Breach delayed until January 2011

It seems alleged Breach code thief Justin May could have gotten a sneakier peek than even he would have expected. Atomic Games has just announced that its XBLA shooter won't arrive this summer as previously announced, but rather in January of 2011. Though Atomic says the game is finished now, the company missed Breach's originally slated June date, and the XBLA schedule was apparently just too full to slip it in any sooner than January.

In the interim, the developer will be adding a "Hardcore" mode, which is apparently lifted from more realistic versions of the game that outside organizations commissioned for training purposes.

Well, you're welcome, Jack Thompson.
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Raleigh, North Carolina - July 16, 2010 /GameBlast/ - Atomic Games, a developer of simulations for US military and intelligence agencies and a pioneer in military action games, announced today that it has decided to delay the release of its highly anticipated title, Breach, for the Xbox LIVE® Arcade for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft. Breach was delayed largely due to later availability of an Xbox LIVE Arcade for Xbox 360 ship date from Microsoft than anticipated, which allowed the company to add in new features. Atomic is using the extra time to add in a new Hardcore mode as well as other new content. Breach will now be coming out simultaneously on Xbox LIVE Arcade for Xbox 360 and on Windows PC in January.

Since Atomic first showed off Breach to gamers, some organizations that use other Atomic training systems showed interest in using a modified version of Breach as a training aid for their operatives. With this delay Atomic now has the chance to add certain features from the training systems, such as the Hardcore mode, into the commercial product. The delay will also allow those waiting on Windows PC to enjoy the game on the same day as those on Xbox LIVE Arcade for Xbox 360.

"While work on Breach is actually done, we did miss our small window with Microsoft to get it up on Xbox LIVE Arcade for Xbox 360 in late June as we had planned. Luckily there were features we had been thinking of adding to the title, and now we have the opportunity to do just that. Unlike with Six Days in Fallujah, which was delayed indefinitely when Konami pulled out, we are publishing Breach ourselves, and it will be out in January," said Peter Tamte, President of Atomic Games."I've always said, we don't make simulations for the public and we don't make games for the government. However, we have come to realize there is a growing segment of the gaming population that wants to test these simulation systems out for themselves, which is why we're adding features, like a Hardcore mode, to Breach."

Breach introduces new kinds of destruction that haven't been seen in any other game, has an innovative Active Cover System which allows players to take advantage of any cover even as it is ripped apart, and adds in unique, true-to-life spy gadgets which all changes the very nature of multiplayer combat. Breach will be available for download through Xbox LIVE Arcade for Xbox 360 and for Windows PC this January.

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This article was originally published on Joystiq.