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Dust: An Elysian Tail will feature casual and challenge modes


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Speaking with XBLA Fans on the E3 show floor today, Microsoft revealed that forthcoming Dust: An Elysian Tail will contain an arena-type gameplay mode and difficulty setting for casual gamers. Challenge Mode is designed to keep gamers coming back for more after they’ve cleared the campaign of the Summer of Arcade release.

The casual difficulty is pretty self-explanatory, but the manner in which it was play-tested is a bit unusual. Humble Hearts didn’t lean on a team of seasoned game testers to exhaustively play through every scenario in the game on casual in order to properly hammer out its balance. Instead, the studio stayed inside the family. Dean Dodrill, the sole man slaving away on everything that is Dust besides its music, had his four-year-old daughter play through it. When she was able to beat it with “no issues,” its difficulty curve was deemed just right.

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New MTG: Planeswalkers game hits June 20

Start filling your mana pool, because the latest installment of Wizards of the Coast’s Duels of the Planeswalkers series hits next month (the trailer for which is above, courtesy Machinima). Magic: The Gathering – Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013 is set to hit XBLA worldwide June 20. It will also release on PSN, Steam, PC and iPad (notably, this will be the first installment to release on Apple’s tablet). Previous installments of the seemingly now-annual series have sold for 800 MSP, but there’s no official word yet on whether that will be the case with 2013.

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PSA: Trials Tuesday moved to Wednesday this week


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We’re a little short on staff this week due to a few being at E3. That being said we’re moving Trials Tuesday to tomorrow. We’ve got some really great stuff coming. I don’t want to give it all away, but let me just say Star Wars, Batman and Skyrim-themed maps are on the list.

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Avatar Motocross Madness officially announced

Microsoft announced new XBLA title Avatar Motocross Madness in a press release, stating that players would be able to “Engage in intense MX racing, exploration and social competition. Fly over huge jumps and perform insane tricks in extreme off-road races, competing with your friends in the Bike Club async social network. Challenge your friends’ times, beat their scores and race against their ghosts to stay at the top of your club. Then take your bike to explore three vast environments: freestyle riding, collecting special items and discovering hidden secrets. Avatar Motocross Madness brings back all the fun and excitement of the original series in a whole new way.” No release date has been set.

Source: Engadget

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Dogfight 1942 to be released this year on XBLA, PSN, and Steam


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Developer City Interactive announced Dogfight 1942, a combat flight simulator to be released later this year on XBLA, PSN, and Steam. The game was originally intended to be released on retail as Combat Wings: Great Battles of World War II, but has since been changed to become a digital download.

Source: Joystiq

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Ascend: New Gods to use SmartGlass technology


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Ascend: New Gods, the recently announced XBLA game from Signal Studios has been revealed as one of the first games to utilise Microsoft’s new SmartGlass technology. The action-RPG game is said to feature an “Oracle” that brings up a minimap of the current dungeon that you’re in, the instant you enter it. You will also be able to check out the stats of a new boss or player that enters your world to inform your decision to fight or flee. Players will also be able to wage war against other gamers directly from their mobile phone, racking up power and prestige that can then be transferred over to your Xbox 360 console.

Source: Game Informer and AscendGame.com

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Worms Revolution gains WB as publisher


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Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment has partnered with developer Team17 to publish Worms RevolutionThis new installment to the Worms franchise will feature the classic turn-based warfare and crazy weapons, but will feature plenty of new upgrades such as a class system, 3D environments, and a brand new engine. The game will release this fall, and is playable at WB’s booth at this year’s E3.

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Deal of the Week: June 5 – June 11

It may be E3 week but here at XBLA Fan’s we’ve not forgotten about the regular stuff like Deal of the Week. This week doesn’t appear to have any sort of theme going on but does include 3 XBLA games. Firstly we have Sega Bass Fishing which has been reduced from 800 MSP to 400 MSP. Next up is Boulder Dash XL which also gets reduced to 400 MSP from 800 MSP. Lastly, Double Fine’s Kinect only Happy Action Theatre is reduced 50% from 800 MSP to 400 MSP. As always Deal of the Week is for Gold Members only.

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The Summer of Arcade is in this guy’s briefcase…for some reason


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Microsoft’s Summer of Arcade lineup was revealed earlier today as part of the console holder’s many Electronic Entertainment Expo announcements. Apparently just announcing the games wasn’t enough to get the point across, though, so now Microsoft has thrown together clips of all five SoA releases interspersed with footage of a dude with a briefcase running from dudes with guns.

The video does contain an actual tidbit of news that XBLA gamers will surely appreciate: anyone who purchases at least three of the five SoA games will be reimbursed 400 Microsoft Points. Many briefcase-carrying dudes died to bring you this deal.

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Minecraft has sold over 2 million copies on XBLA

The 4J Studios port of Mojang’s world-building PC title, Minecraft, has now sold more than 2 million units. “I guess I can officially mention Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition has crossed 2,000,000 in sales on XBLA!!” Chris Charla, portfolio director of Xbox Live Arcade excitedly tweeted earlier today. The game previously blew away Xbox Live Arcade sales records by selling more than a million copies in less than one week, an astonishing feat. It seems that Minecraft has no interest in slowing down any time soon.

Source: ioCat

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