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Industry Heavyweights Pledge Support for Xbox Live Arcade
14 Oct 2005 12:01 | Dusty | Xbox 360
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Peter Moore, corporate vice president of worldwide marketing and publishing for Xbox at Microsoft, will announce in his Digital Life keynote speech the highly-anticipated Xbox Live Arcade launch titles, as well as Xbox Live Arcade support by the world’s leading publishers including Midway Home Entertainment, Capcom, Electronic Arts, Vivendi Universal Games, Konami, SEGA, Namco and Hudson Soft.

“The next generation of Xbox Live Arcade for Xbox 360 will enhance the gaming experience for casual and competitive gamers alike, across the globe, providing something for everyone with world-class games and captivating content,” said Moore.

Xbox Live Arcade for Xbox 360 will launch in the U.S. and Canada on November 22, 2005, simultaneously with the North American launch of the Xbox 360 console. Similarly, the European and Japanese versions of Xbox Live Arcade for Xbox 360 will launch alongside the European and Japanese console launches on 2 December and 10 December, respectively. The next-generation Xbox Live Arcade online service will be fully integrated into the Xbox 360 Dashboard providing a central destination for Xbox 360 gamers to download new games, access their game collections, check out new releases and experience around-the-game features.

The Xbox Live Arcade for Xbox 360 launch portfolio will include the following titles through the Christmas holiday season 2005:

Astropop – Popcap Games

Bankshot Billiards 2™ – pixelStorm, Inc

Bejeweled 2 – Popcap Games

Crystal Quest – Stainless Games

Feeding Frenzy – Popcap Games

Gauntlet – Midway Home Entertainment

Geometry Wars 2 – Bizarre Creations

Hardwood Backgammon – Silver Creek Entertainment

Hardwood Hearts – Silver Creek Entertainment

Hardwood Spades – Silver Creek Entertainment

Hexic® HD – Microsoft Game Studios

Hoopworld – Streamline Studios

Jewel Quest – iWin.com

Joust – Midway Home Entertainment

Marble Blast Ultra – GarageGames

Mutant Storm Reloaded – PomPom Games

Outpost Kaloki – Wahoo Studios

Robotron 2084 – Midway Home Entertainment

SmashTV – Midway Home Entertainment

Wik: Fable of Souls – Reflexive Entertainment

Zuma – Popcap Games

As an added bonus, the full version of “Hexic HD,” the Xbox Live Arcade puzzle game, will be included free of charge with every Xbox 360 System at launch. Designed by world famous Tetris® creator Alexey Pajitnov, “Hexic HD” will be preloaded on the Xbox 360 hard drive.

Additionally, Peter Moore will announce that more than 40 publishers and developers have signed on to support Xbox Live Arcade for Xbox 360 with game titles. These partners include:

Atari

Bizarre Creations

Capcom

Codemasters

CTXM

Digital Eclipse

Electronic Arts

Empire Interactive

Gaia Studios

GameHouse Studios

Garage Games

Gastronaut Studios

Hamster

Harmonix

HipSoft

Hudson Soft

iWin

Konami

Llamasoft

Load, Inc

Mad Doc Software

Majesco

Microsoft Game Studios

Midway Home Entertainment

Mumbo Jumbo (United Developers)

Naked Sky Entertainment

Namco

Oberon Media

Pick Up And Play

pixelStorm, Inc

PlayFirst

PomPom Games

Popcap Games

Q Entertainment

RealNetworks, Inc

Reflexive Entertainment

Secret Lair Studios

SEGA

Silver Creek Entertainment

SNK Playmore

Stainless Games

Streamline Studios

Tik Games

Ubisoft

uWink

Vivendi Universal Games

Wahoo Studios

Wanako Games

Wild Tangent

Xbox Live Arcade for Xbox 360 will consistently release new games to the service for gamers to download, with 35 titles planned by summer 2006. Gamers can choose from a variety of genres including action arcade titles, coin-op and retro classics, puzzle games, casual sports games, light strategy titles and card & board games. Games will come from the world’s leading publishers as well as console developers, downloadable game shops and smaller developers alike, creating a great mix of classic favorites and truly innovative titles for the gamer to choose from.

“We’re proud to be part of Xbox Live Arcade on Xbox 360, the world’s first and only destination where gamers can find, download and buy smaller games directly to their console,” said Scott A. Steinberg, Vice President of Marketing, SEGA of America, Inc. “Retro, casual and hardcore gamers will be pleased to have access to the selection of quality SEGA titles we plan to offer via the new Xbox Live Arcade.”

Xbox Live Arcade is powered by Xbox Live Marketplace, enabling gamers to quickly and easily download and unlock Xbox Live Arcade games. Every game in the Xbox Live Arcade will have a free, fully playable trial version that any Xbox Live Gold or Silver member can download onto their hard drive or memory unit.

Note: Earlier this week (11 October 2005), Microsoft and RealNetworks, Inc. announced plans to collaborate in the casual games arena. In this games partnership, RealNetworks will develop a series of new casual games for Xbox Live Arcade for Xbox 360.

Source: Microsoft







COMMENTS:

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1 - :)
Unregistered - WildAttorney 10.14.2005 12:07
I can't wait!

-WildAttorney (www.spinning360.com)


2 -
Unregistered - Eranix 10.14.2005 12:13
Sweet...Joust.

http://www.eranix.com


3 - WoW
bigjoe4 10.14.2005 12:14
DUDE!

