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Backbreaker: Vengeance tackles XBLA on June 29

Justin McElroy

Love football but hate the parts where there's throwing and play-calling and team management and defense and kicking? Us too. For our sadly ignored minority there's Backbreaker: Vengeance, coming to XBLA on June 29 for an undisclosed price. The digital release takes the original game's Tackle Alley mode, which charges the player with avoiding a preset formation of defenders as they attempt to score, and expands it to a full game.

Though it's an XBLA exclusive for now, the arcade football action will also come to PSN later this summer ... but only in Europe. Who wants to break the news to them that it's not that kind of football?

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Get ready to stuff the competition with the hardest-hitting gridiron game this summer on Xbox®LIVE

Woodland Hills, CA – June 22, 2011 – 505 Games and NaturalMotion Games announced today that Backbreaker Vengeance™, the next chapter in the genre-changing Backbreaker franchise, will be available on Xbox®LIVE Arcade for the Xbox®360 videogame and entertainment system from June 29, 2011*.

"Backbreaker Vengeance is the perfect summer game and a great addition to the wildly successful Backbreaker franchise," said Ian Howe, President, 505 Games North America. "Building on the instantly gratifying fun of Tackle Alley with new modes and moves, and with hundreds of intense levels, Backbreaker Vengeance is the total package for anyone who wants to jump into a game for a few minutes or a few hours."

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 million-selling iPhone app to create a whole new one-of-a-kind sports experience for digital download on Xbox LIVE Arcade for Xbox 360. Powered by the groundbreaking Euphoria Engine, Backbreaker Vengeance, features hard-hitting tackles that are unique every time, and bound to have players wanting "just one more go".

"Backbreaker has changed the way people play football video games," said Torsten Reil, CEO of NaturalMotion. "Backbreaker Vengeance for Xbox LIVE Arcade takes everything we've learnt about truly live sports gaming and combines it with arcade gameplay for the fastest, most instantly playable football experience anywhere."

Since its arrival on the mobile platforms in late 2009, Backbreaker as a franchise has garnered over 5 million fans across the world, a testament to its proudly accessible approach to the football genre.

Whether you takedown or's Vengeance!

Backbreaker Vengeance is slated for release on June 29, 2011 on Xbox®LIVE Arcade for the Xbox®360 videogame and entertainment system from Microsoft.

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