Microsoft Details Next Month’s “Arcade Next” Promotion for XBLA
Hot off the heels of their recent House Party promotion, Microsoft has announced a new campaign for some upcoming Xbox LIVE Arcade releases. Dubbed the “Arcade Next” promotion, the campaign will begin next month and will feature some high-profile titles including Trials Evolution and Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition.
Starting April 18, Ubisoft and RedLynx will release a follow-up to their popular 2009 title Trials HD with Trials Evolution. The sequel will feature improvements on the mechanics of it’s predecessor, all-new multiplayer modes, different locales, a level and game editor that looks to be influenced by PlayStation 3 hit Little Big Planet and more.
The following week sees Climax Studios’ (Silent Hill: Origins) new action title Bloodforge debut. Set in an ancient world of myth and legend, Gods rule with vicious tribes sworn allegiance. You play Crom who is a former warrior out for (wait for it) revenge in a brutal yet beautiful new title. Slaughter hordes of demonic soldiers, deformed worshippers, and the Gods themselves using ferocious rage kills, devastating rune attacks, and furious weapon combos. The game looks to be similar to God of War and kind of reminds me of the PS2 title Mark of Kri.
May 2 sees Lionhead Studios Fable Heroes release, the spin-off from the Microsoft developer’s action RPG franchise Fable. This spin-off has four players playing both cooperatively and competitively in this hack-and-slash adventure. Work together as heroes of Albion to defeat familiar foes and new enemies while collecting as many gold coins as possible to unlock upgrades, characters, and items in both this game and Fable: The Journey when it releases for the Kinect.
Ending the promotion is the highly anticipated Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition, a port of Mojang’s beloved indie game. Developed by 4J Studios, the game will add a new crafting interface, a full tutorial mode, split-screen multiplayer, and more. The game will be released in 1.0 or 1.1 initially for the Xbox 360 and will be sold for 1600 Microsoft points ($20).
Each of these titles are being released under Microsoft Studios themselves so they’re all obviously Xbox 360 exclusives. There’s been no word as to whether there will be a special promotion for buying all four titles like what regularly happens during the Summer of Arcade but we’ll definitely keep you updated when details come in. It’s also nice to note that these four will be the first games to have a total of 400 achievement points to earn doubling the original XBLA cap of 200.