After an extended development period, 17-BIT's anticipated "fast-paced turn-based strategy game" Skulls of the Shogun has passed Microsoft certification and will release January 30. The game will cost 1200 MS Points ($15) for XBLA, Windows 8 and Surface, and $6.99 for Windows Phone via the Windows Phone Marketplace

The announcement follows up on Skulls of the Shogun's honorable mention in the Technical Excellence category of this year's Independent Games Festival and the recent conclusion of its three-year press tour.