The only good bug is a dead bug – and lots of bugs are going to die come February 18. D3Publisher has announced Earth Defense Force 2025 has gone gold and will launch next month on Xbox 360 and PS3.

D3 has also announced three supplemental DLC mission packs. The first, "Special Ops," will be available on launch day for $3 and features three additional missions. "Mutant Rampage," available on February 25 for $9, will add 20 new missions and "Beyond Despair," which drops on March 11 for $9, will incorporate an additional 20 missions.

In Earth Defense Force 2025, a sequel to Earth Defense Force 2017 from Japanese development studio Sandlot, humans are once again mired in conflict against the deadly space bug army. EDF 2025 takes place eight years after mankind successfully repelled the first invasion, just as the alien forces begin to emerge from a secret underground nest and attack humanity once again.
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Earth Defense Force 2025 Has Gone Gold and and Will Release on February 18 with the First of Three Upcoming DLC Mission Packs

D3Publisher (D3P) today announced Earth Defense Force 2025 has gone gold and will be available nationwide for $49.95 for the Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system on February 18. In addition, three mission packs will be available as downloadable content (DLC) with the first pack titled "Special Ops" available starting on the date of launch.

Mission Packs to include: (Will also be available as a bundle)
Special Ops – Will feature 5 new missions for $2.99 and be available on February 18.
Mutant Rampage – Will feature 20 new missions for $8.99 and be available on February 25.
Beyond Despair – Will feature 20 new missions for $8.99 and be available on March 11.
Earth Defense Force 2025 is under development by Sandlot and is rated "M" (Mature – Blood and Violence) by the ESRB. To find out more about Earth Defense Force 2025 please visit www.EDF2025.com and www.facebook.com/EarthDefenseForce.

About Earth Defense Force 2025
Earth Defense Force 2025 is the long awaited return in the Earth Defense Force (EDF) series from beloved Japanese developer Sandlot. The insects return from dormancy to disturb the peace with over-the-top action and massive city-leveling explosions that will entrench the EDF and the citizens of earth into a state of emergency. Earth Defense Force 2025 is an action shooting bonanza that arms players as an EDF soldier equipped with hundreds of weapons, four new soldier classes and the training to exterminate insects of all sizes in the global quest to protect the world from alien invasion. Featuring the largest number of missions from the series and includes four-player multiplayer, Earth Defense Force 2025 is an all-out battle against the terrifying Ravagers that have come back stronger than ever in their mission to destroy the planet.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.