THQ drops word of Tetris Evolution

Publisher brings classic puzzler to Xbox 360 with customizable presentation elements, new game modes.

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In 2005, THQ sued The Tetris Company for breaking its agreements with the publisher and giving the rights to the classic puzzle game to Nintendo for Tetris DS, causing THQ's own DS edition of the game to be scrapped. The two parties settled their dispute last year, and THQ emerged from the fracas with the rights to make a Tetris game on the Xbox 360.

Today the publisher exercised those rights with the announcement of Tetris Evolution for Microsoft's console, the first THQ-published Tetris game since 2003's Tetris Worlds on the original Xbox. As for what the title's evolution entails, THQ said it is adding new gameplay modes, customizable presentation aspects (themes, skins, icons, and music), and online play for up to four players.

Tetris Evolution is slated for release next month.

Discussion

84 comments
bheiner1
bheiner1

This game looks like garbage. The New Tetris on the N64 was much, much better.

mrklorox
mrklorox

THQ, you've screwed up by making this a full retail game. Tetris is too simple to be put on disc and sell successfully in the digital distribution era. I'm sure ten times more consumers would purchase this via XBLA over standard 360 DVD format. THQ is spending MUCH MORE money putting this game on disc, printing slipcase art and shipping to retailers than they would simply releasing on XBLA (excluding the lengthy approval process). I would not waste the time/effort putting the disc into my console for just the inevitable cut-scenes. What a mistake. I WOULD, on the other hand, purchase this game if it were offered via XBLA. I love Tetris and have GREAT respect for Mr. Alexey Pajitnov for introducing one of the most popular genres to gaming. I just do not see ANY reason to buy a game of ONLY Tetris on disc.

Evanrocknuma
Evanrocknuma

Ahh... tetris is tetris no matter how you update or change it. I think it shouldhave been an xbla game but since it is not I'll never buy it knowing its probably more than 20 bucks, and that's way too much for just another tetris game. I've never been a big tetris fan anyway... well not at all actually but the online play sounds kinda cool.

Sam_Lowery
Sam_Lowery

The only reason this wasn't released as an Xbox Live Arcade game had to be because those games only net $5 - $10. Tetris rocks, but no matter how you try to jazz it up with backgrounds and sound effects, it's still just tetris. This better not cost $60.

Sagacious_Tien
Sagacious_Tien

Giving the rights to Nintendo led to a great game, but I don't think Tetris Company did right by THQ. With that in mind, I don't see THQ doing right by Xbox 360 owners, as a full retail price for such a game seems a little unfair. I would hapily buy a Arcade version though.

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

i really doubt they can overthrow the ds tetris(thats the funnest version in my opinion, most people hate it though)

shawn7324
shawn7324

I'm a huge Tetris fan, but wish I would have heard about this sooner, as I just recently purchased Tetris Worlds the original Xbox game as I seen it was backward-comp. with the Xbox 360. I don't really want to turn around and buy this one, but I most likely will have to especially if my Girlfriend catches news of it.

necrophilissimo
necrophilissimo

If it's XBLA, it'll be mine; The Grand King of Puzzle Games! But if it's retail monster of 50+ USD price tag I seriously doubt it...

Shingo
Shingo

Customizble Presentation! What a selling point! Now I can't wait!

GoddBless
GoddBless

This better be on XBLA and not a retail game.

morororo
morororo

I'd only get this if it was an xbox live arcade game.

Viennoiserie
Viennoiserie

My interest for Tetris dropped significantly after playing Lumines. Don't know if I would like to pick it up...

TTDog
TTDog

"DOOM_SONYMAN: AND YOU WONDER WHY I HELD OUT FOR PS3" Not so much wondering as couldn't care less. Knocking Tetris out on a next gen console, even at $30 is an absolute disgrace, you could get the whole game on a poxy memory card. Can't wait for the Sony fanboys to say it'll be SOOOO much better with the advantage of Blu-ray though.

banodyne
banodyne

Why can't this be a simple version available on Xbox Live Arcade?

SnuffDaddyNZ
SnuffDaddyNZ

I already beat the Standard mode on my Nintendo DS, therefore unlocking endless mode, but once you beat Tetris you don't really want to come back to it. I wouldn't get this for my 360 even if it was released on Live Arcade. EDIT: Um, yeah, one of the problems with trying to sell Tetris is there are so many 3rd party clones out there for free on the PC already. I actually programmed my own version of Tetris once on the Amiga, but I didn't really know what the Tetris pieces were of the top of the head, so my game included a piece shaped like a + sign.

