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Classic hit Choplifter back, in high-def, with zombies

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Once a mainstay of the mid-80s arcade boom, helicopter shooter Choplifter didn't hang around. Sure, it dropped off a couple of sequels in the early 90s, but while Pac-Man and Space Invaders have cranked out remake upon remake and sequel upon sequel, Choplifter pretty much disappeared off the radar.

No longer. An updated, high-definition, zombie-packed spin on the classic rescue game is coming to the Xbox Live Marketplace and Playstation Store later this year -- and it's looking none the worse for its two-decade absence. Don't take our word for it:

Choplifter HD is in development at Inxile Entertainment, most recently responsible for this week's action-role-playing release Hunted: The Demon's Forge. Inxile is working in conjunction with the creator of the original game, Dan Gorlin, who seems quite pleased at the opportunity.

"I am thrilled to be a part of creating a Choplifter experience for the 21st Century," Gorlin said. "The team at inXile is so passionate about the game and it shows in every detail. Choplifter HD looks to be the best Choplifter yet."

The remake will include over 20 missions, ranging from rescuing military prisoners to saving survivors of the great zombie apocalypse we've been hearing so much about. You'll be able to take the controls sometime this fall.

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