Next wave of XBLA releases exposed

Hexic 2, War World, Track & Field set for this month, with Space Giraffe, Puzzle Quest, Super Puzzle Fighter II "in the coming weeks."

Recently, Microsoft has made a habit of announcing its Xbox Live Arcade Wednesday titles the Monday before they release. Today, though, the software giant gave gamers a rough idea about what's on the immediate horizon.

Three more games were confirmed for release by the end of August, headlined by the sequel to the Xbox 360's original puzzle game, Hexic HD. While Hexic HD came free with hard-drive-equipped Xbox 360s, Hexic 2 will be available through Xbox Live Marketplace and will include a new two-player battle mode. Also set for this month are Sega's Ecco the Dolphin from the Genesis days, and Ubisoft's mechanoid battler War World.

Microsoft also listed another slate of "summer launches hitting in the coming weeks," but didn't commit to having them out by the end of the month. Those titles include Eidos' pellet-gobbling "sport" Geon: Emotions, D3Publisher's PSP and DS port Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords, Llamasoft's psychedelic shooter Space Giraffe, Sega's Genesis beat-'em-up Streets of Rage 2, and Capcom's Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo HD Remix.

The one game announced with a definite release date was this week's Live Arcade release, Konami's Track & Field. Originally released in the arcades in 1983, the joystick-less game was controlled with just three buttons: two run buttons that would build speed when pressed in succession, and an action button for jumping or throwing. The events included the 100m dash, long jump, javelin, and more. Track & Field will be available for 400 Microsoft points ($5) when it is released this Wednesday at 2 a.m. Pacific time.

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dilan94
dilan94

Sweet, more Hexic Games!

sirbargearse
sirbargearse

Streets of Rage 2 for my money! Loved that soundtrack. One of the first game composers to get recognition on the title screen of a game (Revenge of Shinobi or Super Shinobi to the US). I 360 Streets of Rage game would be freakin' awesome.

punch37
punch37

puzzle quest i'm hoping for that one soon

paullywog
paullywog

i think war world will be a pretty good one.

destrozz
destrozz

I want super puzzle fighter II turbo and the really need to realease simpsons arcade game and the x-men arcade game if you guys remember the 6 player massive machine it was

tonymatt225
tonymatt225

How bout some streets of rage 2 and 3. Or maybe golden axe 2,3, and 4. A little general chaos here n there. Double dragon 2 is better than 1. Primal Rage anyone? those would be great ^_^

Zuul13
Zuul13

I cant wait for WarWorld....and Castle Crashers

lamprey263
lamprey263

They have the playable demos for Eternal Sonata and Fatal Inertia up on XBL. Basically, Eternal Sonota is ****ing awesome, Fatal Inertia ****ing sucks. Aww, and I had such high hopes for Fatal Inertia, but pre-rendered trailers can do that. Sony hasn't had a good hover/combat racer since... well, it wasn't WipeOut Fusion (which they're remaking). If you're looking for a good hover/combat racer, get Quantum Redshift for the Xbox, it's backwards compatible with the X360, runs great, is only $5 new, and so ignored you'd think you'd struck gold with it. Anyhow, Track & Field, effing sweet!!!!

JinChrome
JinChrome

I agree, micrsoft should've release the simpsons aracade to kind of celebrate the simpsons movie..

Agermemnon
Agermemnon

How about some vampire hunter aka darkstalkers on xlive ?

trekker1303
trekker1303

Damn it, where are my TRON games? I have been waiting all summer for them but still nothing.....

digi_dragon324
digi_dragon324

i want to know how much puzzle quest is gonna cost!

sevenrains
sevenrains

Track and Field, are you serious Microsoft? Honestly, who the hell wants to play track and field? BadMunky's got the right idea with Simpsons and X-men. How about the spider-man arcade game too?

Luis612
Luis612

please give us Streets of Rage 3

Enginwolf04
Enginwolf04

Finally, a Streets of Rage game on the Xbox360.... why did it take so damn long?

