XBLA Summer of Arcade games dated, priced

Five-week run kicks off July 20 with Bastion, wraps up August 17 with Toy Soldiers: Cold War; gamers who buy all five get Crimson Alliance free.

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At the height of the Electronic Entertainment Expo this month, Microsoft revealed the lineup and starting date of its 2011 Summer of Arcade promotion. Today it detailed exactly when each game would arrive and how much players could expect to pay for them.

From Dust development is headed up by Eric Chahi, creator of Another World.

Kicking things off July 20 will be Supergiant Games' Bastion. The role-playing game relies heavily on storytelling, offering more than 40 hand-painted environments that gamers explore to uncover the origins of Calamity, a civilization-destroying event.

Ubisoft's From Dust will follow that up on July 27. Originally announced at Ubisoft's E3 2010 press conference, the game is a new take on the God game genre designed by Another World (Out of This World in the US) creator Eric Chahi. Players will control a tribe as it grapples with a primitive world, full of ancient artifacts and lost mystical powers.

August 3 will see the release of Fuelcell's Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet. The side-scrolling 2D action adventure offers an imaginative look at worlds that play home to surreal environments and deranged enemies.

Fruit Ninja Kinect is the penultimate release in the campaign, arriving August 10. A motion-control-enabled version of the popular title for mobile platforms, Halfbrick's latest version of Fruit Ninja challenges players to slice up airborne produce while avoiding bombs.

Bringing the summer promotion to a close on August 17 will be Signal Studios' Toy Soldiers: Cold War. A sequel to the 2010 Block Party hit Toy Soldiers, Cold War has players again controlling plastic army men in strategy-action hybrid gameplay set in the ironically heated geopolitical climate of the '80s. Cold War also includes a co-op campaign, as well as a Survival mode and minigames.

All of the Summer of Arcade games will sell for 1,200 Microsoft points ($15), except for Fruit Ninja Kinect. That game will be available for 800 Microsoft points ($10).

Additionally, Microsoft has said those who purchase all of the Summer of Arcade titles will receive a sixth game, Certainy Affinity's Crimson Alliance, for free. Set for release September 7, Crimson Alliance is an action-RPG that lets players work together in specific roles to take down a nefarious cult. For those who want to buy Crimson Alliance but aren't interested in the Summer of Arcade promotion, the game will sell on its own for 1,200 Microsoft points ($15).

Discussion

63 comments
Ovirew
Ovirew

Bastion and Toy Soldiers: Cold War are looookin' gooooood!

NoDzombie
NoDzombie

From Dust looks soooooo good

Rougehunter
Rougehunter

Twisted Shadow Planet?!?!?!!..........*Faints*

angel_army
angel_army

Can't wait to play "Toy Soldiers: Cold War"

-Saigo-
-Saigo-

@metalkid9 -- Read the article before you go insulting people: "Five-week run kicks off July 20 with Bastion, wraps up August 17 with Toy Soldiers: Cold War.

Tarfang2
Tarfang2

after 3rd august no point of getting any games

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet!! about time I say! Happy about that

metalkid9
metalkid9

@-Saigo-, summer started 6 days ago. have you been living under a rock by any chance cuz you seem uncertain about what season we're in or you just don't have any knowledge about anything else other than gaming.

advanracer
advanracer

Just seeing that pig just made want a BLT all of a sudden. BRB..

Xeogua
Xeogua

Actually been waiting for From Dust since it was announced, it looks great.

Dezuria
Dezuria

Fruit Ninja for 10 bucks? Really?

KnightsBlazing
KnightsBlazing

Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet is the only one Im wanting and its somthing iv been looking highly forward to :3

Odeenay
Odeenay

Bastion and Shadow PLanet have promise

Shadow_Fire41
Shadow_Fire41

sorry, i meant From Dust interests me greatly.

xhawk27
xhawk27

The 360 has lots of Exclusive games. :P

nhh3smith
nhh3smith

Wait i thought toy soldiers cold war was coming out July 20.

gellis1981
gellis1981

I know Trenched isnt on the list, but i just bought it the other day on XBLA and its awesome....Double Fine does it again.

sleepnsurf
sleepnsurf

From dust, creator of another world! BUYING DAY 1! I cannot believe I am reading this. Another world was my favorite game of all time!

raptures330
raptures330

I'm addicted to XBLA. I love all these games. Easy to pick up and put down to fill in some time... and some games just send me right back to being a kid. Getting Bastion for sure. Twisted and Dust possibly. Very very possibly. XBLA is the best thing to happen to games in a while for me. So many good titles in there.

