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Alien Fear coming this Fall from City Interactive

City Interactive, the makers of the Sniper: Ghost Warrior series for the Xbox 360, PS3, and PC, have announced a new title coming to XBLA this Fall. The arcade style FPS called Alien Fear will feature “visceral action” powered by Unreal Engine 3.

Here is more from the press release:

“Alien Fear is a head-long rush of adrenaline-filled, close quarter combat where players assume the role of a highly trained elite commando on a mission of sabotage. Whether fighting across beautifully composed sci-fi vistas, or working co-operatively to buzzsaw your way through hordes of aggressive enemies, Alien Fear is a sustained burst of arcade aggression.”

Only a few pieces of concept art have been released so far but co-op play will be a part of the game. Check back for more details coming in the future.

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Indie Mega Booth at PAX East with Joe Danger, Super T.I.M.E. Force and more!

PAX East is this Friday and while passes for that day are remaining slim, if you’re going to the event you might want to check out this mega booth of awesome indie games, some including great XBLA games. Skulls of the Shogun, Super T.I.M.E. Force and Joe Danger: The Movie are all making appearances with Vessel, Charlie Murder and Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien making a stop too. There’s a total count of 16 developers from Capybara to Hello Games to Ska Studios, you’ll be able to see them all! We’ll be taking a look at a good sum of these titles here when XBLA Fans hits PAX East this weekend. Be sure to hear more impressions from all of us on the exciting new indie games to come out on XBLA.

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Worms creator returns to Team17 after 14 years away

Worms creator Andy Davidson has returned to Team17 following 14 years away from the company. The news follows the announcement that Team17 are working on Worms Revolution. Since Davidson’s departure, the British developer has released more than 12 core Worms games and a further four spin-offs including Worms Pinball and Worms Golf. Davidson is to offer his support to the team currently developing Revolution.

Said the returning developer,

“I left Team17 feeling I hadn’t finished what I wanted to achieve, but for professional reasons I knew I had to walk away. I’ve returned to scratch the creative itch that’s been bothering me for the last fourteen years. It’s nice to be back at Team17, it’s as though there’s been a revolution in the studio itself – there’s a real creative buzz about the place.”

The revolutions don’t stop there either; the press release claims Davidson is looking to bring some new ideas to the table. Ten queen pounds says one of them is Worms Volleyball.

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Brain Slap hoping to bring Hexodius to XBLA

Brain Slap Studio is looking to bring its debut title, Hexodius, to Xbox Live Arcade, according to a tweet by the indie developer. “We’re targetting [sic] XBLA,” reads the studio’s Twitter response to a question by XBLA Fans reader @lifelower as to whether the twin stick shooter is being developed for XBLIG or XBLA.

Responding to our inquiry about the PC and Xbox title’s progress towards an XBLA release, Brain Slap designer Pascal Biren said that the studio has yet to speak with any publishers. For now they are focusing on just making the game “in an indie spirit” and are planning to show it publicly before seeking out a publishing partner to help bring the title to Arcade.

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Sources: Xbox Durango getting Blu and two in 2013

Microsoft recently stating on the record that the Xbox Durango/720 won’t be officially announced at E3, and likely not until next year, has done little to quell the constant stream of “insider sources” reporting this, that and the other about the next-generation console. The trend continued today. Tipsters informed VG 24/7 that Redmond-based Microsoft plans to launch the Xbox 360′s successor during the holiday 2013 season. That wasn’t all they had to say, either: the next Xbox will also feature a Blu-ray drive and two GPUs if these informants are to be believed.

Today’s release whispers are in line with what some previous industry canaries have been singing, but they fly in the face of the 2014 launch scuttlebutt that has arisen from other loose lips that sink ships, and they certainly don’t match up to the 2012 reports that some deep throats had falsely reported prior to the console-maker’s assertions to the contrary. The lesson here is that while game console rumors, while fun, are a bunch of bologna as often as they are legitimate leaks. On top of that, even legitimate leaks can end up being inaccurate down the road when the manufacturer in question changes its strategy in response to technology developments, movements by the competition, cost issues or any of a great number of other factors.

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Penny Arcade Adventures Episode 3 returns as an XBLIG title

After Hothead Games went on to work on DeathSpank, the future was uncertain as to whether we would get Episode 3 of Penny Arcade Adventures. The first two weren’t the best-selling titles on XBLA but they did garner a great cult audience. Now Zeboyd, creators of Cthulha Saves The World and Breath of Death VII on XBLIG, have come to save the property with On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 3 for XBLIG, iOS, PC, Mac, and Android.

