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Trials Evolution leaked online

Trials Evolution, the long-awaited sequel to XBLA hit Trials HD was last night leaked on a number of file-sharing websites. Gameplay videos of the leaked version were also being uploaded to Youtube but have since been removed. Developers RedLynx responded on the game’s official forums:

Unfortunately there has been some unofficial information coming out ahead of the development process. We assure you we are aware of these and will be tackling the issue with our partners.

Here is an important thing for you to know: the leaked version does not have any online functionality, which is crucial to the Trials experience. Lead boards, friend challenges, online multiplayer and global track sharing are all fundamental features of the game which cannot be fully experience ahead of launch. Even single player uses an asynchronous multiplayer feature in a new way. Without these core online features, the game cannot be experience properly before launch.

We’re continuing to polish and finish up the game, and we’ll have a new trailer coming soon which will give people a much better look into everything the game will hold and when they can expect to see it.

Along these lines, please keep in mind these policies:
• Do not post links to illegal copies of games, movies or other copyright material.
• That includes links to videos from leaked versions of our games

Thank you for your patience and your support. We assure you the wait will be worth it.

The PC version of Trials 2 SE was also “leaked” onto torrent sites before its official release however this later turned out to be instigated by RedLynx themselves as a viral marketing tool. Trials Evolution is set to hit XBLA later this year.

Source: Eurogamer


XBLA brings in record revenue in 2011

Xbox Live Arcade brought in $144 million in 2011, making it the best year for the service yet. Leading the charts in 2011 were Castle Crashers and From Dust, as they grossed around $4.6 million each, and were both among the best selling XBLA games of the year. For the full list of best selling XBLA games of 2011 read the full article.  Read the rest of this entry »


Activision publishes Dark Reign for XBLIG

This cover surfaced earlier today and shows Dark Reign Redux, a previously published PC title, coming to Xbox through the Indie Games channel. What’s interesting about this cover is that the 800 pound gorilla publishing company Activision is apparently behind it. This would mark the first entrance to XBLIG for the company behind the Call of Duty franchise. This box art matches a cover for Dark Reign a real-time strategy (RTS) game originally published by Activision to the PC in 1997.

Activision is utilizing Auran for publishing support for Dark Reign Redux. According to their website this is the company’s first published game. The game will use the “revolutionary ‘Tactics Engine’ developed by Auran”. The website goes on to say that “Dark Reign features some of the most incredible technology seen in a strategy game to date” and “gives players an amazing level of detail and customization never before seen”.

To help develop the game is Magnetar Games a “primarily research-oriented developer” who has “developed a range of innovative technologies aimed at enhancing the game and simulation development paradigm.” Pick the game up here.

About Dark Reign:

“Dark Reign Redux is a modern remake of the classic 1997 real-time strategy game Dark Reign: The Future of War. Humans have fled a toxic, dying Earth to live in newly established colonies spread out across the known galaxy. Caught in the middle of an intense battle for power between the Imperium and the Freedom Guard, the Togran race is on the verge of extinction. Only you can change their fate.

Dark Reign Redux is a faithful remake of the original game, maintaining the same look and feel, and incorporating the many innovations that made the original game a top seller. Manage resources, build your army, design your attack, and guide your side to victory.”

Visit Magnetar Games here and Auran here.

Source: NeoGAF, Auran, Dark Reign Redux


Iron Brigade: Rise of the Martian Bear launching for 400 MSP

Brad Muir, project lead for Iron Brigade at Double Fine Productions, sent out a Tweet earlier today that the cost for Iron Brigade‘s newest DLC “Rise of the Martian Bear” has “been CONFIRMED for 400 Microsoft Points!”.  That  will get you four new maps (two that can be played in survival mode), one new boss fight, an expanded and enhanced arsenal, and additional customization options.

Joystiq reports there will be a title update as well which will allow cross functionality between players who have and players who do not have the DLC. “Rise of the Martian Bear” will launch on February 1st.

Source: Joystiq and @MrMooEar


Quarrel’s quarrel with the games industry

This week saw the XBLA release of Quarrel and while we wait to see how well it fairs with the XBLA crew, developers Denki talk about how difficult it was to get the game launched at all in their latest blog post:

“The problems only started once they’d passed Quarrel up the decision tree to their finance and marketing teams – the bit more commonly known as ‘The Industry’…However, one signal came through clearer than any other among the general noise of reasons why Quarrel wasn’t for them, and that was this: ‘Gamers don’t buy word games.’””

They also reveal how the game has been finished and ready for launch for around 2 years now, with the multiplayer XBLA version being what was originally designed. So who will win the the “Gamers vs The Industry” showdown? Denki’s money is obviously on that gamers do and will buy a word game and given the game’s success on the iPhone, it looks like they’ve already earned the “I told you so” rights. Quarrel was released on XBLA January 25 for 400 MSP. Why not download the trial and let us know what you think and remember to come back for our upcoming review to see what XBLAFans thought.

Source: Denki Blog


Learn how to play Sine Mora

Details galore for Sine Mora have come from the “how to pay” sheet now on the game’s Facebook page.  Time is vital for gameplay: checkpoints must be reached before the timer runs out, taking damage depletes your time, and time-based power-ups can slow down time. Primary weapons have 9 permanent upgrades, while sub-weapons are powerful but limited. There are a total of four game modes: a story mode with two levels of difficulty, the arcade mode which plays through story levels with more action and less cutscenes, the score attack mode made for short play, and boss training, allowing players to fight any boss without the worry of a game over screen. These are only the highlights, so be sure to check out the full sheet of information on Sine Mora‘s Facebook page and prepare for battle.

Source: Facebook


Rise of the Martian Bear deploying on XBLA February 1

We’re frothing at the mouth at the thought of returning to our mobile trenches in Iron Brigade. We’ve now set a date to stop Quaid on Mars…well, actually a martian bear in Rise of the Martian Bear. Brad Muir of Double Fine announced via Twitter that the DLC will be releasing on February 1, also the same day Happy Action Theater is releasing. No price is set but in a recent video, it was inferred it might be 400 MSP. Look out for a double dose of Double Fine next Wednesday on XBLA and stay tuned for a review and guide of the upcoming DLC on XBLAFans.


Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2 rated by ESRB

Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2 has been rated by the ESRB, receiving an “E for everyone” rating. This could mean that a release is imminent, and at the very least confirms that the game will come out at some point in the future.


A grenade launching deer leads Sine Mora’s resistance

Digital Reality and Grasshopper Manufacture have revealed the newest addition to the cast of their upcoming bullet hell shooter Sine Mora. This week’s hero goes by the name of Akyta Dryad. Akyta was a simple deer working as a paleoseismologist, studying rocks before the war broke out. Now on the run and leading a group of rebels against the empire, Akyta is known for wielding a grenade launcher, and for her distinctly attractive tail. We hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s segment of Sine Mora‘s Crazy Cast and we hope to see you back again for the show next week!


USAF officer in Afghanistan receives physical copy of Bastion

Reddit user “bolivar-shagnasty” is currently serving his country as an officer in the United States Air Force stationed in Afghanistan where the internet is “disgustingly slow and it costs so much that it seems like price gouging.” Undaunted, he attempted to download some indie games through both Steam and Direct2Drive. It was a no-go on both fronts. Yet the airmen wasn’t about to let a little thing like that prevent him enjoying Supergiant’s download-only Bastion.

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