Beyond Good & Evil attending Microsoft's House Party

Ubisoft's action adventure HD remake joins Torchlight, Bejeweled Blitz Live on XBLA beginning in February; Fable III Coin Golf, Game Room, more calling Windows Phone 7.

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As part of its keynote press conference at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Microsoft unveiled its latest lineup of downloadable titles for its Xbox 360 console, Windows Phone 7, and Windows PCs.

Microsoft is throwing a raging house party next month.

The publisher is leading with its second annual Xbox Live Arcade House Party on February 16 with Konami's 2D side-scrolling action title Hard Corps: Uprising.

Microsoft did not provide specific release windows for the remaining House Party titles, saying only that they would follow over a period of four weeks. These titles include Full House Poker, an interactive poker game that will see users compete over Xbox Live in two-player games and 30-player tournaments; Bejeweled Blitz Live, the PopCap Games gem-matching title with a new, 16-player party mode over Xbox Live; Ubisoft's full-HD remastered action adventure title Beyond Good & Evil HD; and the Runic Games-developed Torchlight, coming to Microsoft's console with revamped controls as well as new armour and quests.

Windows Phone 7 also factored in heavily to the publisher's CES presence, and Microsoft followed the show by announcing a slate of new titles for the platform. Fable III Coin Golf leads this list, and it is a puzzle title based on traditional British pub games that lets users earn gold and unlock new skills and abilities that transfer back to Fable III. Microsoft will also be bringing Xbox Live's Game Room to its mobile platform, which offers classic arcade titles such as Centipede, Asteroids Deluxe, Shao-Lin's Road, Time Pilot, Lunar Lander, and Pitfall.

Other Windows Phone 7 releases slated for the future include Full House Poker; Pac-Man, which will let users utilise the virtual analog "Pac-Pad" controls for the Windows phone; Konami's Pro Evolution Soccer; and Ngmoco's popular Pocket God, a game about moral choices on an island full of pygmies.

The publisher also reiterated earlier announcements that both Age of Empires: Online and Fable III would be coming to Windows PCs.

For more CES news, make sure you check out GameSpot's official coverage.

Discussion

43 comments
chevro1et
chevro1et

Looking forward to Torchlight especially, prolly snag Beyond Good & Evil at some point as well.

suprsolider
suprsolider

I have played Kinnect and it sucks. I have played 360 and it sucks. You xbots should get a REAL console. One that is reliable.

Silvi-Edi
Silvi-Edi

Awesome to be getting BG&E HD and Torchlight within a couple of weeks of each other. Will keep us all busy until the end of Q1 and Q2 when some of the big titles are getting released...

shadow9669
shadow9669

Hurray i get to play Beyond Good & Evil again and in HD but still i Want Beyond Good & Evil 2.

Pete5506
Pete5506

I loved Beyond Good & Evil, I will be downloading this for sure

GAMECAMILLER
GAMECAMILLER

Now that's a lineup of some great titles!

IceJester45
IceJester45

Ehh...XBLA continues to dominate my wallet.

nickythenewt21
nickythenewt21

Beyond Good & Evil?! I've been waiting for the HD remake for quite awhile. I'm definitely going to get it.

TheLemonGelati
TheLemonGelati

Funny, one of my most anticipated games of this year is a HD remake:). It'd be cool if they included some hidden trailer for BG&E2 at the end of the game, or for unlocking all of the trophies.. like the Sly collection did with Sly 4.

sonicphoto
sonicphoto

Wooo beyond good and evil, come on people buy it so we can have that sequel!!!

HonorOfGod
HonorOfGod

With all these Xbox's being sold I am willing to bet Square Enix will in fact port FFVersus13. At first I wish it was not the case but now I am kinda glad.. I don't know this for sure the I have read a few articles with interviews on SE stating they wanted to. Anywhoo this is awesome.

