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Nutjitsu submitted to Microsoft for certification

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Nutjitsu has been submitted to Microsoft to be run through the console holder’s certification process, developer NinjaBee informed XBLA Fans this weekend at the PAX East video game convention in Boston.

Although games sometimes run into issues during certification that cause them to be rejected and resubmitted once those issues are resolved by the developer, NinjaBee Public Relations and Marketing Specialist Michael Purser says he expects Nutjitsu to release shortly on Xbox. Purser added that the studio is targeting a $5 price point for the game.

XBLA Fans was able to go hands-on with the title at PAX East, playing four of its 15 stages. Taking control of a ninja squirrel, we were required to either spend a specific amount of time on highlighted parts of the map in a king-of-the-hill-styled mode; collect acorns and deposit them into a sack; or pick up five scrolls to achieve victory.

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Grave coming to Xbox One

Broken Window Studios recently announced via its Kickstarter campaign its upcoming title Grave will release for Xbox One. Grave is a procedurally generated, open-world survival-horror game. The trailer (below) makes it out to be a surreal combination of the best parts of indie titles Proteus and Slender, with much higher fidelity graphics than either of those two games.  

In the Kickstarter pitch video, designer Tristan Parrish Moore says that the team members “are all fans of survival horror and traditional classic horror experiences and we felt that that genre has disappeared, it’s been really marginalized over its lifespan. And our goal for Grave is to take modern horror sensibilities and apply them to a more survival based system and allow the player agency in a world that is also really frightening and uncontrollable.”

The Kickstarter campaign for Grave comes to a close on April 27, and the game itself is slated for release in early 2015. It looks very promising — hopefully the procedurally generated gameplay will allow for the title to have more replay value than many horror games, which lose their sting when players know when to expect which events.

Source: Kickstarter via CVG



The Behemoth announces Game 4 at PAX East

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The Behemoth has already delivered three great games to XBLA, and the only thing that could follow their third game is a fourth. At PAX East this weekend the developer announced the tentatively titled Game 4, which will be coming to Xbox One. Details are scarce now, but the game will be playable later this year, and more will be announced during San Diego Comic-Con and PAX Prime. The only clue we have to the game’s premise is the strange image above – your guess is as good as ours.


April Xbox One system update will begin rolling out tonight

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Major Nelson has just announced that the latest Xbox One system update will begin rolling out in a few hours. While we were already aware of some of the features coming with this push, his latest blog post details the full list of enhancements. You can check out the list, which includes friend list improvements, Kinect tuning, and automatic system updates, after the break.

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Press Play announces Project Totem

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Max: The Curse of Brotherhood developer Press Play announced on Friday that they are working on a new IP for release on both Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Codenamed Project Totem, the game is a platformer that revolves around controlling totem pole pieces through a variety of obstacles. In addition to single player, the game features a set of two player co-op levels in which each player controls a pair of totems.

Confused? According to Rune Dittmer, Studio Director at Press Play, “It is one of those games, where the basic premise is hard to describe, but once you have the controller in your hand, it is so obviously fun that you immediately get it.” We were able to check out Project Totem at PAX East, so be sure to check back over the next couple weeks to see if we agree with Rune’s assertion.


Below playable for first time at PAX East


Today is the first day of PAX East 2014, the day when eager fans flock to Boston to play some great upcoming games. Recently Capybara Games announced they will be attending this year, and will be joining forces with Double Fine to create the Capy Fine Booth. They’ll be stationed near Bastion developer Supergiant and the Indie Megabooth, making for one awesome section of the show floor.

For the first time ever, the public will get their hands on Capy’s Xbox One roguelike Below. Attendees will be able to sit down at their booth and enjoy the game – and probably die a lot, they say the game’s pretty challenging. Composer Jim Guthrie will be at the booth as well, so if you enjoyed his work in Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery be sure to stop by. If exploring caves isn’t your thing, and you’re looking for something with a few more dinosaurs and explosions, a near-final version of Super Time Force will be playable over at Microsoft’s booth.

Not going to PAX East? You won’t have to wait too long to get your hands a Capy game, as Super Time Force is coming to Xbox One and XBLA this summer.


Free-to-play AirMech Arena heading to Xbox 360

Popular browser-based, real-time strategy game AirMech is coming to Xbox 360 this summer in the form of AirMech Arena. Indie developers Carbon Games teamed up with publishers Ubisoft to bring the free-to-play game to console gamers. “As an indie developer, AirMech has been our passion for the past several years, and we are thrilled to partner with Ubisoft to bring the game to console,” said James Green of Carbon Games. “AirMech Arena was created from the ground up to be the ultimate RTS experience with a gamepad. The fast-paced action and depth of strategy brings console gamers a new experience we are confident they will enjoy.”

The game will include single-player, along with both multiplayer cooperative and multiplayer competitive gameplay for teams of two to three players, with teamwork being a particular focus. Carbon Games have promised that AirMech Arena will continue to receive regular updates post launch with content drops that include new AirMechs, units, maps and events.

Source: Eurogamer


Game of Thrones – Season 4, Episode 1 free for all Xbox 360 users in the US

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Hey, we all love a freebie, right? Especially when the thing in question is not just something good, but something great. Something awesome. That thing on this occasion is the Season 4 premiere of HBO’s adaptation of George R. R. Martin’s fantastic Game of Thrones series. It’s available right now via a fairly obvious advertisement for the HBO app on your Xbox 360, and if you haven’t checked it out already, it’s more than worth a look if you’re in the USA.

The news is less encouraging for Xbox 360 owners in the UK, however, because neither the NOW TV nor Sky apps appear to be offering this episode of Game of Thrones for free, so you’ll need to subscribe as normal. Unfortunately, the XBLA Fans spies from other regions are yet to report on whether or not they have free access to this fantastic season premiere, but it seems very likely to be a US-only deal for the moment.

For anyone interested in the mythos surrounding Martin’s epic work, don’t forget that Telltale Games is planning to bring an episodic version of Game of Thrones to the 360 in the near future, and we’re certainly waiting with baited breath to see just how that turns out!


First ID@Xbox game Strike Suit Zero out now


Strike Suit Zero Director’s Cut is out now on Xbox One, making it the first game to release through ID@Xbox. The ID@Xbox program began to allow indie developers to self-publish their games on Xbox One. Strike Suit Zero is but the tip of the iceberg; there’s already a long list of games confirmed for the program, and a longer list of developers who’ve already become partners. Program Director Chris Charla is definitely happy about the release, tweeting a picture of the game’s marketplace listing.

Strike Suit Zero is a space combat game developed by Born Ready Games. In the year 2299 a war is being fought in the depths of space, as humanity fights to save Earth from destruction. Players will pilot the Strike Suit, an experimental fighter craft that transforms into a mech warrior. The game was released on PC last year, but this revamped Director’s Cut features graphical updates, a restructured campaign, and additional content. If you’re got what it takes to fight for your planet, you can get the game now for $19.99.


Xbox One System Update Details

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Major Nelson released a preview of new features coming to the Xbox One yesterday. These include Blu-ray support for 50Hz video output with a promise of more updates to come on the Blu-ray player, improved connectivity with reduced static to controllers and headsets and the option to allow for silent updating — if the Xbox One is in Instant On mode, updates will happen automatically without users having to power on the console. There’s also been an option to manually update on demand, visible only if the console requires such an update.

Continued incremental improvements such as the Blu-ray player improvement and higher quality connections of peripherals are a step in the right direction, much more welcome than the near-complete rehashes of system interface with every major Xbox 360 update in the previous generation.

Source: Xbox Wire

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