XBL Arcade info leaked?

Source: UK/US gaming, anime, manga Web site Clubskill.com, which got hold of an unidentified magazine scan. The official story: "Microsoft does not comment on rumors of speculation."--Microsoft rep. What we heard: Xbox Live Arcade games like Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved and Uno have been a hit...


Source: UK/US gaming, anime, manga Web site Clubskill.com, which got hold of an unidentified magazine scan.

The official story: "Microsoft does not comment on rumors of speculation."--Microsoft rep.

What we heard: Xbox Live Arcade games like Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved and Uno have been a hit because they appeal to the masses. More specifically, the budget-conscious masses who don't want to leave the comfort of their couches to play new games. Having said that, any news on Microsoft's online gaming store regularly gets Xbox 360 owners' attention.

Gamers perked up this morning after reading an article on Clubskill.com, which claims to have gotten their hands on a "leaked magazine article that details some of the upcoming content on the Xbox Live Marketplace." The magazine that the article is from was not identified, but given that Clubskill is UK-based, it's likely a periodical from across the pond.

A scan of said article (pictured--click to zoom) reveals a list of content set for release through September, and contains 13 individual downloads. None of the files are unannounced games, but there is plenty of new information, such as release dates and prices, regarding games we've already known about.

One of the noteworthy downloads featured is the much anticipated (and strangely punctuated) Street Fighter II' Hyper Fighting, which the scan says will hit Marketplace in June for 400 points ($5). The game's release date has been in question for some time now, since it missed its initial "early 2006" date.

Other highlights from the scan include a few new modes for Project Gotham Racing 3 ("Cat and Mouse" and "Proximity Based Racing"), a hardcore package for Kameo featuring a new difficulty level for single and cooperative play, and Lumines Live in August/September for *gulp* 1200 points ($15). However, some of the content has already been released, indicating that the scan is dated.

But what of the scan's authenticity? Microsoft would not comment on the article, staying mum on the whole "rumors and speculation" thing. Clubskill never says whether or not they physically have the article, or just managed to rummage up a scan. Given the fact that the screenshot cuts off the entire page, it's presumable that they have just a scan. And if that's the case, it makes it a prime candidate for a Photoshop phake.

However, if someone did fake the scan, they're pretty tapped into the gaming scene, particularly the trends with which XBL Arcade games have been priced. Nothing seems out of the ordinary here, with most games following Marketplace's pricing according to past releases. The first-party content packs are in Microsoft's preferred 500 point ($6.25) increments, whereas the third-party packs are all in 400 point ($5) increments. Also, remakes of classic arcade games (Frogger, Pac-Man, Street Fighter II) are all 400 points ($5), just as Joust, Gauntlet, Smash TV, and Robotron 2084 are (though SFII for 400 points seems cheap).

Unfortunately, there's no way to really say whether this information is legitimate--only time will tell. But because the scan isn't exactly up to date, prices and release dates could very well have changed since. However, it's a good starting point and likely not too far-fetched.

Bogus or not bogus?: We're going with Not Bogus--even if it's fake, it's not far off.

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tikichris20
tikichris20

well the end of Q2 is in 4 days so I guess we will see if we will finally get our hands on SF II.

scruffybawls
scruffybawls

well i dont mind payin 15 for lumines when i payed 50 for it on psp, its one of my favorite games and im gonna own on SF2, i suck at arcades, because im used to using d-pads for combos, ken is the best

marcinek007
marcinek007

during one of gamespot's e3 interviews guy from microsoft revealed these prices, you should know your own stuff, gamespot...

Xsouljah_89
Xsouljah_89

'leaked'? nothing like the UK media stirring bs :P until i see prices on marketplace i dont care.

Goldeneyemaster
Goldeneyemaster

I love Lumines for PSP but I am not paying $15 for an arcade game

trj156
trj156

yuck_foo...the only maps in the goty edition are the ones out now...the newest maps arent out yet...duh

mike_mgoblue
mike_mgoblue

400 points should be the standard price for most games; the statistics clearly reveal that the 400 point games are the most popular. Games like Geometry Wars are super popular, but games like Street Fighter 2, Mortal Kombat, and all the Neo Geo games are going to be ULTRA popular. The key to making those games so popular is the price. 400 points in the optimal price, and 1200 points is probably way too much. After all, you can get a MAME emulator on PC and download all of those games for free.

madgamer2000
madgamer2000

seems cheap for streetfighter and a bit much for the lumines live. how does blackicejoe get 1st comment on like 80% of the threads on here?

ReyWing
ReyWing

"We're going with Not Bogus--even if it's fake, it's not far off." Wat's not bogus? The scan? Well, in your article, you state that it's most possibly a FAKE. Hypocrisy! Anywayz, the price for Lumines seems reasonable. The price for SF2HF seems unreasonable... I would charge $10 for that kick-ass work of art.

terrabreak13
terrabreak13

LOL @ Cat and Mouse in PGR3. This is a fan created game from PGR2. I can't believe they would make it a legit game. Personally I hated it and left lobbies that wanted to play it. But it's funny to think they would seriously make it a mode.

