Backbreaker: Vengeance tackles XBLA this summer

NaturalMotion officially unveiled what it was teasing earlier this week, and ... it's kind of confusing. Backbreaker: Vengeance uses the same subtitle as the company's recent iOS football game, but it is not the same game.

The new Backbreaker: Vengeance (who are these football players seeking vengeance against?) is an XBLA-exclusive, arcade-style game that "takes inspiration" from the first Backbreaker's "Tackle Alley" mode. That means one runner attempting to cross the field against various arrangements of pre-placed defenders.

Check out a trailer after the break -- especially if you're fond of body-crunching sounds. Actually, that advice also works in regards to buying the game this summer.


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BACKBREAKER: VENGEANCE BRINGING DEVASTATING HITS TO XBOX LIVE ARCADE FOR XBOX 360 THIS SUMMER
It's takedown or touchdown in the next chapter of the multi-million-selling franchise, exclusively on digital platforms this summer
Milton Keynes, UK – April 14, 2011 Prepare yourself for the ultimate gridiron showdown! 505 Games and NaturalMotion Games announced today that Backbreaker: Vengeance, the next chapter in the genre-changing Backbreaker franchise, will smash through on to Xbox LIVE® Arcade for the Xbox 360® videogame and entertainment system for Microsoft this summer.

Backbreaker: Vengeance takes the intensity and AAA appeal of the original Backbreaker Football console game and combines it with the pick-up-and-play nature of the multi-million selling iPhone games to create a whole new one-of-a-kind sports experience for digital download on Xbox LIVE Arcade for Xbox 360. It takes as its inspiration the wildly popular "Tackle Alley" mini-game in Backbreaker Football to deliver an all-new arcade slant on football.

Backbreaker: Vengeance marks the first time the series has been available as a digital download via Xbox LIVE Arcade for Xbox 360, featuring non-stop, hard-hitting arcade action; bone-crunching tackles; and tons of swagger from end-zone to end-zone. Unprecedented, hard hitting tackles (with no pre-canned animations) and jaw-dropping graphics complement the distinct pick-up-and-playability that proved so infectious with Backbreaker Football's "Tackle Alley" mini-game.

"Backbreaker has caught the imagination of the world with its fresh approach to the sports genre. Backbreaker Vengeance for Xbox LIVE Arcade focuses on the aspects of American Football our fans love: incredible euphoria animations, gut-busting collisions, deceptive juke maneuvers and a pick-up-and-play feel," said Torsten Reil, CEO of NaturalMotion. "This brutal spiritual successor to the beloved Tackle Alley will show gamers across the world that when it comes to delivering no-frills football action, Backbreaker: Vengeance is where it's at."

Since its arrival on the mobile platforms in 2009 and on console in 2010 the Backbreaker franchise has garnered over 6 million fans across the world, testament to its proudly accessible approach to American Football.
Whether you takedown or touchdown...it's Vengeance!

This article was originally published on Joystiq.