Minecraft's May 9 debut to cap XBLA 'Arcade Next'

Microsoft's spring downloadable game promotion to include Fable Heroes launching May 2, Trials Evolution on April 18, Bloodforge on April 25.

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Minecraft will finally arrive on the Xbox 360 May 9. Microsoft today confirmed that the hit PC game will headline its next Xbox Live Arcade seasonal promotion and detailed launch plans for Trials Evolution, Bloodforge, and Fable Heroes.

Coming soon to Xbox 360.
Coming soon to Xbox 360.

The Arcade Next spring downloadable game drive will kick off April 18 with the release of Trials Evolution, the latest motorcycle obstacle course offering from RedLynx. Following up on the developer's previous XBLA effort Trials HD, Evolution will include outdoor environments, customizable bikes, and the ability to build and share new tracks. Trials Evolution will sell for 1,200 Microsoft points ($15).

Climax's Bloodforge is the second game in Arcade Next, set for an April 25 debut. A gore-drenched action game, Bloodforge follows the warrior Crom on his quest for vengeance against the demons and gods who killed his family. Rated M for Mature, Bloodforge will be available for 1,200 Microsoft points ($15).

The third title in Arcade Next is Fable Heroes, the first Lionhead Studios release since Peter Molyneux's departure from the development house. Scheduled for a May 2 launch, Fable Heroes is a hack-and-slash action game that supports four players through competitive and cooperative modes playable locally or across Xbox Live. Players will fight familiar foes of Albion together, while competing with friends to collect the most gold coins along the way. Fable Heroes will be the least expensive of the Arcade Next offerings, selling for 800 Microsoft points ($10).

Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition will anchor the lineup debuting May 9 with a 1,600 Microsoft point ($20) price attached. Already a phenomenal success on the PC, Mojang's open-world construction game will add Kinect support via a postlaunch patch. Development of the port is being handled by 4J Studios, the outfit behind Xbox 360 versions of Perfect Dark and the Banjo-Kazooie games.

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Can you save your online multiplayer worlds?

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@Bearbear12 Very true, but I find it funny that I make a comment about that same thing and I get raged at :)

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@Ultra_Taco it wouldn't even continue to begin with had u not replied anymore u dimwit.. your attempt at humor was lackluster.. no one would even laugh about even if you paid someone... i suggest you end this nonsensical convo & do something more productive instead of lurking in this article & replying on my comment. no one here on gamespot gives a sht about what you say... good riddance

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> I would argue that no one gives a shit about what you say.

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@zaiwen Umm, I'm not sure you won according to the look on your profile pic :P

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@Ultra_Taco who cares.. i got it for free & in that sense i win & you FAIL

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@zaiwen umm it cost $20 on the PC originally, lol

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Minecraft is the right priced its 27$ on the PC with mods and stuff but cheaper on xbox because of less stuff no mods and less players

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Awesome, Im getting it...deffo worth it.

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wow he speaks out against steam (cheap prices), but hitches up to XBLA' eyegouge...

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1600MSP? Does he really need those 400 extra?

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just coz its popular on pc, doesnt give u the right to charge $20 for it u greedy dogs

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Minecraft is fantastic.

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For some reason I thought Minecraft's release date was April and not May :( Ah well, this is a must have for me. Be interesting to see how they deal with the server hosting and whether each player can take their own copy of the world data.

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Funny... I played minecraft when it was free, and didnt want to spend 12$ on it for PC. Now i am totally willing to spend 20$ to play it on 360. I really have become a console gamer again. What the hell happened to me.

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I love Minecraft to death.Heck 20$ is good for this game,although vanilla/no mods.But what I see here is Micro$ofts first attempt to raise normal 1200 games to 1600 games and i'm not lending a hand to that. I'll keep playing it on the PC until they have a deal/point drop on it.Mark my words.If it sells a lot at 1600 MSP....be ready to start seeing 1600 a lot more.

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$20? Money is already being set aside.

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@Fryboy101 Minecraft doesn't have a subscription service. It's a one time fee, however some online servers might make you pay a little extra cash to get full access on their servers, but that just depends on what server you choose.

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@blackace I'm pretty sure it was about $30 when it released for PC. You should feel privileged.

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@dragondoom01 Does the PC version have split-screen support like the XBLA version does?

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@blackace and it has a subscription service, so you have to pay monthly on pc, unless you're playing single player (which i don't think this version is), so $20 is practically a steal

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When I read "Arcade Next" I thought it would be something more important, like they were giving Arcade a long overdue revision/upgrade, like what damn near everyone with an informed opinion has been asking for. More developer control, less barriers to entry, and a better way of finding the games

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20 dollars for a game that works better on my pc, and can't be modded. No thanks.

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@blackace Minecraft is $26.95 on PC

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I'm not paying $20 for that. I thought Minecraft sold for $10 on the PC when it was first released. What do XBox 360 owners have to pay $20 for it? I'll definitely be getting Trials Evolution on day 1.

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The pricing on Minecraft is a disgrace. I mean, I know not to expect any better from Microshaft, but that is taking the proverbial and no mistake. I'll stick to my PC version thanks. Not interested in any of the rest of those games. Just release Deadlight already.

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I guess we all knew this day would come, 1600 point arcade games. I was looking forward to playing this but not at that price.

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:)

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Wish PS3 players can get Minecraft eventually...

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The new Trials looks fun. The first one was hilarious to play.

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1600 points seems kinda steep, without mods =/

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cant wait for trials, will have to check demos for the others. 1600 points? ouch

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Really hope you'll be able to play Minecraft multiplayer in Xbox Live Parties. For me to be interested, it would have to have Party support, and be updated the same as the PC version as new features are added.

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Yes!!! Less than a month for Trials!!

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So will this $20 version of Minecraft be updated? If not, might as well spend a few more bucks and buy the modable PC version. Can't wait for Trials Evolution. Will pick that up on release day if work doesn't get in the way.

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That sure looks like split-screen! Although I already have 2 copies for my wife and I to play on PC on our own server. Still, I'm glad this is coming to the Xbox and with split screen this is a great game to play with a significant other (or anyone really).