Summer of Arcade returning to XBL

Warner Bros. confirms Watchmen: The End is Nigh Part 2 release impacted by second annual Xbox Live Arcade promotion.

Last year, Microsoft ran its "Summer of Arcade" promotion, five consecutive weeks of high-profile downloadable Xbox 360 game releases and sweepstakes giveaways. Over the entire month of August, Microsoft punctuated the debuts of Braid, Geometry Wars 2, and Castle Crashers by giving away an Xbox 360 Elite system, free year-long Xbox Live Gold subscriptions, and $1,750 in Microsoft points.

Nothing says "summertime fun" like a vigilante sociopath cracking heads and taking back the streets.

The console maker is apparently planning to do it all over again, as a Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment representative confirmed for GameSpot that its Watchmen: The End is Nigh Part 2 will be part of the second annual Summer of Arcade.

The PC and PlayStation 3 editions of The End is Nigh Part 2 are expected on July 29 and July 30, respectively, but the Xbox 360 version of the game won't be downloadable until August 26. The WBIE representative said the Xbox 360 release was pushed back so that it could be part of the Summer of Arcade.

As of press time, Microsoft had not returned a request for details on the second "Summer of Arcade" promotion.

[CORRECTION]: The WBIE rep said only that the second Watchmen episode's belated arrival was "for XBLA's second annual Summer of Arcade program," not specifying if the intent was to include it in the program or leave it out. We regret the error.

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17 comments
Hvac0120
Hvac0120

[quote="GameSpot"]The WBIE representative said the Xbox 360 release was pushed back so that it could be part of the Summer of Arcade.[/quote] This is what i with this one...if there are any games I want.

mrzero1982pt2
mrzero1982pt2

from what i know, from the xbox live ad, it began with battlefield 1943, then it begins properly the week after with tmnt, marvel vs capcom 2, this, and a few more games. i think xbl is gonna prove that this summer is the summer for downloads, for sure! and im not bandwagoning because i own an xbox 360, i am saying this because most of the games i own, i have no need to leave and pick up a new game. i can just download updates for them! not to mention in september fight night round 4 is coming with an update which will allow you to use face buttons to execute punches? this proves that physical copies and downloadable content/patches can work in harmony!

Irve
Irve

I'm all for a month of high profile releases .. but come on .. we need more Arcade Hits titles so that people can enjoy the older games at cheaper prices .. Castle crashers for 600 points anyone ???

Kuruption84
Kuruption84

@ shadowysea07 TMNT is a remake of Turtles in Time. I'm not talking about that Smash Bros. crap that's going to retail.

aozman
aozman

Fall? more like fail

NuKkU
NuKkU

thats cool i like those type of things like when PSN had its Spring Fever

nickythenewt21
nickythenewt21

If the game is on par with the book, I'd pay $100 for it. Sadly, I'm pretty sure that it won't even be an eighth as good as the book. :(

StJimmy15
StJimmy15

MvC2 YES. lol good times, good times.

shadowysea07
shadowysea07

so far the games coming out htis year don't strike me as interesting. i didn't see the watchmen so i don't really care about it getting a video game and as for tmnt it basically looks like smashbrothers and naruto ultimate ninja fused together. i don't know what the other 3 are but i'll look into them to see if their good. usually you can tell that if you haven't heard of it its not that good in some cases

wwonka666
wwonka666

Well, gotta wait 5 extra weeks for glitchy crap. The first one was over-priced, boring and it's kind of sad that they are highlighting this as a Summer of Arcade title. Last year it was about innovation, this year it's about re-releases and licensed crap.

Kuruption84
Kuruption84

From what I read last month it was supposed to be MvC2, Splosion man, Watchmen, Shadow Complex & TMNT. No idea if that's changed.

StarlightHunter
StarlightHunter

There is some pretty good stuff coming to Arcade this year.

Spark0
Spark0

Last year we got Geometry Wars 2, a great shooter, Braid, an incredibly compelling postmodern experiment and Castle Crashers, one of the best beat-em-ups of all time. This year we get a fighter that is unbalanced, spam-based and includes infinite combos that is well-regarded only for its rarity and the sequel to a mediocre spin-off of a comic book that didn't need one, pissed off the fanbase and made the original writer blow a gasket.

raahsnavj
raahsnavj

Yeah, I need details. A XBLA edition of a Comic book / Movie game tie-in isn't very convincing that it will be worth anything... Last year will be pretty hard to top regardless.

lamprey263
lamprey263

I'm kind of worried if they're highlighting "Summer Of Arcade" with the Watchmen XBLA game, I hope there's more games of the Geometry Wars 2 and Castle Crasher's caliber; I was kind of looking forward to the TMNT: Turtles in Time game, though they're remaking it in 3D, which I can't say I'm too excited for, just a plain old-school 2D sprite remake would have been suffice... oh well, at least I'm still looking forward to MVC2