New Backbreaker Details Emerge

Posted December 2nd, 2009 at 1:40 pm


While Backbreaker has been largely quiet since being shown to some media outlets at E3 there have been a few things discovered over that time including the publisher and potential release date and price. Now Backbreaker has finally stepped out and delivered additional details on the game. The current release date listed by Gamestop of April 27th would fit in the spring time frame now mentioned and appears to be a real date and not a placeholder. That date has not been confirmed though so it could change. The discounted price of $49.99 seems likely but this has not been confirmed either.

Make sure to check out my preview of Backbreaker from E3 for more. Despite some articles out there stating otherwise the game is set to have what is being described as a “multi-year season mode” though it is odd that it wouldn’t be mentioned on the features list. Continue on for the full fact sheet including the “key features”.

Setting a new standard in football video games, Backbreaker rushes the genre with a new playbook for hard‐hitting action. Players take control of an unmatched on‐field experience boasting realistic, physics‐based AI for an endless variety of unique sacks and tackles, making canned animations a last‐season memory. With crisp high‐definition graphics and a third‐person camera angle that follows the perspective of the ball handler, Backbreaker puts players in the heart of the game. Rookies can easily pick‐up‐and‐play thanks to Backbreaker’s intuitive Arcade Mode control scheme, while veteran players can enjoy the game’s more difficult Pro Mode that turns off AI assists.

Featuring 11 versus 11 matches, Backbreaker also boasts online multiplayer for up to four players and split‐screen multiplayer modes. With total team customization, players can create their own rosters and adjust their team’s colors, logos and more. Going on the offense from kickoff to end zone, Backbreaker is how football was meant to be played on next‐gen consoles. Players can hit the gridiron with Backbreaker for Xbox 360™ and PLAYSTATION®3 platforms in spring 2010.

Break out from the Pack: Backbreaker redefines standard football games with intuitive plays, an endless variety of unique tackles and outcomes based on actual in‐game collisions

Jump Straight Into Action: Backbreaker offers intuitive controls for casual sports fans intimidated by the complexities and learning curve of other football games

Feel the Explosive, Hard‐Hitting Tackles: Gone are the days of rigid, canned animations. NaturalMotion’s euphoria engine delivers high quality, hard‐hitting, true‐to‐life action, giving players an unparalleled experience on the gridiron

Look Through the One‐of‐a‐kind Camera View: Backbreaker’s camera system has been designed to complement the controls, with techniques such as shake and dynamic field‐of‐view changes that give the game its distinct ‘on‐the‐field’ feel, aiding the player by dynamically framing the action

Watch JumboTron‐Worthy Graphics & Instant Replay: Backbreaker uses state‐of‐the‐art animation and rendering technology for high definition dazzle. The instant replay system allows players to celebrate each tackle or touchdown, complete with reactions from crowds 90,000 strong

Throw the Pigskin Online: Backbreaker supports extensive online functionality including competitive and team co‐op (live and split‐screen) gameplay online, and the ability to play in exhibition mode with up to four players

Choose Between Powerful or Precise Plays: In evasive mode, players are more agile and can dodge, turn and jump to avoid threats, though they are more likely to fumble when tackled. In aggressive mode, players can stiff arm and fight through linemen, run faster and fend off big hits and tackles

Publisher: 505 Games
Developer: NaturalMotion
Platforms: Xbox 360 & PlayStation 3
ESRB Rating: T for Teen
Release Date: Q2 2010
Genre: Sports ‐ Action