Trials HD Archive


PSA: Trials Tuesday returns next week

From February to August of last year we ran a weekly segment called Trials HD Tuesday. We showcased one user-created track each Tuesday along with information on how to acquire it and our best time on the track. With Trials Evolution coming on April 18 we're resurrecting the feature as simply Trials Tuesday. Heh, we thought there wasn't a lot of reader interest, but we've had some questions about it returning from fans and even RedLynx.

The general format will remain the same. For the next two Tuesdays we'll feature Trials HD tracks. Following the release of Trials Evolution we'll shift the majority of our focus there. We hope to feature a Trials HD course monthly. We're hoping to post at least one Trials Evolution track every week and to feature a tutorial at least once a month as well. We'd also love to hear your suggestions on tracks to showcase.

Get your helmet on gang, it's time to ride.


Trials HD Easter Eggs may add up to something more

The following comes from a contributor who wishes to be simply known as Fatshady. Big thanks to Fatshady and the rest of the Trials HD community for all their hard work!

Every time I meet someone who has played or even heard of Trials HD, I mention the "Trials HD Riddle". The entire story about it I find totally fascinating, largely due tot he fact that the riddle has remained so well hidden. If you have ever played Trials HD, ask yourself this: Did you know that there were 18 unique Easter Eggs hidden within the tracks? Did you know these all connect to form a riddle that has remained unsolved for over two years? You didn't? Well read on my friend, you are in for an eye-opening experience.

When I reflect on just about any other game that has a large player base and numerous Easter Eggs, there are countless wiki's, YouTube videos and walkthroughs on most websites. Trials HD was played by over two million people yet the smallest percentage of them even know that there are secrets hidden amongst the tracks. What is even more astounding is that an even smaller percentage know that all of these combine to form one of the most elusive riddles found within a video game. With the upcoming sequel, Trials Evolution due to be released on April 18, I thought it was appropriate to share this riddle story one final time to ensure that one of the most fascinating aspects of 2009's 'Best Overall Game' is not forgotten about.

Most people simply don't believe that these clues have remained hidden for so long. I find that it is much easier to show them all so here is a recap of what we have found to date. To bring you up to date with the investigations, let me now go through these one by one and explain what we believe they are. This is a summary of the nearly 50 pages over at the official RedLynx forums regarding the riddle. Read it here

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RedLynx walks us through Dark City Run in Trials Evolution

The anticipation for Trials Evolution is insane but it's only two more weeks until you get your hands on it. Leading up to the weeks, RedLynx has been kind enough to send a video our way of one of the Extreme levels, Dark City Run. The level designer on Dark City Run walks us through the level and what kind of changes have been put in place since Trials HD. The dark, gritty style is said to resemble Sin City with shades of red around a black and white landscape. The level itself looks even trickier, with appropriate loops to be made and moving cars on the street. Don't forget about the power lines being down. One other cool tidbit is RedLynx will be posting Editor Tutorial Videos today, with up to 30 planned videos. We'll be posting them as well up until launch so be sure to mark April 18 off your calendar, it's going to be a bumpy ride.


Trials Evolution avatar items available in marketplace

A new collection of avatar items for Trials Evolution can now be found in the marketplace. Dress like the ultimate Trials player with hoodies, suits, bike helmets, and squirrel t-shirts. The coolest item is the Skiing Set prop; if you don't know what skis are doing in a motorbike game, check out the skill games in the newest trailer here. You can pick up the virtual threads here so you're avatar will be good and ready when Trials Evolution releases April 18, kicking off the Arcade Next promotion.


Trials Evolution rides into Limbo

Those of you with a keen eye might have noticed a certain limbo-esque feel to one of the Trials Evolution levels briefly shown in the Arcade Next promotion trailer. We went straight to the source to chat about it. There is in fact a level in Trials Evolution devoted to Limbo. Redlynx was a fan of the game and loved the art style and felt it would show off completely different feel and what the track editor can do. We have to agree.

In the past, we have highlighted some of the best user made levels in our Trials Tuesday feature, which should proudly return again after the launch of Trails Evolution on April 18th. Hopefully some of you enterprising builders can bring together a few more of our favorite titles in an awesome XBLA mash-up. I’d love to see someone find a way to pull off a Bastion, Splosion Man or Minecraft track. We expect the track building community to flourish now that Redlynx has made track sharing much simpler by removing the requirement that you must be friends with the track's creator to download his creation.

We had a chance to give the track a go at GDC and can honestly say it’s a total fan service to both Trials HD and Limbo. Not to ruin the fun, but Redlynx captured the mood from Playdead’s Limbo amazingly well and fans should see some familiar scenery. Playdead thought the level was awesome as well and gave their permission to include it in the game. If by some chance, you missed out of Trials HD, we highly suggest you pick the game up. There is a reason it is one of the top sellers on XBLA.

Are you planning on picking up Trials Evolution? What game would you like to see a track based upon. Let us know in the comments.


XBLA sales data for week beginning January 30

Worldwide Xbox Live Arcade sales data for the week beginning January 30 has been published revealing the top 20 games on XBLA and XBLIG. The Simpsons Arcade leads the pack ahead of Bastion, Fruit Ninja Kinect, the ever-popular Pinball FX2 and robot-brawler REAL STEEL, while a glut of mining games rule on XBLIG.

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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 »


Analyst firm reports 18% revenue growth for XBLA in 2011

Analyst firm Forecasting and Analyzing Digital Entertainment (FADE) has released a new report that shows XBLA revenue increased 18 percent last year to $144 million. From Dust, created by Eric Chahi (Another World) and developed by Ubisoft Montpellier, and The Behemoth's popular game Castle Crashers earned the most money with $4.6 million each in revenue off 308,000 and 335,000 units sold respectively. Microsoft Games Studio's Full House Poker moved the most units with 375,000 units sold but was fourth overall in revenue with $3.6 million.

From Dust was part of Microsoft's "Summer of Arcade" promotion and joins Bastion, Toy Soldiers: Cold War, and  Fruit Ninja Kinect among the top grossing XBLA games of 2011. In total, the Summer of Arcade games listed in the top ten sold over 1.1 million units and grossed $15 million in revenue. Hit the jump for the full list issued by FADE (ordered by units sold):

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Top selling XBLA games for 2011 revealed

Major Nelson has recently published the top selling XBLA games for 2011 and congratulations are in order for Zen Studios as Pinball FX2 was the number one seller last year. The list is comprised of both old and new releases with Castle Crashers still winning new fans in the number 3 spot, 3 years on from it initial release. Congratulations should also go out to Fruit Ninja Kinect for being not only the top Kinect seller but the top Summer of Arcade release. The list is based on full versions purchased between January 1, 2011 and December 31, 2011:

1: Pinball FX2
2: Full House Poker
3: Castle Crashers
4: Fruit Ninja Kinect
5: From Dust
6: Trials HD
7: Magic: The Gathering — Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012
9: Torchlight
10: Toy Soldiers: Cold War
11: Plants vs. Zombies
12: Portal: Still Alive
13: Bastion
15: Game Room
17: Peggle
18: Dungeons & Dragons Daggerdale
19: Battlefield 1943
20: Beyond Good & Evil HD

Source: Major Nelson

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