E3 2011: Bastion, From Dust headline Summer of Arcade

Microsoft's latest five-game Xbox Live block begins on July 20; Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet, Fruit Ninja, Toy Soldiers: Cold War also joining in.

LOS ANGELES--Microsoft didn't have much to say about games aimed exclusively at Xbox Live during its press conference this morning. However, following the event, the publisher rectified that fact, detailing the fourth annual Summer of Arcade Xbox Live promotion. The first of five games will arrive on July 20.

Bastion will be one of five games coming as part of Summer of Arcade.

Microsoft has yet to confirm the exact order of this year's Summer of Arcade promotion, but it did reveal which games Xbox 360 owners can expect. Signal Studios' will be following on from its 2010 Block Party success with Toy Soldiers: Cold War. Plastic army men again rule the day, as players engage in strategy-action hybrid gameplay set in the '80s. Cold War includes a co-op campaign, as well as a survival mode and minigames.

Fuelcell's Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet will also be party to Summer of Arcade. The side-scrolling 2D action adventure offers an imaginative look at the Shadow Planet worlds, playing home to surreal environments and deranged enemies.

Popular iOS title Fruit Ninja is also coming to the Xbox 360, and it will boast Kinect functionality. The popular casual game from Halfbrick has players using their arms to slice at waves of fruit as they appear onscreen.

Supergiant Games and Warner Bros. Interactive will also be adding Bastion to this year's Summer of Arcade. The role-playing game relies heavy on storytelling, offering more than 40 hand-painted environments that gamers explore to uncover the origins of Calamity, a civilization-destroying event. Befitting the RPG genre, Bastion also features numerous upgradeable weapons and a New Game Plus mode once the main story has been completed.

The fifth title coming to Summer of Arcade will be Ubisoft Montpellier's From Dust. Originally announced at Ubisoft's E3 2010 press conference, the game is a new take on the God game genre designed by Another World creator Eric Chahi. Players will control a tribe as it grapples with a primitive world, full of ancient artifacts and lost mystical powers.

Microsoft did not attach a price tag to any of the aforementioned titles.

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8 comments
DrMatta
DrMatta

Where is my Radiant Silvergun?!

GreG975
GreG975

The XBLA exclusives won't balance the lack of bigger licenses... M$ stop putting your money into the crappy Kinect and online stuff like (WTF??!) that thing to recommend ads to friends!!! I pay 60$ per year (that's more than 60$) so I'd like my money to be used for other things than voice control (why over the Kinect? A simple mic should work right?).

Squirrelatwar
Squirrelatwar

Eh for fruit ninja and cold war...really looking forward to From Dust and Bastion!

Ovirew
Ovirew

Bastion is pretty much a sure download for me. The game looks great.

TechnologoDoom
TechnologoDoom

Nice. I've been waiting for From Dust and Bastion for a while now.

Darqness
Darqness

As long as you get it on your platform why worry about it being disc-based? I will take a Shadow Complex XBLA EXCLUSIVE over a $60 disc-based game w/less than a 3rd of the replay value ANY day. Why should u care that you don't get a box? Would u trade Limbo fir most of the crap out on the market? Please.

Blankgen86
Blankgen86

I'm really excited for Bastion and From Dust, but seeing Fruit Ninja in here is disappointing. Summer of arcade is a great showcase for games a lot of people probably wouldn't know about. Fruit Ninja already has a large audience on the iPhone, there must have been a lesser known--and more deserving--game to fill this spot in the line-up.

IceJester45
IceJester45

Looks like XBLA will be picking up a lot of slack for Microsoft for yet another year. I was satisfied with the Kinect stuff announced at E3, but gamers who like their standard controllers aren't getting many exclusive, disc-based titles over the next year....unless they own a PS3.