Choplifter HD takes off on XBLA, PSN and PC this winter

We've known since June that Konami was prepping a landing space for Choplifter HD on XBLA, PSN and PC, but it seems the convoy won't be here for some time. Or, actually, it could be tomorrow.* All we know is Konami and developer inXile Entertainment are deploying Choplifter HD sometime this "winter" and, yeah, we're technically in that winter timeframe.

In addition to the zombie mode featuring a cameo from Super Meat Boy that was introduced a few months back, Duke Nukem will also show up, along with cameos from "from some of the videogame industry's most legendary leading men." Why no women? As much as we don't want to think of Lara Croft as a decomposing zombie, it'd still be pretty neat.

*It won't be out tomorrow. We promise you.
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KONAMI AND INXILE ENTERTAINMENT COME TOGETHER TO RELEASE CHOPLIFTER HD THIS WINTER

Helicopter Rescue Classic Returns As KONAMI Picks up Publishing Rights for the Xbox Live® Arcade Version of the Game

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Nov 30, 2011 – Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. announced today that it has teamed up with InXile Entertainment to exclusively co-publish Choplifter HD for Xbox Live® Arcade. Choplifter HD stays true to the classic, 1980's Choplifter franchise, providing players with an action-packed, side-scrolling helicopter rescue adventure. Set to release this Winter, Choplifter HD is developed by inXile Entertainment and will be also be available on PlayStation®Network and PC.

"The addition of Choplifter HD to KONAMI's diverse portfolio of games is a testament of our dedication to providing gamers with the best there is to offer in the downloadable space,"said Careen Yapp, Vice President of Acquisitions and Franchise Development for Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. "Choplifter is a true classic, and we are looking forward to working with inXile Entertainment to bring this fun and creative re-imagining of the original title to gamers this Winter."

"Choplifter HD takes everything we loved about the classic Choplifter game and amps it up with more choppers, more weapons, more rescues, lots of zombies and more over-the-top explosions to appeal to today's action-thirsty gamer," said Brian Fargo, president, inXile Entertainment. "We are thrilled to be partnering with gaming giant Konami on bringing Choplifter HD to the many millions of Xbox Arcade players."

Developed by inXile Entertainment for Xbox LIVE® Arcade, PlayStation®Network and PC, Choplifter HD is rated T for Teen by the ESRB and dares players to risk their lives in order to save others this Winter.

For more information about Choplifter HD, visit www.choplifterhd.com


About Choplifter HD

In Choplifter HD, players take on the role of an up and coming rescue pilot asked to join the elite, international helicopter rescue team. Pilots will be trained to command a variety of helicopters with offensive capabilities including missiles and mini-guns, as well as a very vocal co-pilot. Combining reality with elements of fantasy, the 30+ missions will range from captured military prisoner extraction to saving survivors of viral outbreaks.

Pilots must bank, hover, touch-down and sometimes even shake zombies from their chopper during lift-off in order to make their rescues. Gamers can also look forward to a few cameos from some of the videogame industry's most legendary leading men including Duke Nukem and Super Meat Boy.

About inXile Entertainment:

Founded by long-time industry veteran Brian Fargo in 2002, inXile Entertainment develops interactive entertainment software for all popular game systems, personal computers and wireless devices. Current projects include Choplifter HD and a suite of products for the online social marketplace. For more information about inXile Entertainment and its Sparkworkz online games site visit www.inxile-entertainment.com or www.sparkworkz.com.

About Konami Group:
Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. is a leading developer, publisher and manufacturer of electronic entertainment properties. Konami's titles include the popular franchises Metal Gear Solid, Silent Hill, DanceDanceRevolution and Castlevania, among other top sellers. The latest information about Konami can be found on the Web at www.konami.com. KONAMI CORPORATION is a publicly traded company based in Tokyo, Japan with subsidiary offices, Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd. in Tokyo, Japan, Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. in the United States and Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH in Frankfurt, Germany. KONAMI CORPORATION is traded in the United States on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol KNM. Details of the products published by Konami can be found at http://www.konami.com.
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This article was originally published on Joystiq.