Alien Breed, Trials HD add-on dated for XBL

Microsoft lays out Live plans for rest of '09, daily discounts and Disney Avatar duds planned as Gears of War, Devil May Cry 4 land on Games on Demand.

Outside of Microsoft's Summer of Arcade promotions, the company rarely gives gamers much warning about exactly what will arrive for its online service and when. The holiday spirit has apparently warmed the cockles of the Xbox giant's heart, as today the company announced its Xbox Live release plans for the remainder of December.

It takes a serious motocross maniac to come back for more after what you put him through in Trials HD.

The selection of Xbox Live Arcade games will expand next week (December 16) with Alien Breed Evolution (Episode 1). An Unreal Engine-powered remake of the Amiga classic, Alien Breed Evolution is a top-down shooter that pits gamers against endless hordes of xenomorphs in cooperative or single-player action. Developed by Team 17 (the Worms series of strategy games), Alien Breed Evolution (Episode 1) will be available for 800 Microsoft points.

The next week will see developer Redlynx release the first add-on for Trials HD, its punishing downloadable motocross game from the most recent Summer of Arcade. The Big Pack! add-on will include 35 tracks, more than 50 new "physics objects," tournaments, and an extra 50 achievement points to earn. When it launches December 22, the Big Pack! will sell for 400 Microsoft points ($5).

The announced lineup of Games on Demand titles is a little more robust, starting with the December 15 downloadable launch of Viva Pinata: Party Animals. Gamers looking for something a little more explosive can wait for Capcom's December 22 one-two punch of Lost Planet: Extreme Condition Colonies Edition and Devil May Cry 4. Microsoft ends the Games on Demand year on a high note December 29 with the launch of Epic Games' Gears of War, one of the most successful 360-exclusive titles to date.

Microsoft is also rolling out some new promotions and goods for its Xbox Live Marketplace. Beginning today, gamers who log on can download an ugly holiday sweater, various bits of tokidoki gear, and a free holiday gift for their Avatars. And on December 24, the Avatar store will see an influx of Disney-related apparel with the launch of the Disney Classics line of releases.

Finally, Microsoft is instituting a series of daily deals on various games, add-ons, movies, themes, and other Marketplace content from December 18 through the end of the year. Those will come in addition to the service's weekly deals, which include price breaks on the Lips: Coldplay Track Pack, Pinball FX (week of December 14), Shadow Complex (week of December 21), and The Maw (week of December 28).

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Bufta
Bufta

@thenephariouson yep those games rocked too, add these to the list of hd conversions though: Vroom - Project X - Swiv - Turrican 1&2 - The Chaos Engine - Lotus 2 - Epic etc.......i only had the amiga 500 x 2 but it was an incredibly versatile machine.

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

I hope this is the beginning of a trend, and would love to see modern day versions of Night Lore, Carrier Command, Star Glider2 and Another World by Delphine. These games were in my opinion iconic and would make a refreshing change to the countless FPS/TPS games we are subjected to.

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

@Bufta, My A1200 was one of my favourite gaming platforms of all time: Carrier Command, StarGlider2, Frontier, Another World,...... and many-many more, not to mention Alien Breed. Suffice to say i will be getting this : )

Bufta
Bufta

Alien Breed on the Amiga that Raytraced intro looked Twelve kinds of awesome back in the day bet it still could hold its own today actually. AMIGA RULEZ!!!!

NANAQUICKSCOPE
NANAQUICKSCOPE

The original trials HD tracks were too easy i hope these are easier :)))))

darthvader1993
darthvader1993

Sweet, great news all around. And then I read the Disney part...

pedram007
pedram007

Team 17 and lads are back, wb!

education
education

Bring on the trials courses! I love that game! I hope its only hard and extreme courses. Myabe a couple mediums would be ok.

Petch1984
Petch1984

Alien Breed and Chaos Engine - two forgotten classics, they were the kings of co-op...I can't wait to leave my mates helpless to the alien horde again after 18 years.

Hugo_Fahkov
Hugo_Fahkov

Alien Breed??? Damn....now that's taking me back! Actually had it for my Amiga 500. Best damn pc's ever!!!!!!! Viva' la Amiga.

Shakezulah
Shakezulah

Alien Breed is looking pretty cool. I might have to get that one.

mightycloud
mightycloud

whoop Whoop! ALIEN BREED!!!! on of the best games ever, will be again.

games100
games100

Totally can't wait for the new 35 tracks for trials HD! I have 100% complete on it. Love that game. x

halosniper52
halosniper52

35 new tracks for trials HD for 5$ sounds great to me can't wait.

Petch1984
Petch1984

Alien Breed is going to be huge. No doubt whatsoever.

The_Dragon_Born
The_Dragon_Born

Yea what happened to Perfect Dark's winter release? How long does it really take to port the game?

gnrlstuart
gnrlstuart

what happened to perfect dark and joyride? why does MS only release 1 game a week?

Richardthe3rd
Richardthe3rd

Taking your girlfriend out? Pinball FX is a great way to spend the 10min-2hrs it takes her to get ready to go. Very solid Pinball Sim. Shadow Complex was pretty fun as well.

Rummy500
Rummy500

The only game I ever broke a controller and ceiling fan. TRUE story! But was SO fun.

x-2tha-z
x-2tha-z

Damn! I've already bought Pinball FX, Shadow Complex and The Maw. Would've been good to get them for cheaper when they're deal of the week. Oh well. If you haven't bought them yet, The Maw and Shadow Complex are awesome and well worth buying when they're on DOTW. Pinball FX is alright I suppose. Definitely check out the demo first, though.

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

Alien Breed was one of those dificult-as-hell games that kept me in front of the screen for so many hours... Really waiting to see the new version!

fatooosh
fatooosh

Perfect Dark & Joy Ride ?????????? T-T

frazzle00
frazzle00

Will definitely check out Alien Breed.

Asagea_888
Asagea_888

Alien Breed Evolution's an interesting one for me.

buft
buft

trials hd add-on sounds like good value for money and i hope this deal of the day thing continues on into next year as well.

dukerav
dukerav

I would really love to go back and try to finish Trials HD, but man being stuck still since release date on the last track of the hard difficulty really irks me. Still I suppose I will have to check out its upcoming dlc when it launches, sounds pretty cool.

Seto53
Seto53

More Trials, nice :)

okassar
okassar

ya I saw that triple pack at Gamestop my face was like :o bought it right away

cruandrew
cruandrew

why buy Lost Planet & Devil May Cry 4 for 20-30 bucks each when you can get the triple pack with dead rising, lost planet, devil may cry 4 all for 39.99....