AirMech Arena coming to Xbox 360 in summer

Carbon Studios and Ubisoft partner up for action RTS

Free-to-play action RTS AirMech Arena will release on Xbox Live this summer.

Ubisoft announced a partnership with Carbon Studios on Monday to bring the franchise to Xbox 360. AirMech was formerly a PC exclusive.

Inspired by Sega Mega Drive game Herzog Zwei, AirMech puts players in the cockpits of giant transforming robots. Players attack enemy fortresses directly with their mechs and by using vehicle forms to airlift friendly units into combat.

AirMech Arena will include a single-player mode, a cooperative mode, and two-vs.-two and three-vs.-three competitive multiplayer modes. Ubisoft did not specify how it will handle in-game purchases, though the PC version lets players buy access to additional units and cosmetic alterations with either real money or earned in-game currency.

"As an indie developer, AirMech has been our passion for the past several years, and we are thrilled to partner with Ubisoft to bring the game to console," Carbon Games' James Green said in a statement. "AirMech Arena was created from the ground up to be the ultimate RTS experience with a gamepad. The fast-paced action and depth of strategy brings console gamers a new experience we are confident they will enjoy."

We've reached out to Ubisoft to ask whether the free-to-play game will require an Xbox Live Gold subscription, as is the case with World of Tanks Xbox 360 Edition.

Update: Ubisoft told us Xbox Live Silver members will be able to play AirMech Arena's single-player mode, but its multiplayer is Gold-exclusive.

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