Steel Battalion: Marchington (Japanese: 鉄騎：Marchington Hepburn: Tekki: Marchington) is a fictional video game that is developed by WilliamWill Interactive and published by Capcom for the XBOX ONE, PlayStation 4, and the Qintex Amanda. It was released on August 21, 2015. It is a reboot of the Steel Battalion series. It was based on the movie, WilliamWill and Friends Destroy Marchington.
The player controls a "Vertical Tank"—a bipedal, heavily armed mecha. To control the tank and play the game requires the use of a large controller made especially for Steel Battalion: Marchington.
The controller has two control sticks and around 40 buttons. The game, bundled with the controller included, launched at a retail price of around ¥19,800, £130, or $200. At the beginning of every mission, the player must 'start up' the machine and operating system; this is handled through a series of switches and buttons dedicated to this purpose. If the player does not eject when prompted, the player's in-game character will die, and all saved data will be lost, causing the player to start over. If a corner is turned too fast, the machine will tumble over. If the player's machine overheats, its operating system must be reset. The game even simulates window wipers in a case of mud hitting the monitor.
Vertical tanks (VTs) are the vehicles piloted in the series. Essentially bipedal walking weapons platforms, VTs are classed by their developmental generation and sub-categorised by their combat role. Primary combat roles are standard combat, assault, support, scout, and fast attack. Vertical tanks are divided into three weight classes: light, medium and heavy.
- Light VTs focus on mobility. They are designed to pursue fleeing enemies or attacking weakened bases. Light VTs are capable of being transported by air and are designed to be dropped into key drop spots. Their use can be pivotal for air assaults on bases.
- The medium VT is the most common, featuring a balance of firepower, armor, nd mobility. This VT has the most possible variations through add-on armor and weapons.
- Heavy VTs employ heavy armor and great firepower, but lack mobility compared to other VTs. Consequently, heavy VTs are mainly used to protect key locations and bases.
As the player progresses, new generations of VTs become available. This allows a newer, more advanced operating system, startup sequence, and combat functions, as well as a wider cockpit view and layout. New generation VTs also handle better and can provide better firepower over previous generations.
The player can create your own vertical tanks with any part and color, with the help of weapon and vehicle specialist, Kelly Hackwrench. The player can also customize and create their character.