4 - Arcade
Unregistered - Spooky 10.14.2005 12:17
Please release Sam Fox Strip Poker. Now that was a game !

5 - wohoo!!!!!!!!!
Unregistered - meoow 10.14.2005 12:25
Gauntlet OoOoOoOoOoOoOoOoOoOoOoO

holy shiptfrkrsrkghyird.


6 -
Unregistered - asdf 10.14.2005 12:26
Joust is hard as f*ck. I tried to play it one time and died many many horrible deaths.

7 - MS i love you!
Unregistered - meoow 10.14.2005 12:29
any word on the old fave kickstart coming out? that game pwned.
20 people on live with that music "drr drr drr d d d d drr drr d d drrr" WOOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!


8 -
Unregistered - silverback 10.14.2005 12:40
This is going to be huge. I don't think people realize how powerful the arcade addition is going to be for the 360. Yeehaaw...

9 - YAY
Unregistered - Nobody Important 10.14.2005 13:04
When I'm really busy, which is alot lately, I play arcade games like Collapse almost exclusively. This is GREAT news!

I'm excited as all hell about the next gen stuff, but this really seals the deal for me!


10 -
JsonHenry 10.14.2005 13:09
You know.. I am more excited about the Arcade more than I am any launch title, other maybe oblivion. Which is not a launch title anymore.

I guess I really wanna play Kameo too, but the Arcade is going to be a lot of fun.


11 -
skooby 10.14.2005 13:12
What is exciting about Arcade is it allows smaller publishers to get into the market. That is simply awesome.

Sometimes I want to just play SmashTV for 15 minutes without getting drawn into a long campaign game with my buddies...

This is tremendous news...


12 -
Gill 10.14.2005 13:12
Damn, I wish I had known this sooner. I'm gonna need to get a 2nd 360 or I'll be fighting my wife over it. I can't get her off of the damn computer now. Are there any support groups for Bejeweled and Zuma addicts?

13 -
JsonHenry 10.14.2005 13:24
Hopefully they add that game "Gish" to the line up. That game is addictive as hell.

14 -
Unregistered - Bukk 10.14.2005 13:33
Very good news, but I'd rather be kicking some serious a$ on Xbox Live then playing tetris in high def.

15 - NAMCO!!!
Unregistered - that one guy 10.14.2005 13:42
Namco!? That means some GALAGA goodness!!! YAY!

16 -
Unregistered - http://www.xbox360news.com/hapsMo/HAVAcms/HAVABlog/Blogs/AddComment.aspx?BlRecID=761&BackUrl=/blogs/newscom/hqs/blr_761.aspx 10.14.2005 13:51
Sounds good, but how much will these games cost?

17 -
Unregistered - http://www.xbox360news.com/hapsMo/HAVAcms/HAVABlog/Blogs/AddComment.aspx?BlRecID=761&BackUrl=/blogs/newscom/hqs/blr_761.aspx 10.14.2005 13:58
A bit too much, apparently :( http://money.cnn.com/2004/10/13/commentary/game_over/column_gaming/

18 - hey
Unregistered - Idon'tknow 10.14.2005 14:56
I have a good idea. Since they are going to have support from all these developers they should start their own form of gametap. You know they are going to sell xbox live point cards(or whatever) instead of having you use a credit card, maybe they can sell arcade cards too, make it like gametap where you can play any of the games you want with the subscription. Sorry if all that was hard to understand, I know I didn't word it very well.

19 - MS is in good shape
Unregistered - ninja0327 10.14.2005 15:21
this is like what nintendo will be offering, downloading classical old games.but MS xbox live arcade is better thanks to the power of live.this is a chance for smaller companies to show what they have.

peace


20 -
Unregistered - Sean 10.14.2005 18:54
General choas please sega please! on knees begging.

21 - neogeo
Unregistered - cg 10.14.2005 20:07
I hope MS add all of neogeo games to list

22 -
Unregistered - 360 gamer 10.14.2005 21:20
Gee, nobody here plays games on internet already? big whoop, You can find all kid of games online now of every shape form and fashion. you guys are acting like microsoft just created it or something, man, look around the net. Its been done.

23 - EA SPORTS, It's in the game!
Unregistered - SHaMROCK 73 10.14.2005 22:15
It says EA is going to provide content for Xbox Live Arcade! I wan't EA SPORTS NHL 92-98 playable over live! I would play that every single day, F#$% the new games!!!

24 - Comic Zone!
Unregistered - Zero-0 10.15.2005 05:24
Maybe we can see some comic zone on the Live Arcade! That was one of the funnest games I ever played. Did you guys forget about that?

25 -
joedaki 10.15.2005 05:39
sweet wonder if there will be a charge for the service

26 - Oh Please!!!!
trick5ter 10.15.2005 13:06
Please bring METAL SLUG series, teh estbay agme evar! Oh pleaseeeee!!!!!!!!!!

27 -
Unregistered - Ken Katuragi 10.15.2005 18:31
Wonderfull

I sugggest they better concentrate on bringin out real games


28 - Wild Tangent
Unregistered - archaeopteryx 10.16.2005 16:23
Hmm.. Wild Tangent is making games for it? Im sure it will be bundled with ungodly amounts of spyware, like all their "pc games".

29 - Codemasters...
Unregistered - MAk attack 10.17.2005 04:01
Codemasters games rock

Bring back ... Dizzy! :D the egg with boxing gloves for hands.,... :D


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