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Double Fine's Iron Brigade Digs New Trench On PC

The biggest change between this alternate history and our own? It's way more blue.

It’s been a long time in coming, but we’re finally about to have every recent Double Fine release on our humble Greatest Platform On Earth And In The Whole Of Human History. Well, aside from that motion-controlled Sesame Street game, anyway. But until Cookie Monster arrives and lapses into a homicidal rage over the fact that all I’ve eaten today is four cookies, I’ll just have to make do with infinitely customizable World War I mechs. Because Tim Schafer’s brain is a national treasure.

Double Fine haphazardly affixed a good news cannon to the side of its blog and then fired off the following:

“On top of making the Xbox, Microsoft knows quite a bit about what is known colloquially as the ‘PERSONAL COMPUTER.’  I’m super excited to announce that on August 13th you’ll be able to fire up Steam and play Iron Brigade on your very own PC.  Woo! It’s also worth noting that the PC version of the game will include the DLC expansion, Rise of the Martian Bear! Yeah!”

I played a demo of the artist formerly known as Trenched on Xbox many moons ago. It struck me as far more tower-defense-y than I was expecting, but it definitely wasn’t a bad thing. And while its premise is unabashedly silly, it didn’t seem quite as focused on in-your-face humor as other members of Double Fine’s rib-tickling troupe. Mind you, that’s not a bad thing. I’m just interested to see where it goes, tonally speaking.

Regardless, the Year Of The Mech lumbers ever onward. Now we’ve got Iron Brigade, Hawken, MechWarrior Online, and Strike Suit Zero. Oh, and this real $1 million Japanese robo-behemoth whose (currently non-lethal – phew) guns are powered by smiles. So that’s nice and terrifying. Other than that realization of all my greatest fears, though, hooray!

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