Ryozo
Ryozo

BG&E HD? Torchlight? This sounds like a house party worth the price of admission.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

@pszone @suprsolider Why dude, why (x2). Why do you just go and spew nonsensical hatred towards a system you likely have never even played? Go troll on 1up.com. You'd fit in better there.

pszone
pszone

ya beyond good and evil comeing to psn as well dumb xbox360 it will do well on ps3

Shardz7
Shardz7

Windows Phone 7? They couldn't have picked a sexy name for it or anything? If their idea is bringing Windows 7 to a cell phone, I think I'll pass on that calamity. I have enough problems as it is. And a big win for Torchlight...I'm glad to see Runic spreading some magic on the console platform, too. Just keep making the PC versions first and there won't be any bad blood. :)

monson21502
monson21502

are these games free??? im hoping to get a new hd for my 360 4gig slim by the time these release

suprsolider
suprsolider

360 still sucks. Doesn't change anything

red-ray
red-ray

Time for a windows phone 7, goodbye android.

Rob_101
Rob_101

ooo sounds good. always wanted to play this one ;)

cmacinnis
cmacinnis

YES! Can't wait to play this one again. CARLSON AND PETERS!

bryan220
bryan220

Can't wait to play through BG&E once again!

penpusher
penpusher

@squidracerX I wouldnt be to bothered about it dude, when they say HD remastering they arent going to be giving it a total graphics overhall. Most they'll do is upscale the game to better suit HD resolutions and sharpen up textures and certain other things to make it look a bit prettier like they did with perfect dark ... but I wouldnt feel to bad about playing through the ps2 version

squidracerX
squidracerX

hahaha oh no, i still have my PS2 copy of Beyond Good and Evil sitting on the shelf, should I play that first or just skip it now and get the HD edition? I guess I will wait to see if they added anything or just improved graphics? Either way this will get me to finally play it!

shaun_ofda_dead
shaun_ofda_dead

As excited as I am to hear how soon Beyond Good and Evil will be arriving, I can't help but be cynical and think that it's not going to sell many copies :? Day one purchase for me nevertheless, and I hope that others will take up this excellent game as well.

drokmore
drokmore

Maybe Fable III will run better on a PC

IrshDrkWlf
IrshDrkWlf

I am planning on getting Beyond Good and Evil HD at some point on my PS3 hopefully upon its release day.

Cwagmire21
Cwagmire21

I'm not missing out on Beyond Good and Evil this time. Torchlight should be good too. Already have it on my computer but I'll see how many additions are actually given. EDIT: Read through too fast, a new AOE!? But not by Ensemble Studios - I won't get excited yet then.

thebanewolf
thebanewolf

@NeonNinja Why did you have to remind me that they are going to use GFWL ): That means no Steam either Dx I hope I'll be able to play Coin Golf on my phone which has Windows Mobile. Any takes?

UbdU
UbdU

Pygmy oppression and subjugation for the lose.

COPMAN221
COPMAN221

Beyond Good & Evil HD for the win!

ironmonk36
ironmonk36

Can't wait for Torchlight. I would have loved it on PC but I hate playing games by pointing a mouse. (or Wiimote) No offense PC guys

Richardthe3rd
Richardthe3rd

Hard Core looks really cool. I'll definitely be grabbing that.

dark_rising76
dark_rising76

I've always wanted to play Torchlight when it came out on PC, good that it'll be on Xbox Live now.

DCUltrapro
DCUltrapro

Can't wait for the Beyond Good And Evil remake, bring on BGAE2!!!

NeonNinja
NeonNinja

I'm glad Fable III is coming to PC. As long as it doesn't require GFWL, I'll be picking up the PC version to show MS I want them to put stuff on both the 360 and the PC. They have Xbox and Windows and it's a shame that they've been generally ignoring PC for awhile. So let's see this Fable III already!

TheHappyCamper
TheHappyCamper

Thats awesome news! I was just starting to wonder (if/)when BG&E HD and Torchlight were coming out. Both games are great. If you didnt play Torchlight for the PC and are a fan of Diablo type games, you should really give it a try. Its good to know I only have to wait til the end of March.

valent1n
valent1n

microsoft is changing its dev lane ?

TheArcade
TheArcade

Beyond Good and Evil? Score.

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

Fable 3 was crap. BG&E HD sounds good. I never finished it so I'll definitely buy the 360 version.

flipin_jackass
flipin_jackass

Good to hear them re-confirm Fable 3 coming to PC. This is the first of me hearing about AoE:O. Why did MS shut down Ensemble Studios again?