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

thq :cry: i liked the tetris game on N64

Zumafire
Zumafire

OH yeah!!! Slaming people online in Tetris is something I've been waiting for. I can't wait.

Dav_id83
Dav_id83

This should be a XBLA game for sure it's these classics that will make XBLA a lot better look at Wii's virtual console they have Super Mario and Sonic. But looking at the picture of the gaming box top right it look like it's gonna be a full priced game.

NightRain
NightRain

It's true that Tetris Evolution should be a XBLA game... I hope it will be 29$...

Lum_Yatsura
Lum_Yatsura

They're forgetting Tetris Elements, which was published by THQ for the PC and Mac in 2004.

n8berman
n8berman

As long as there's a game play mode similar to the N64's The New Tetris, I will buy this game the day it comes out. The silver and gold blocks, sending "garbage" to your friends, and the ever so useful storage area. Can't wait for a review to find out how much more of my life will be wasted at the hands of Tetris.

Waskallywabbit
Waskallywabbit

i agree with dominus...this is surely an XBL arcade game if I have ever seen one...

drangel_jam
drangel_jam

You don't like Tetris are you really a gamer? I hope it's comes out better than Lumines. They've talked so much about video skins... uh, let's just say that's a disappointment.

Mark2099
Mark2099

another game that wont be for the PS3!!!! This game will appeal to the old school gamers....

Pete5506
Pete5506

Well I have to get it, tetris has always been one of my favorite games

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

I would never spend over 10 dollars for Tetris.I was never a huge Tetris fan although it does seem to push to limits of my 360's graphic card.

DominusSabathan
DominusSabathan

they should send tetris to xbox live arcade , paying 59.99 or 49.99 for this game ? that will be stupid . thank you

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

Tetris worlds was lame, I hope they do a better job on this one.

asmodeus_z
asmodeus_z

I would never fork out $$ to get a retail version. Might consider getting it if it's released as XBLA.

telvisnostic
telvisnostic

I agree, stop milking it please. What will be next?

Sonic43090
Sonic43090

How much can you milk this game? Honestly.

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

I might get this game...I can play it whenever I feel like going old school.

Jedi_Osborn
Jedi_Osborn

you know I really haven't played any of the millions of tetris and tetris-clones. If it comes out on xbla I'll get it.

TryMe01
TryMe01

os this is an XBLA game or retail? seems there is no need for a retail 360 tetris game...

Mindphaser
Mindphaser

"Who cares about Tetris if its not on XBLA? That's crap. Who goes to the store and pays $40-60 for Tetris? " I DO.... so buzz off.

ticalmc2k2
ticalmc2k2

Who cares about Tetris if its not on XBLA? That's crap. Who goes to the store and pays $40-60 for Tetris?

Shrapnel99
Shrapnel99

Cool, I'll probably buy it when the price becomes about $20 or $30. (Shouldn't take long either)

SpareJesus
SpareJesus

I'll stick to Tetris DS, as it is made of win and good. Thanks.

EdNix
EdNix

If it was an XBLA game I'd say maybe a purchase but as full blown game to an almost two decade old game, it's tought to think of what they can do to advance the game in anyway, but Tetris DS had proved me wrong before

stokesmo
stokesmo

anarchicgoth Cool I guess but Hexic is still better - i accidently deleted hexic when i first got my xbox anybody know where i can get it from?

Re_ensurer
Re_ensurer

Sweet. I can always use more Tetris.

CyphenX
CyphenX

yeah, it's just more Tetris... but... it's more Tetris!

Bigboss232
Bigboss232

tetris i think i will pass more of the same

Doolum
Doolum

Another Tetris game:(

George_GameGuy
George_GameGuy

Tetris on the original Xbox allowed 4-players on the screen at the same time, and you can play it in high-definition on your Xbox 360...why in the universe would I want to buy a new Tetris game on my Xbox 360! The only reason I would want to is to get the 1,000 Achievement points...but I could do that by just renting the game. I guess the Xbox 360 version would also allow me to play people online and talk with them while playing, perhaps with the webcam...but let's be honest; they could do ALL those things by making Tetris for the Xbox Live Arcade, and then I could play it without having to put in a new disc each time. I want Tetris on Xbox Live Arcade!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

JDUB_x
JDUB_x

If THQ releases this for anything over $20 they will be making a huge mistake.