Wensea10
Wensea10

bastion is the most interesting

mrsniper83
mrsniper83

Last years summer of arcade was ok, hopefully this year will be better.

Col_Kilgore
Col_Kilgore

Outland + Limbo = Insane Shadow Planet or w/e it's called. Hey, that's not a bad thing at all.

Mattyrock
Mattyrock

Bastion for me, don't really care about the rest (except maybe From Dust).

munchlax99
munchlax99

i wish they made monkey island 3 remake :(

Master_Turismo
Master_Turismo

Xbox's Summer of Arcade always has me looking every year. Can't wait.

IceJester45
IceJester45

Good lineup. Bastion looks very interesting.

Ovirew
Ovirew

@jcbullen You, sir, make a very good point. I wouldn't have even noticed it if you hadn't said anything, but it doesn't seem right that in order to get the free game, you have to have a Kinect. Of course, you don't really have to buy all of the games, and you should only buy the ones you know you'll enjoy and play. If one or two of them look interesting and the rest look crappy, just get those two. And if you really want Crimson Alliance, buy that as well. @-Saigo- Good point. It feels like they could have already started offering us some Summer games already. Of course, that is more money to spend for that 'free' game. I heard at E3 that Microsoft uses the Summer of Arcade promotion to help pick up the slack during the months when big game releases are scarce. Perhaps some big game was released this past month and Microsoft wanted to hold off starting too early too avoid taking success from that?

McNeelyJ39
McNeelyJ39

the pricing is ridiculous on these titles. $10 for a good game, $15 for a Stellar title and $5 for games like Fruit Ninja. Come on.

Drakkengoth
Drakkengoth

Not enough... not enough to kill time until September 20th!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ovirew
Ovirew

Really wanna try out Bastion, it looks like buy material. I might check out a few of the other games as well, if they look interesting.

Ford_Cruller
Ford_Cruller

Can't wait for Bastion! Sad to see no release date yet for Guardian Heroes, hope it's still set for this summer.

jasonzilla11
jasonzilla11

Looks like a good line-up of games. Didn't do it last year, probably do to the fact that it was too much money and I was wallet-less, but this year looks good. From Dust looks really interesting, Fruit Ninja Kinect will get me back to my Kinect, and Toy Soldiers: Cold War looks unbelievably awesome. Bastion and the other one looks ok, but the one's I'm more interested in are the one's I listed. Plus, the action RPG for free looks cool.

guertt
guertt

@-Saigo- trenched already started the thing.. :)

Chunkman
Chunkman

This year's line up looks pretty solid--better than last year's IMO. Bastion looks awesome, and Toy Soldiers should be good too. Shadow Planet and From Dust seem like cool ideas, but I'll wait to see how they pan out. Not loving the Kinect game thrown in there though...

YouVandal3
YouVandal3

games look fun, but LIMBO still has my vote for best XBLsoA game :P

D3dr0_0
D3dr0_0

This year's summer of arcade seems to be lacking. Only game that looks good to me is Toy Soliders. Anyone knows when SFIII Third Strike release? I hope its before the summer of arcade.

PatchMaster
PatchMaster

Toy Soldiers is godly. Can't wait for more.

mattg90520
mattg90520

Bastion and Twisted Shadow Planet are the only two that seem interesting to me. Ill have to look up some footage to see what they have to offer

teragorz
teragorz

i have to say fruit ninja looks like the best kinect game to date :p

Warablo13
Warablo13

I will for sure pick up From Dust..

-Saigo-
-Saigo-

Didn't summer start a month ago? What's with waiting until late July to release anything?

Fat_Boy_PT
Fat_Boy_PT

Fruit Ninja Kinect is gonna be so awesome! goty for sure. cant wait...

y3ivan
y3ivan

why MS delayed toy soldiers to Aug?