EL SEGUNDO, Calif. –  March 14, 2011 – Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. today announced Birds of Steel is shipping to retail stores nationwide. The flight simulation game, available on Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, takes players to the most intense moments of World War II to give them the most realistic flight simulation available.

Developed by Gaijin Entertainment, Birds of Steel lets players take to the skies in over 100 famous fighters from the entire axis and allied forces, including the Spitfire Mk.V, P-51 Mustang, A6M Zero and the F4F Wildcat. Players can pilot planes in the American, European or Japanese fighting forces and experience lifelike aircraft damage, cockpit views and flight controls.  As players complete missions, new planes are unlocked, letting players jump in the cockpit, grab stick and engage in both single and multiplayer campaigns, while doing battle in some of the most iconic moments in history, including the Battle of Midway, Guadalcanal, Coral Sea and the attack on Pearl Harbor.

In Birds of Steel's unique multiplayer features, players can support cooperative missions with friends, or take-off in the versus arena with up to 16 other pilots to see who really owns the skies. Pilots can participate in team death matches, cooperative strike campaigns, "Capture the Airfield" missions or even tournament play (requires Xbox Live and online functionality). Aerial aviators can now take to the skies rewriting history in the most faithfully recreated World War II simulation game ever created!

Key Features:

•20 historical and hundreds of procedural missions, spanning 16 different world locations

•Over 100 historically famous aircraft with hundreds of hit points where the plane will reflect health and real world attack damage

•Realistic flight environments, weather conditions, time-of-day changes

•Enhanced flight controls providing arcade style game play, realistic or simulation depending on player ability

•Ability to create and edit hundreds of different paint scheme variations and insignias from World War II to customize your plane

Birds of Steel is rated T by the ESRB and is available for XBOX®360 and PlayStation®3 for the SRP for $39.99. For more information on the game, including screenshots and a brand new trailer, please visit: http://www.konami.com/birdsofsteel or www.birdsofsteel.com

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About Konami Group

Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. is a leading developer, publisher and manufacturer of electronic entertainment properties. Konami's titles include the popular franchises Metal Gear Solid, Silent Hill, DanceDanceRevolution and Castlevania, among other top sellers. The latest information about Konami can be found on the Web at www.konami.com. KONAMI CORPORATION is a publicly traded company based in Tokyo, Japan with subsidiary offices, Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd. in Tokyo, Japan, Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. in the United States and Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH in Frankfurt, Germany. KONAMI CORPORATION is traded in the United States on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol KNM. Details of the products published by Konami can be found at http://www.konami.com.

About Gaijin Entetainment

Gaijin Entertainment, Birds of Steel and their respective logos are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of Gaijin Entertainment Corporation or its affiliates in the U.S. and other countries. All other trademarks, logos and copyrights are property of their respective owners.  Gaijin Entertainment is a largest independent Russian game development company established in 2002. Gaijin team specializes in creation of games for various platforms (PS3/Xbox 360/iOS/PC) but it also gives much attention to technology-related research work which provides attraction and applicability to the company's solutions in changeable IT market conditions. The company's projects have received a range of mass media and game industry awards including several KRI Awards as "Best simulation game", "Best technology", "Best sound", "Best graphics", "Best company" and many more.


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