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New Skulls of the Shogun trailer released for E3

17-BIT, formerly known as Haunted Temple Studios, have released a new E3 trailer for their upcoming strategy title Skulls of the Shogun. Those lucky enough to be attending E3 this year will also be able to try it out for themselves at the Microsoft booth. The game is set to release cross-platform on XBLA, Windows 8 and Windows Phone, though no solid release date has been announced. Gameplay is said to be turn-based strategy and features 4 player local and networked multiplayer. With it’s stunning colourful art style and vibrant characters, this one’s been on our radar for quite some time, and our own Nick Santangelo trialled it at Pax East this year. You can check out his thoughts in his extensive preview here.


One does not simply watch this Guardians of Middle-earth E3 2012 trailer

We brought you the news earlier that Monolith Productions was working on a brand new Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) game based on Lord of the Rings. They’ve finally unveiled their first trailer and we don’t see much in terms of gameplay but the CG trailer seems pretty indicative of how the game plays. First, you have your guardians like Gandalf or Gollum that’ll each play to certain preferences and buffs. They also all seem pretty protective of what they’re guarding, which they’ll need to keep alive in order to survive. We expect to see some gameplay footage at E3 2012, and XBLA Fans will be there to give it to you.


Jeremy McGrath’s Offroad coming June 27

Jeremy McGrath’s Offroad Racing will fishtail onto Xbox Live Arcade on June 27 for 800 Microsoft Points, says Reverb Publishing. Developed by 2XL Games, the off-road racing title features an eight-player multiplayer mode in addition to its career mode in which players live out McGrath’s attempts to capture the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series’ Pro2 championship. Reverb promises the game will feature “dynamic interactions between all competing vehicles so players can see and feel the impact of mid-race collisions.”


Happy Wars making North American debut at E3

Japanese developer Toylogic announced today that its 15 vs. 15 online action title for XBLA, Happy Wars, will be making its first public appearance in North America at next week’s Electronic Entertainment Expo in L.A. Any readers who may be attending can find the title at Microsoft’s booth in the West Hall of the Los Angeles Convention Center. Those not fortunate enough to be attending will be able to read all about it right here, as XBLA Fans will be going hands-on with the title on the show floor and returning with a full report.

Happy Wars lets players take on one of three classes (warrior, mage or cleric) while battling it out with up to 29 others over Xbox Live. The game also features a single-player campaign that challenges gamers to occupy towers while besieging enemy castles.


Fez’s dimension-shifting moved 100,000 copies

Fez, the dimension-shifting platformer from Phil Fish and co. at Polytron has sold over 100,000 copies to date. Polytron released the announcement today in a great little picture on their official website. If you still haven’t played the well-revered platformer, check out our review and if you’re still having troubles with those Anti-Cubes, we got an amazingly formatted guide for one of the best XBLA games of the year.


Quantum Conundrum E3 2012 trailer

Quantum Conundrum is looking like a pretty solid first person puzzle game. The gameplay and graphics come from some of the same folks who brought us Portal: Still Alive. With a trailer like this and such a strong pedigree our expectations are sky high. Whereas Portal had a rather dark feel this seems much more light and funny. We suspect that the puzzles will still be rather devious though. It is scheduled to release sometime this summer so keep your eyes open for more information as it becomes available.


Amazon Instant Video comes to Xbox 360

Ever look at the collection of video streaming apps available on Xbox Live and think to yourself, “You know? This could use more apps.” If so, you’re in luck – Amazon Instant Video is now available on the Xbox 360.

The app, available on the Video Apps marketplace starting today, opens opens up Amazon Prime’s library of streaming video, which Amazon says is over 17,000.It also offers customers the ability to purchase from Amazon’s library of over 120,000 movies and TV episodes, Prime customer or not.

The app comes to the Xbox nearly two months after it hit the PlayStation 3. As with many other video apps, Microsoft’s Kinect functionality is also part of the package, meaning you’ll get to shout out your commands just like you can with Netflix. The app is available only to Gold subscribers as long as you’ve got a separate subscription to the streaming service as well – again, just like other video apps like Netflix and Hulu Plus.


The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing teaser trailer

We reported a few weeks ago that The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing was coming to XBLA. The first trailer is out now and it certainly is a teaser. Nothing in the way of gameplay is shown but it sets the tone for the game very well. Van Helsing and Count Dracula come toe to toe for a showdown, smile at one another and then … to be continued. The game is scheduled for a fourth quarter release so we expect to see more info forthcoming soon.



Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds announced for XBLA

Famitsu has revealed that Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds is headed to Xbox Live Arcade in 2013, reports Andriasang. Battle Grounds is a side-scrolling action title from developer 5pb, who created the original Phantom Breaker (pictured above), an Xbox 360 fighting game that hit Japanese retail shelves in 2011 and is scheduled for a North American release on June 12.

Gamers will be able to team up in four-player co-op and take on the roles of the various characters from the original. The game will retain the 2D graphics from its predecessor but is believed to feature two planes that players can jump between by tapping up or down twice on the left analog stick.

Source: Andriasang


MOBA-style Lord of the Rings game coming to XBLA with Guardians of Middle-earth

Monolith Productions, the team behind the recent Gotham City Impostors is looking to the MOBA genre for their next title. They also have a huge license behind them for it with Lord of the Rings franchise and will also feature tie-ins to upcoming film adaptation of The Hobbit. Put them together and you got Guardians of Middle-earth. It’ll feature 20 iconic characters from Gollum to Gandalf in 5-on-5 PVP battles with a robust online system. Players will be able to communicate through chat and leaderboard systems. Each character will have different abilities and you’ll be able to obtain items and buffs between matches. Samantha Ryan, Senior Vice President of Production And Development at Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment said this about putting LOTR characters in a MOBA game:

“The heroes and villains of Middle-earth are crafted in a way that perfectly intersects with MOBA game features, allowing the development team to create guardians with deep skills and abilities for gamers to master.”

We don’t have any more information beyond the logo and the website but the game will be shown at E3 next week and XBLA Fans will be there.

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