KKuja
KKuja

Why doesn't GameSpot do some heavy lifting and get us the real, full list. A supersite like this should be able to figure out what's up on Xbox Arcade.

monkeyman
monkeyman

It's not fake people, believe it.

ewjim
ewjim

Who will play on new system in old games??? :?

OmegaWeapon9
OmegaWeapon9

Selling lumines for 15$ sounds like a bad idea. I really want them to sell it for 5, but even if it were 10 that would be that bad. I just hope its a full game and not a quick play theme of Lumines.

OPOLO
OPOLO

We're getting closer to the days when all games over every console be only be availabile through a download - within 2 years

Kingsnake976
Kingsnake976

Lumines is awesome. And well worth the points, I might add. But no way SFII will go for just 400 points. Supply and demand, people. They know we want it and I bet they jack the price up to AT LEAST 500. I mean, what kind of choice is there, if you're going to spend five bucks on a game: Gauntlet or frickin' Street Fighter 2?!

BlackKnightOfH8
BlackKnightOfH8

500 points for maps for Perfect Dark Zero? What a rip off for that pos game!

gertish
gertish

Street Fighter 2 for $5? Awww yeah!

Plasmoe
Plasmoe

Honestly who is gonna buy lumines for $15? The same people who buy tetris for $50. I think everything should be $5 or less.

augrunt
augrunt

This looks all well and good just hope it isn't a fake and you should all remember that too. It might just be a fake.

Dups79
Dups79

Sounds good to me. :)

Jedi_Osborn
Jedi_Osborn

bah. not very interesting. the only one I MIGHT play is pac man.

rbarahona
rbarahona

Those kind of games and updates for the XBL will be a nice addition to their impressive collection. I wasn't very keen on getting games like that, however, after seeing the success of Microsoft, I'm really reconsidering getting into that kind of service when the Wii is released.

GoreObsessed
GoreObsessed

Fake or not I cant wait till Street Fighter II and Lumines are released :).

volumesoxxs
volumesoxxs

cool I want those the arcade is going to kick

Moltdar
Moltdar

If street fighter is more than 400 points i'm not buying we already own 1000 versions of this game and you can already get better quality online play for free with that game and without the slowdowns that people say affect a lot of the XBOX live part of this game... we'll just see... But if this is above 400 points it would go against all current trends in the marketplace and Capcom and MS would lose a lot of buyers for that game.

Sydwynder
Sydwynder

Lumines for $15? You could do alot worse. If this game rocks, 15 bucks ain't bad. You spend more than that going to the movies for 2 hours to see a movie that may totally suck. Look at it that way and 15 bucks for a game that is super fun to play for a long time is a steal of a deal. Hopefully not a trend though..........

NinjaSpunk
NinjaSpunk

Sony's "Free" online service will be attempting to recoup its losses on microtransactions as well. SF2 for 400 points, heck yes, that isn't even a question. I owe it to my inner middleschooler, especially considering it will be online, with achievements, etc. As for Lumines, I'm definitely onboard (the guy who thought Lumines was boring obviously never figured out how to play properly). My main concern is additional content for lumines. I've got no problem paying 15 bucks for it, although I do have a problem paying additional money for Madonna videos in the background.

monkeyman
monkeyman

It's not fake. We have both Street Fighter and Lumines on our devkits at work and the "speculated" prices are spot on.

crazygravy
crazygravy

Lumines for $15 is still $5 less than the current price on the PSP.

slipshoddoa
slipshoddoa

K1LLSWITCH: What monthly fees? XBL Arcade is part of XBox Live Silver, which is 100% free. Downloading content is free unless you buy a full version of a game ($5- big whoop) in which case you own it forever. There are no monthly fees, just like Sony's free online service. You only need to subscribe to Gold if you want to play against other people online.

bison_tuesday
bison_tuesday

I have been hanging out for SF2' since it was announced - I am rather skeptical that it will be priced @ 400 points though (its a little unfair to compare it with the other acrade classics on XBL, given the relative complexity of SF2 as opposed to games you can play on a cell phone...)

John_of_Fire
John_of_Fire

SF2 better be 400 points if SF Collection is $20 and Capcom Classics is $20. I don't want to shell out more than 4 bucks for a single game. People who think SF2 only worth four bucks, if even that. (And yes I'd think about paying more because I love SF)

computerfreek77
computerfreek77

Where is Poker for XB Live Arcade? Is it still coming out?

condemned100
condemned100

nice stuff can't wait for street fighter II

reece590
reece590

Sounds cool...I will pick up all of them...I love haveing rich parents ; )

jsstlh
jsstlh

what is up with poker? I'm ready for that...

ReaperXxxx
ReaperXxxx

Lumines...yawn. Now I can be bored on the PSP and 360. The SF2:HF update is good news. I'll get that for $5 in a freaking heartbeat.

slayerver1
slayerver1

I think Lumines Live is 1200 MS points because of it offering single and multiplayer (online) game modes along with downloadable content, which are supposedly new songs for now. Besides, there's Lumines II if people still have PSPs.

UltimaCloudX
UltimaCloudX

Lumines would be pretty pricey for the xbox live arcade scene but with how good the game actually was/is on PSP, that seems like a sweet deal to me. Plus you can play against others too. :D SFII is mandatory if it is really 400 points. Awesome.