The original Steel Battalion earned a cult following partially through its complicated controller and partly because it's giant mechs fighting and that's awesome. Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor takes that idea even further. I was struck by the combination of human and mechanical elements in the game -- you pilot a "vertical tank," but the game doesn't forget that "you" are inside it.
As Antoine Molant, Marketing Manager at Capcom, puts it, "In Steel Battalion, we've got full damage on the tank, so for example, your slit window can be broken, so it's hard to see. In this case, you might want to use the periscope, but when the glass of the periscope is also broken, then you don't have a lot of choice. You can, maybe, stand up, and then you have a good view of your surroundings, but then you risk a headshot."
Check out the entire interview in the video below:
And don't forget to read our Steel Battalion multiplayer preview, too.