Diabolical Pitch, the Kinect-powered baseball game where you throw baseballs at giant tigers sounds like a crazy but somehow, normal concept to Grasshopper Manufacture. There was a marketplace listing that had a date but it was removed until Major Nelson confirmed the April 4 date himself after much of the Spring Showcase news was revealed. No word on pricing yet but this looks more around the 1200 MSP range but you never know. Make sure to catch this in your mitt when it lands in early April.
Valve has unveiled a fresh batch of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive screenshots that capture in stunning high-definition a few of the many awesome-macho-military-man poses you can pull when CS:GO launches this summer on XBLA. Stare with primal rage down the ironsights of a shotgun, take a moment to gaze pensively into the camera whilst clutching a grenade and, er, squat in the corner? Of course, that release date heralds from the mouth of Valve and so translates to a tentative pre-2020 release. Pew pew pew!
As part of their Spring Showcase, Microsoft has today unveiled an all new Kinect exclusive game for XBLA: Wreckateer. It’s being developed by Iron Galaxy, the studio that brought us Street Fighter III: Third Strike Online Edition and the gameplay is said to be similar to Angry Birds with players utilising a medieval catapult to fire an iron ball at a series of castles. We got a hint of the game earlier this year when a listing appeared on the Australian Classification Board. Strewth can’t anyone keep a secret these days?
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD, the HD remake of the classic skateboarding game, is coming to XBLA in the summer and we got a couple new screenshots off the official Facebook detailing a new level. Okay, it’s more of a enhanced version of School II from Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2. You can see the long rail, the pool great for vert tricks, and some of the higher railings up top where the secret tape (or DVD in this case) will be. It’s looking like a proper return-to-form from the series after dabbling with skateboard controllers. Tighten your trucks when it’s released in the summer.
IGN has snagged face-time with senior vice-president of South Park Studios Greg Kampanis, who provides commentary and a walkthrough of the level Depths of Hell from upcoming XBLA-exclusive South Park: Tenorman’s Revenge. The video offers a brief glimpse at the second South Park game to grace Xbox Live Arcade, which looks to feature a wagonload of head-jumping and trinket-collecting enriched with South Park’s acclaimed brand of humor.
Kampanis promises Tenorman’s Revenge will feature 22 levels based on locations like the Pi Pi waterpark and heaven with different paths for each of the four playable characters. Tenorman’s Revenge also features 4-player online and local co-op as well as the ability to grief your chums, much like in Rayman Origins.
If we had our parents fed to us under the fiction that they were chili, we’d be hankering for some revenge too. Tenorman’s Revenge is set to release this year.
Australian game developers Halfbrick have a lot to celebrate this week after the announcement that their hit XBLA game Fruit Ninja Kinect, has now exceeded 1 million downloads since it’s release in August last year. The game was also revealed to be the top selling title from last year’s Summer of Arcade promotion and it won the “Best Casual Game” category in the 2011 Interactive Achievement awards. Phil Larsen, chief marketing officer at Halfbrick released the following statement:
“Hitting 1 million downloads for XBLA is an awesome achievement. It’s a milestone that proves how with the right team and vision, a mobile game can be expanded into a much bigger franchise across new platforms and markets and be wildly successful!”
A Fruit Ninja Kinect code is included in every new copy of retail game The Gunstringer, but it is unclear how much this has affected the game’s success. Either way it’s great to see an XBLA game doing so well.
Fruit Ninja Kinect is available for download through Xbox LIVE Arcade for 800 MSP.
Joe Danger: Special Edition is probably one of the best motorcycle games on XBLA aside from Trials HD and while we’re getting Trials Evolution in the spring, summer is looking like big movie month and Joe Danger: The Movie is premiering shortly after from Hello Games. In the first developer commentary, we see Joe on a snowmobile escaping from missiles being shot at him from a helicopter. You’ll have to land on certain areas to dodge missiles and the hop technique will be your ultimate friend here. In the second commentary after the jump, Joe is a policeman going after a robber but he has commandeered a kid’s bicycle since his license has been revoked. You’ll have to race through busy streets while throwing newspapers at the perp in order to catch him. Joe Danger: The Movie is looking like a crazy sequel that adds more to the already great formula with the same track creation and multiplayer from the original with new movie focused scenes. Look for Joe on the red carpet for its release in the summer.
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With the recent news of a March release sometime for Minecraft on XBLA, we just got hold of a new developer commentary of the game from IGN. If you’ve never heard of Minecraft, the indie sensation about building and crafting objects and houses while staying alert from Creepers that will kill you is coming to our XBLA platform with a bunch of new features.
There’ll be a new tutorial mode for people who’ve never played the game will be able to fit in with the crafting system with the controller in their hand. Brand new to the game is split-screen where you can have two to four people playing split-screen and eight online with the ability to mix and match online and offline players. Sounds like a crazy concept and could lead to building some of the most epic towers. It’s also based on the 1.6.6 version but is looking to have updates but aren’t talking about the logistics yet. Look for this game hopefully sometime in March.
Another game that was announced a while back was Deadlight, an upcoming platformer from Tequila Works and published by Microsoft Game Studios. You play a lone wanderer in a post-apocalyptic Vancouver who must use wits and traps instead of brute force to attack your enemies and safely evade them. The whole game looks very reminiscent of Shadow Complex but with a bigger emphasis on that rotoscoped-style of platforming. The hero will use force against enemies when needed but it’s imperative to stay alive and just keep running. The game is looking to be hitting XBLA sometime in the summer so a possible Summer of Arcade release? We’ll keep you afloat of whatever Deadlight has to offer.
We haven’t heard a lot about Bloodforge recently, the upcoming hack-and-slash action/adventure from Climax Studios. That’s about to change with this new trailer for the game above. You’ll see some of the action you can do previously like hacking and slashing enemies to a bloody pulp but hammers? You can use those to bash your opponent to a bloody pulp this time. The trailer does include some new story parts regarding Crom, the lead character, on his quest for revenge after his family gets involved with the gods (sounds a little God of War-esque). There also is plans for Blood Duels where you compete with your friends scores in the leaderboards for most points in delivering the most damage. Catch Bloodforge release on digital shelves sometime this spring.