BadMunky
BadMunky

please send us another great fighter game... golden axe sucks!!! common how about x-men or the better turtles game? ...simpsons?

Gameslayer_JDR
Gameslayer_JDR

kool but they should make marvel vs. capcom 2 a xbla game with online multiplayer. I would actually pay big money for that game! That was by far the best arcade fighting game!

SupremeNITEHAWK
SupremeNITEHAWK

XBLA has a good amount of games coming, but the Wii has better downloadable games and a bigger grade A catalog, and it continues to grow, and since the wii is the king of the console market it will continue to recieve better downloadable games.

AceCometh
AceCometh

If Hexic 2 is free, I'll get it. I've played the first one more than anything else I have. Odd, that!

Hainesy74
Hainesy74

Track and Field..........time to bring out the cheap and nasty 3rd party controller :)

From90ne
From90ne

Streets of Rage 2!!... Now I have to go and buy another damn points card -.-

wenbin09
wenbin09

super puzzle fighter! i'm waiting on that!

BXSENTINEL
BXSENTINEL

how about the simpsons arcade game.......

rbenns2
rbenns2

Castle Crashers???? It was supposed to come out in March.

LosDaddie
LosDaddie

Xbox Live continues to lead the way!

blue-fish
blue-fish

So when the heck is Every Extend Extra coming out for the arcade huh? You know, the innovative port?

Redemtor
Redemtor

Where's Red Baron?! I need it - now!

Astropyr
Astropyr

Yeah like wanker13 said , where is SWOS??? Its the only xbla game i am waiting for

hegetshiskeys
hegetshiskeys

Remember the X-MEN arcade game where six people could play at once?? That game would be an awesome addition to XBLA. I used to play the hell out of that game at my local mall

wezmon
wezmon

I thought Speedball 2 was supposed to be out in August? Says so on Gamespots page about it. What gives?

danleeah
danleeah

Yes! Streets of Rage 2 with achievements!

NeoNavarro
NeoNavarro

I wish they would have Kitty Cannon on XBL. I love that game it's so addicting too bad it's not an arcade game.

NinjaFoot
NinjaFoot

I hope Streets of Rage 2 gets online multiplayer. That would be awesome.

ocdog45
ocdog45

streets of rage 2.....damm!

Sindur
Sindur

where the hell are the original X-Men, Spider-Man, and The Punisher arcade games? Also need Killer Instinct 1 and 2.

punch37
punch37

puzzle quest, super puzzle fighter, ecco the dolphin, and streets of rage 2 damn i better get a ton of points it's gonna be a great month for xbox live arcade

godamus187
godamus187

Sony needs to follow there lead!

Gorilla97
Gorilla97

track & field = button masher = no thanks! i'm all about some ecco the dolphin, though, especially if they upgrade the graphics.

jcloverboy
jcloverboy

some nice titles. Hexic 2 , Puzzle Quest, Puzzle Street Fighter and Streets Of Rage are definitely happening.

sephiroth_4
sephiroth_4

YEEEEEUUUUUUHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

littlestreakier
littlestreakier

great list of xbla games :-), they need to add killer instinct to the list though, that would be magical

drangel_jam
drangel_jam

I'm for the beat'em up Street Fighter HD. That's the next huge XBL killer app.

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

Hexic sucks. I got a bunch of achievement points and never played it again. I'm eagerly awaiting Super Puzzle Fighter, though. =)

Mush_Mouth
Mush_Mouth

SoR2??? Sweeeeet!!! I had a poopy in my pants about Puzzle Fighter but SoR2 is great news as well!!

bigmick07
bigmick07

im really excited about war world that looks really good

metallica_one
metallica_one

"freztyle Killer instinct O_O would be soo kool" I would so agree it would be AWSOME! that game was the first fighting game I played for real. and it is a big chance because M$ owns RARE, and they made it. so lets hope lets hope:D ya XBLA is awsome have about 15-16 games now and they all rock. it is just awsome!!!:D my casual break from my hardcore games:D