In an interview with Joystiq, Robert Boyd of Zeboyd talked about how the project came about from a user’s Penny Arcade forum post, stating they should use an indie developer and recommending them. He contacted Penny Arcade to see if they were interested, unsure if he heard a response but Robert Khoo responded and things got started.

If you’ve ever played any of Zeboyd’s games, the style is a bit of a change from what Hothead does. It’s more pixelated and 8-bit in the style of old Final Fantasy. The gameplay will be very similar but still retain that old Penny Arcade humor. If you’re at PAX East this year, it’ll be showing on the Expo Floor and check out the interview below and some screenshots after the jump.
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Dying with style in new Trials Evolution video

Trials Evolution now has a release date, a price point, 400 gamerscore and a trailer. What it doesn’t have is a montage (montage!). Lucky for us IGN have put together this nifty sequence showcasing some new in-game footage alongside some comedy montage music…we’re assuming. Either way it’s a pretty cool watch. The video has been tagged as containing some mild spoilers though, so you have been warned. Trials Evolution skids onto XBLA April 18 for 1200 MSP as part of Microsoft’s Arcade Next promotion.

Source: IGN

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Skullgirls set to rip up XBLA April 11

Skullgirls

Upcoming XBLA fighter, Skullgirls finally got a release date this weekend, and this time it’s the correct one. Community Manager Peter Bartholow made the announcement on a NeoGAF forum:

We have passed Microsoft certification, like… literally within the last 30 minutes. On a Saturday!? Yes, on a Saturday. The game will be released on XBLA worldwide on April 11th, for 1200 MS points.

It’s not the first release date the game has received. A marketplace listing appearing a few weeks ago suggested April 4 as the game’s due date, however this was later revealed to be an error:

I want to apologize for having to leave you in the dark on this for so long. It has been agonizing, and MS’s “leak” on Xbox.com didn’t help at all. We would have denied it sooner, but the reality is that Microsoft was still trying to slot us on April 4th as late as yesterday morning.

Skullgirls will be joining colourful physics-puzzler The Splatters, which is also being releasing next Wednesday for 800 MSP.

Source: NeoGAF via Joystiq

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Weekly Roundup: April 1

Weekly Roundup compiles all the biggest news stories, reviews, and releases from the week into one handy post on the weekends

March 26

Alien Spidy spins up a new trailer

Should many robots be shot with one or two sticks?

Xbox Xfinity streaming won’t count towards Comcast data cap

March 27

Robio gobbles up Futuremark Games Studio

Xbox entertainment now more popular than online gaming

March 28

XBLA Wednesday

Wrecked launch trailer takes revenge and revisits first place

Fez finally switches dimensions on April 13 for 800 MSP

March 29

Trials Evolution shifts into gear with another trailer

The Pinball Arcade coming April 4 for 800 MSP

The Splatters set to make a mess on April 11

Joy Ride Arcade could be coming to XBLA

Majestic-12 coming to digital platforms

March 30

Team 17 announce Worms Revolution

Beat Lionhead’s score in Fable Heroes at PAX East and win swag!

Awesomenauts awesomely arriving on May 2

Anomaly Warzone Earth striking April 6 for 800 MSP

Trials Evolution avatar items available in marketplace

Fable Heroes adds a-Maze-ing character to roster

This Fable had humble beginnings

March 31

Sega Ages Online collection finally revealed

Charlie Murder’s first trailer merges punk and brawler

Reviews

South Park: Tenorman’s Revenge

Real Steel

Podcasts

Episode 55: Minecraft, May 9, 1600 MSP

Interview with MagicalTimeBean’s Ian Stocker

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Charlie Murder’s first trailer merges punk and brawler

After The Dishwasher series, James Silva and gang at Ska Studios have been hard at work on the XBLIG-turned XBLA game Charlie Murder. We finally have our first trailer of the game in action and it looks like Punk goes Beat ‘Em Up Volume Blood. You see bars and shows with lots of murder and mayhem from the band, beating up hordes of people with any type of items they have on hand from pool cues to swords and just for kicks, flamethrowers.

The plot of the game involves the fictitious band against their rivals, Gore Quaffer who’ve unleashed an army on the band. While it may look like a simple brawler, the description of the trailer indicates there will be RPG elements and you’ll see some rhythm-based sections where you play a show and must tap the corresponding buttons. The game will be at PAX East in playable form and XBLA Fans will be all over the punk-rock action. No release date has been said but expect the game “someday”, hopefully sooner rather than later.

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