Tony Hawk will ride again next month. Xbox Live director of programming Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb today announced prices and release dates for 2012's Summer of Arcade promotion, which will kick off on July 18 with Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD for 1,200 MS points ($15).
Developed by Robomodo (Tony Hawk Ride, Tony Hawk Shred), Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD will be the first Tony Hawk title distributed exclusively through digital channels. It will contain levels from the first two Tony Hawk titles, retouched and running on a new game engine. Its soundtrack includes a mix of songs from past games, like "Superman" by Goldfinger, as well as tunes new to the franchise, like "Teenage Blood" by Apex Manor and "Please Ask for Help" by Telekinesis.
Confirmed characters for Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD include familiar favorites like Hawk, Rodney Mullen, Andrew Reynolds, and Eric Koston, as well as newcomers like Chris Cole, Nyjah Huston, and Hawk's son, Riley Hawk.
Following Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD will be Iron Galaxy Studios' Kinect game Wreckateer on July 25 for 800 MS points ($10). The title has players controlling a magic ballista, which gamers will use to destroy castles in a medieval fantasy world.
Next up will be Tequila Works' side-scrolling horror game Deadlight on August 1. This title puts players into a postapocalyptic world and will cost 1,200 MS points ($15). A week later on August 8, Scribblenauts studio 5th Cell will release its first shooter, Hybrid. The multiplayer game will sell for 1,200 MS points ($15) and has players enlisting as either Variant or Paladin factions and duking it out in a number of arenas.
The 2012 Summer of Arcade promotion will come to a close on August 15 with Dust: An Elysian Tail for 1,200 MS points ($15). Developed by Dean Dodrill, the role-playing game was originally targeted to be released through Xbox Live's Indie Games channel. After winning Microsoft's Dream.Build.Play competition in 2009, the game was granted a spot on Xbox Live Arcade.
Gamers who purchase three or more Summer of Arcade titles will receive 400 MS points ($5) back.