The European branch of the Earth Defense Force will join worldwide bug-blasting efforts soon after the North American battalion deploys next month, as Sandlot's Earth Defense Force 2025 will hit the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in Europe on February 21, publisher D3 announced this week.

Following up on 2007's Earth Defense Force 2017 on the Xbox 360, Earth Defense Force 2025 introduces even more giant-sized insectoid types for players to exterminate in local and online cooperative multiplayer modes. New downloadable mission packs will be released in the month following EDF 2025's release, adding a total of 45 additional levels on top of the game's lengthy campaign.

Earth Defense Force 2025 will launch in North America on February 18.
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EARTH DEFENSE FORCE 2025 has gone gold and will release on February 21st with the first of three upcoming DLC mission packs

D3Publisher (D3P) today announced Earth Defense Force 2025 has gone gold and will be available in EMEA for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system on February 21st. 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€/£2.39 on Xbox Live® and PlayStation®Network and be available on February 21st.
· Mutant Rampage – Will feature 20 new missions for 8.99€/£7.19 on Xbox Live® / £7.29 on PlayStation®Network and be available on February 26th.
· Beyond Despair – Will feature 20 new missions for 8.99€/£7.19 on Xbox Live® / £7.29 on PlayStation®Network and be available on March 12th.

Earth Defense Force 2025 is under development by Sandlot and is rated PEGI 12. To find out more about Earth Defense Force 2025 please visit http://bngames.eu/EDF2025 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.