Minecraft's May 9 debut to cap XBLA 'Arcade Next'

Microsoft's spring downloadable game promotion to include Fable Heroes launching May 2, Trials Evolution on April 18, Bloodforge on April 25.

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Minecraft will finally arrive on the Xbox 360 May 9. Microsoft today confirmed that the hit PC game will headline its next Xbox Live Arcade seasonal promotion and detailed launch plans for Trials Evolution, Bloodforge, and Fable Heroes.

Coming soon to Xbox 360.

The Arcade Next spring downloadable game drive will kick off April 18 with the release of Trials Evolution, the latest motorcycle obstacle course offering from RedLynx. Following up on the developer's previous XBLA effort Trials HD, Evolution will include outdoor environments, customizable bikes, and the ability to build and share new tracks. Trials Evolution will sell for 1,200 Microsoft points ($15).

Climax's Bloodforge is the second game in Arcade Next, set for an April 25 debut. A gore-drenched action game, Bloodforge follows the warrior Crom on his quest for vengeance against the demons and gods who killed his family. Rated M for Mature, Bloodforge will be available for 1,200 Microsoft points ($15).

The third title in Arcade Next is Fable Heroes, the first Lionhead Studios release since Peter Molyneux's departure from the development house. Scheduled for a May 2 launch, Fable Heroes is a hack-and-slash action game that supports four players through competitive and cooperative modes playable locally or across Xbox Live. Players will fight familiar foes of Albion together, while competing with friends to collect the most gold coins along the way. Fable Heroes will be the least expensive of the Arcade Next offerings, selling for 800 Microsoft points ($10).

Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition will anchor the lineup debuting May 9 with a 1,600 Microsoft point ($20) price attached. Already a phenomenal success on the PC, Mojang's open-world construction game will add Kinect support via a postlaunch patch. Development of the port is being handled by 4J Studios, the outfit behind Xbox 360 versions of Perfect Dark and the Banjo-Kazooie games.

Discussion

38 comments
Ultra_Taco
Ultra_Taco

@Bearbear12 Very true, but I find it funny that I make a comment about that same thing and I get raged at :)

Ultra_Taco
Ultra_Taco

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zaiwen
zaiwen

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Ultra_Taco
Ultra_Taco

@zaiwen Umm, I'm not sure you won according to the look on your profile pic :P

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Ultra_Taco

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zaiwen
zaiwen

@Ultra_Taco who cares.. i got it for free & in that sense i win & you FAIL

Ultra_Taco
Ultra_Taco

@zaiwen umm it cost $20 on the PC originally, lol

Bearbear12
Bearbear12

Minecraft is the right priced its 27$ on the PC with mods and stuff but cheaper on xbox because of less stuff no mods and less players

DitchyJ
DitchyJ

Awesome, Im getting it...deffo worth it.

SauhlGood
SauhlGood

wow he speaks out against steam (cheap prices), but hitches up to XBLA' eyegouge...

DrMatta
DrMatta

1600MSP? Does he really need those 400 extra?

zaiwen
zaiwen

just coz its popular on pc, doesnt give u the right to charge $20 for it u greedy dogs

TezzaMM
TezzaMM

For some reason I thought Minecraft's release date was April and not May :( Ah well, this is a must have for me. Be interesting to see how they deal with the server hosting and whether each player can take their own copy of the world data.

Witchsight
Witchsight

Funny... I played minecraft when it was free, and didnt want to spend 12$ on it for PC. Now i am totally willing to spend 20$ to play it on 360. I really have become a console gamer again. What the hell happened to me.

Dark_Arcitekt
Dark_Arcitekt

I love Minecraft to death.Heck 20$ is good for this game,although vanilla/no mods.But what I see here is Micro$ofts first attempt to raise normal 1200 games to 1600 games and i'm not lending a hand to that. I'll keep playing it on the PC until they have a deal/point drop on it.Mark my words.If it sells a lot at 1600 MSP....be ready to start seeing 1600 a lot more.

jasonzilla11
jasonzilla11

@Fryboy101 Minecraft doesn't have a subscription service. It's a one time fee, however some online servers might make you pay a little extra cash to get full access on their servers, but that just depends on what server you choose.

jasonzilla11
jasonzilla11

@blackace I'm pretty sure it was about $30 when it released for PC. You should feel privileged.

xhawk27
xhawk27

@dragondoom01 Does the PC version have split-screen support like the XBLA version does?

Fryboy101
Fryboy101

@blackace and it has a subscription service, so you have to pay monthly on pc, unless you're playing single player (which i don't think this version is), so $20 is practically a steal

poordude1089
poordude1089

When I read "Arcade Next" I thought it would be something more important, like they were giving Arcade a long overdue revision/upgrade, like what damn near everyone with an informed opinion has been asking for. More developer control, less barriers to entry, and a better way of finding the games

dragondoom01
dragondoom01

20 dollars for a game that works better on my pc, and can't be modded. No thanks.

gc88
gc88

@blackace Minecraft is $26.95 on PC

blackace
blackace

I'm not paying $20 for that. I thought Minecraft sold for $10 on the PC when it was first released. What do XBox 360 owners have to pay $20 for it? I'll definitely be getting Trials Evolution on day 1.

maximumbarmage
maximumbarmage

The pricing on Minecraft is a disgrace. I mean, I know not to expect any better from Microshaft, but that is taking the proverbial and no mistake. I'll stick to my PC version thanks. Not interested in any of the rest of those games. Just release Deadlight already.

Jamesp2005
Jamesp2005

I guess we all knew this day would come, 1600 point arcade games. I was looking forward to playing this but not at that price.

jasongm
jasongm

Wish PS3 players can get Minecraft eventually...

Flint247
Flint247

The new Trials looks fun. The first one was hilarious to play.

oskuuu
oskuuu

1600 points seems kinda steep, without mods =/

RBwd
RBwd

cant wait for trials, will have to check demos for the others. 1600 points? ouch

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

Really hope you'll be able to play Minecraft multiplayer in Xbox Live Parties. For me to be interested, it would have to have Party support, and be updated the same as the PC version as new features are added.

BiThBhE0
BiThBhE0

Yes!!! Less than a month for Trials!!

kca89
kca89

So will this $20 version of Minecraft be updated? If not, might as well spend a few more bucks and buy the modable PC version. Can't wait for Trials Evolution. Will pick that up on release day if work doesn't get in the way.

Landsharkk
Landsharkk

That sure looks like split-screen! Although I already have 2 copies for my wife and I to play on PC on our own server. Still, I'm glad this is coming to the Xbox and with split screen this is a great game to play with a significant other (or anyone really).