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Marketplace listing proves Deep Black isn’t sunk yet

Deep Black

For nearly two years, little information has been released on Biart Company and 505 Games’ Deep Black: Episode I, originally announced in July 2010. That kind of lag time might lead some to worry the game might never see the light of day, but it seems all hope is not lost – the Xbox Marketplace has put up a listing for the game on its website.

As the title suggests, Episode I is intended to be the first of a series of episodic releases in what’s been billed as a third-person shooter featuring “complex science-fiction mystery, espionage and bio-terror” and set almost entirely underwater. The game takes place in the not-too-distant future, in a world torn apart by terrorism and chaos. Neither pricing nor an official release date for Episode I is currently known – a previous Feb. 13 listing was merely a placeholder. The game will feature online multiplayer for up to eight players.

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Trials Evolution launching April 2012

Easily the most anticipated game amongst the XBLA and XBLA Fans community is Trials Evolution. The sequel to one of the biggest selling XBLA games, Trials HD, is hitting this April for you motorcycling lovers out there. Digital Spy recently revealed the date and had an interview with RedLynx about the development and had some interesting things to note, particularly with the addition of making first-person shooting levels.

“When we created the level editor, we didn’t have the idea to create a first-person shooter or a ball rolling game, but it just happened after experimentation,”

Read the interview here and look forward to sure-to-be blockbuster in April 2012.

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Quantum Conundrum entering our dimension this summer

Quantum Conundrum, the upcoming puzzler from Airtight Games under Portal creator Kim Swift’s helm is looking like a mighty fine logic-based puzzle game. Set in your uncles’s mansion, you play as a kid trying to find out what happened to your uncle. You’ll have to utilize various dimensions from fluffy to slowing down time to figure out all the puzzles. It didn’t have a confirmed release date but all the hinting has lead to a confirmed summer release with Square Enix publishing this year. With Mark of the Ninja from Klei and Deadlight from Tango Works, we’re looking at some pretty big games coming to XBLA this summer. Could it be a possible Summer of Arcade title? Glue yourself to XBLA Fans for more info as it develops.

Source: Square Enix

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Sega launching graffiti contest for Jet Set Radio’s XBLA release

We got the teaser last week but now we have full confirmation that Jet Set Radio is the next Dreamcast game coming to XBLA in HD glory this summer. Players will join a street gang against a corporate police force, tagging everywhere in sight with your graffiti skills. Sega has announced an upcoming contest where US and UK contestants will be able to enter their graffiti designs to show up in the game, up to eighteen new tags! You’ll be able to win some sweet swag like a portable Bluetooth sound system to a cool hoodie to two copies of the game. Check here for details and how to enter the contest. Ourselves and Professor K are excited to hear more about Jet Set Radio‘s return this summer.

Source: Sega

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New Diabolical Pitch screenshots bring the heat

Grasshopper Manufacture has released five new screenshots of their upcoming Kinect enabled baseball/horror hybrid Diabolical Pitch. For those unfamiliar Diabolical Pitch gives players control over a baseball player in an amusement park overrun by horrors. To fend off the game’s enemies, you’ll be throwing baseballs utilizing Kinect’s motion sensor. Think of it as a quasi-light gun game. One that has you throwing fastballs at guys wearing tiger masks. The madness can be kicked up a notch by playing the game with a friend in multiplayer mode, which allows you to combine forces and utilize different abilities and power ups. To take a look at the rest of the screenshots that Suda 51’s gang has tossed our way, click the link below.

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Avatar Awards: Week of 2/13

Diabolical Pitch will be the next game to feature Avatar awards. To see more XBLA-based Avatar awards, check out this link. If you want the latest Avatar award related news as it hits the scene, be sure to follow @AvatarAwards360 on Twitter.

Upcoming games: **Awards are the same for male and female unless specified

Diabolical Pitch – Baseball Shirt, Golden Spike Shoes, Crazy Tiger Mask

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Crimson Dragon officially debuted

Further information about upcoming XBLA game Crimson Dragon was revealed at an event in Tokyo yesterday. Previously known as Project Draco the kinect game was officially renamed at the event by lead developer at Grounding Inc, Yukio Futatsugi. We knew all about that already thanks to the Australian ratings board, but it was also revealed that the game plays as an on-rails shooter with online multiplayer co-op for up to three players. The game hosts six different dragon types to play with, each with different attributes and three of these were demonstrated at the event: the balanced “Blood Skin”, strong but slow “Dark Shoulder” and “Snow Wing” who excels in learning new skills. Futatsugi favoured Snow Wing, for its learning ability since new skills can be gained by eating food in the game, though it’s not guaranteed to take every time.

Famitsu also published a wealth of new screens for the game and you can check these out after the jump.

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Klei Entertainment announces Mark of the Ninja

Klei Entertainment just recently released Shank 2 this past month and we really liked it but what’s next for the Vancouver studio? In an update today, they announced their brand new game Mark of the Ninja, a stealth based action game with a similar style to their previous games. They’ve pulled back the emphasis on hardcore action for stealth which you can see on their website. You can go through a text adventure with the end providing a teaser of some gameplay with the ninja utilizing the environment to trap a guard, catch the trailer after the break (thanks to Vox Games for that). Mark of the Ninja sneaks to XBLA this summer.

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Rise from dust in this new Sine Mora teaser

Sine Mora is less than a month away and we’re booming with excitement over the shoot ‘em-up from Digital Reality and Grasshopper Manufacture. In this new teaser, we see the ship die…a lot. You’ll see all the various ways that enemies will attack you from bosses to beams to gigantic saws while narration plays over it. Check it out for yourself above and catch any Sine Mora coverage right here. It’ll be shooting up digital shelves exclusively on XBLA March 21 for 1200 MSP.

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Arena Shooters Reloaded in new Nexuiz launch trailer

XBLA House Party promotion continues on February 29 with the launch of Nexuiz for 800 MSP. To whet your appetite for the release, a new launch trailer was can be seen above showing the action packed gameplay of the first person shooter. In addition to the launch trailer, check out the extended coverage of the game in the video below. Nexuiz is a game that aims to reboot the classic genre of arena shooters and features over 100 different mutators to add to the excitement. Be sure to check out the release dates and prices of all the House Party games and our interview with Kedhrin Gonzalez from Illfonic where we speak about the game.

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