Alex Garden, the General Manager of Xbox Live, responded to the bevy of Live account security issues that have arisen these past months largely thanks to an exploit in FIFA 12. “While we here at Xbox have no evidence of a security breach in the Xbox LIVE service,” said Garden, “that is of little comfort to our members whose accounts have been compromised by malicious and illegal attacks.” By directly addressing the problem Garden took a decidedly different approach than Microsoft employed when they silently updated XBL security last month.
Continuing the barrage of sales news, publisher Square Enix has lowered the price of two if its games on Xbox Live Arcade. Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, previously 1200 MSP, is currently available at half that price while Puzzle Arcade has been slashed to 400 MSP.
Guardian of Light was well recieved when it launched as part of Summer of Arcade 2010; the twin-stick action/shooter earning a respectable Metacritic score of 85. Ctxm/Say Design’s Puzzle Arcade - a game about solving jigsaw puzzles - fared less favourably way back in 2008, but there’s always the free demo.
Reverb Publishing (Dungeon Defenders) announced today that Sanctum 2 is in development at Coffee Stain Studios for XBLA, PSN and PC. The game is a direct sequel to April 2011′s Sanctum (pictured above), which was a mix of the FPS and tower-defense genres. Speaking with Joystiq, the publisher stated that they are targeting a 2013 release.
Deal of the Week this week sees discounts for gold members on Crimson Alliance. From February 7 – 13 each character gets 30% off the full price, or you can purchase all 3 in the All Class Pack for 800 MSP:
It’s also worth noting that NBA JAM: On Fire Edition is also on sale this week for gold members only. The game receives a 33% discount taking it from 1200 MSP down to 800 MSP. It’s not listed as an official Deal of the Week but we suspect it may be the Gold Family Pack deal. There’s no mention of how long it will be discounted for so we’d suggest you get in quick if it takes your fancy.
Not to mention Amazon typically sells Microsoft Points for slightly cheaper (5% off at the time of posting) than on the Xbox Live Marketplace.
If you’re a fan of games cheaper than before, you’re in luck since we got some recently reduced titles for you for the month of February. First, the original Shank has gone down from 1200 to 800 MSP, the same price as its upcoming sequel being released this Wednesday. Next up, we have Bloodrayne: Betryal which was on sale for a brief time during the holidays, stays at a price of 800 MSP from 1200. Lastly, Swarm‘s hilarious platforming with tons of swarmites is sitting at 400 MSP from 800. There’s plenty to like here if you like slicing or platforming.
It’s also worth noting Amazon typically sells Microsoft Points for slightly cheaper (5% off at the time of posting) than on the Xbox Live Marketplace.
Epic Quest, the latest in a long line of additions to the hugely popular Pinball FX2 platform, is set to launch February 15, developer Zen Studios has announced. Zen unveiled its new table last week and said that it would play on hallmark RPG conventions, with character progression and a levelling system promised alongside the pinball.
Hit the jump for the reveal trailer.
Update: Monolith has confirmed via Twitter that the downloadable content currently available on the Xbox Marketplace will also be available to unlock in-game:
“You can still unlock the stuff as you did in the beta, but you can also purchase. Your choice!”
Also confirmed, none of the pieces will impact on gameplay:
“It’s cosmetics. Costumes and calling cards don’t affect gameplay”
Original story: Over 100 pieces of downloadable content for Monolith Production’s online shooter Gotham City Impostors have been made available on the Xbox Marketplace ahead of its launch tomorrow.
FortressCraft (think Minecraft, only more, you know, fortress-ey) has become the first independent title released on Xbox Live to eclipse the $2 million USD sales mark. For those readers residing outside the U.S., that is the equivalent of 160 million Microsoft Points. DjArcas, the game’s creator, described the sales figures as “pretty crazy” over Twitter.
This isn’t the first XBLIG high-water mark that FortressCraft has set, either: the April 2011 release also reached the $1 million USD sales plateau ahead of its competition this past August.
Source: Nerd Vice
Hawken, the upcoming mech title from Adhesive Games, is no longer Xbox-bound. Adhesive announced today that the title will head exclusively to the PC as a free-to-play game in December of this year. It will be published by Meteor Entertainment, which is actually a division of Adhesive.
Kung-Fu Strike: The Warrior’s Rise has been officially rated by the ESRB. Due to the games animated blood and violence, the title received a “Teen” rating.
For those unfamiliar with Kung-Fu Strike: The Warrior’s Rise, the title is an action-fighting game where players take control of a kung-fu master as he embarks on a quest to test his fighting skills. Players will use various punches, kicks, and combo attacks to defeat enemy combatants. According to a screenshot of the main menu, the game appears as though it will have multiplayer, leaderboards and downloadable content. No official release date has been revealed.