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Published on March 24th, 2012 | by Cameron Woolsey

Microsoft Announces Arcade NEXT for XBLA With Prices and Release Dates

Starting on April 18 the next wave of Xbox LIVE Arcade games will begin. Arcade NEXT features four brand new titles which will be released every Wednesday through May 9. Every game will include up to 400 Gamerscore with around 30 unlockable Achievements.

Let’s take a closer look at the four games coming this April.


TRIALS EVOLUTION (Publisher: Microsoft Studios; Developer:
Ubisoft/RedLynx)

APRIL 18 | 1200 MICROSOFT POINTS | E-10

The first game out the gate is the hotly anticipated sequel to one of Xbox LIVE Arcade’s biggest hits. Trials Evolution brings multiplayer over Xbox LIVE, track building with the new Track Central, bike and rider customization, and ghost racing.


 
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BLOODFORGE (Publisher: Microsoft Studios; Developer: Climax)

APRIL 25 | 1200 MICROSOFT POINTS | M17+

Bloodforge isn’t a game that wants its players to believe it is simply violent, it wants players to almost feel bad for the poor, helpless foes the end up as nothing more than a puddle of blood and bits on the floor, walls, ceiling, and other places you wouldn’t believe possible. Almost.

Bloodforge takes many cues from God of War, featuring a anti-hero who cuts his way though swaths of “demonic soldiers, deformed worshippers, and the gods themselves, using
ferocious Rage Kills, devastating Rune attacks, and furious Weapon Combos.” Neat.
 
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FABLE HEROES (Publisher: Microsoft Studios; Developer: Lionhead
Studios)

MAY 2 | 800 MICROSOFT POINTS | E-10

Fable Heroes is a much more lighthearted take on the Fable franchise. With new art style and gameplay, the game delivers competition among four players either online or on the couch. Players compete for gold coins which can be imported into the upcoming Kinect title, Fable: The Journey.

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MINECRAFT: XBOX 360 EDITION (Publisher: Microsoft Studios; Developer:
4J Studios/Mojang)

MAY 9 | 1600 MICROSOFT POINTS | E-10

This is it, Minecraft fans. The official Xbox 360 version of one of the world’s most addictive games is hitting in early May. Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition brings a new crafting interace and natural controller movements. The game includes a tutorial mode as well as mutliplayer, either split-screen or over Xbox LIVE.

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Video game journalist since 2006, and gaming since he was old enough to use an Atari joystick. Follow me: @Cam_is_16bit



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