Pinball moguls, Zen Studios have announced their newest intellectual property, CastleStorm, and gamers will be interested to here that there’s not a flipper in sight. The game is being described as “a new breed of 2D archery projectile warfare and 2D physics-based structure destruction”. Set in a colourful medieval world, CastleStorm is set to bring a challenging mix of real time strategy and resource management to XBLA. Players will make use of a medieval ballista and launch an assortment of explosive weapons including Morningstars, Apple Grenades, Homing Eagles, and even flying sheep, as well as training a fearsome ground attack in the form of swordsmen, knights, and donkey riders, to defeat the onslaught of enemies trying to capture your flag and destroy your castle.

Not content with tower defense only, CastleStorm also lets you choose your own offense. Players will be able choose between capturing the flag, destroying the enemy’s castle or completing another level objective to claim a victory. Each level has multiple objectives with their own unique rewards and as you storm through the game new weapons and troop classes can be unlocked. There will even be a tower construction editor to allow players to construct custom castles that can be used in battle.

The game will also come with that all important multiplayer as CastleStorm is set to features multiple modes of multiplayer action for both local and online, including play 1 vs. 1 split-screen mode, competitive multiplayer, and co-op survival. It’s set to release sometime this year and will demonstrated at the upcoming E3 conference in Los Angeles. For more information head over to the games official website.