIVE Arcade version is a perfect conversion of Speedball II: Brutal Deluxe but with the addition of an all-new High Definition version, more teams and downloadable content.

This new Xbox LIVE Arcade version of Speedball II will enhance this classic game while still retaining all the classic elements that have made it a firm favorite among gamers.

“We are pleased to be bringing this all-time classic to Xbox LIVE Arcade,” commented Ian Higgins, CEO of Empire Interactive. “With its brutal and addictive gameplay, and the ability to play multiplayer over Xbox LIVE, we are sure this will be the definitive version of Speedball.”

“This is another example of Empire updating a classic IP and bringing it to a brand new audience. Double Dragon will launch next Wednesday, and will be our first foray onto Xbox LIVE Arcade. Our announcement of Speedball 2 demonstrates our continued intention to bring high quality classic titles to a broader market,” said Clive Kabatznik, CEO of Silverstar Holdings.

Excited? We certainly are! We’ll take a punt on an end of year release, we’re counting the days already!


Anthony Barker

Anthony is the designer, developer and owner of Console Monster. In his spare time, Anthony is a keen gamer who enjoys playing mostly First-Person Shooters and Racing games. When he is not developing games or tweaking this site, Anthony likes to be on the slopes snowboarding or hurtling down off-road tracks on his mountain bike.

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