Konami’s air combat game, Birds of Steel, announced

Air combat simulator junkies get pumped: Konami has announced the World War II air battle title, Birds of Steel.

The game will feature 20 history lesson missions, including the famous battle of Midway, along with a number of fictitious scenarios. Over 100 planes have been “faithfully recreated in terms of handling, capabilities and weaponry,” which means you’ll have to be a pro pilot to play, right?

In addition to the offline game modes, you’ll be able to hop online for cooperative gameplay with your friends, or engage in dogfights in versus modes. It’s being developed by Gaijin Entertainment, which has a long history of making combat flight simulators, including the well-received IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey.

Birds of Steel is out next year for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Nick Chester