From today, at 9AM GMT (2AM PDT), you can play new games for Xbox Live Arcade and get other Xbox Live Marketplace downloadable content for Xbox 360. Here’s an overview of what Microsoft announced worldwide.
Content: Trials Evolution
Price: 1200 Microsoft Points (that’s US$15 / €14.40 / £10.20 / CAN$18.60 / AU$19.80)
Availability: Check availability in your Xbox LIVE region
Dash Text: It’s survival of the fastest with Trials Evolution! Your favorite physics-based motorcycle racer is back in a brilliant new outdoor setting. Ride in real-time multiplayer with 2-4 players, either locally or through Xbox LIVE. Enjoy a deep, rich single player career with 50 brilliant tracks, challenging unlocks, and tricky achievements. A massive, powerful track editor lets you build the track of your dreams and easily share it with the world. Or simply download top-rated tracks from around the world, using the all-new Track Central. Customize your bike and rider with awesome gear and unique parts, enjoy unique skill games, try ghost racing, beat your Friends’ scores, and more! Don’t miss the madness!
New Game Add-ons:
* Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning – Teeth of Naros – 800 Microsoft Points
Description: In an epic new journey filled with tons of side quests, adventure through a paradise seen by few, and for good reason. Ascend to the floating city above Teeth of Naros and get a glimpse into the future of Amalur.
* Resident Evil Operation Raccoon City – Echo Six Expansion Pack 1 – 800 Microsoft Points
Description: 3 tough new Spec Ops missions. Spec Ops continue to hunt for evidence that proves Umbrella’s guilt in the outbreak. The missions take you across the city. First to City Hall and deadly USS sniper squads; then to Umbrella’s secret underground facility and a brutal encounter with the Nemesis; finally through the city sewers and a desperate rescue mission and battle with G-Birkin.
New Games on Demand are:
* Kinect Joy Ride – $19.99
* Cabela’s Big Game Hunter 2012 – $29.99
* NHL 12 – $59.99
* X-Blades – $29.99
New Xbox Live Marketplace beta is:
* Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Future Soldier Beta (Available April 19)
The Deal of the Week is:
This week, Xbox LIVE Gold members can save Microsoft Points on an assortment of select Marketplace items. The special pricing will be available until April 23.
* LEGO Batman – 25% off
* LEGO Indiana Jones – 25% off
* LEGO Star Wars Complete Saga – 25% off
* LEGO Harry Potter Wand – 25% off
New Avatars are:
* Halo Universe collection updated
* Max Payne 3 collection updated
* The Witcher 2 - North America only
* The Witcher 2 - APAC/EMEA/Brazil
Upcoming Xbox Live Arcade games are:
* BLOODFORGE, April 25 for 1200 Microsoft Points
With a brutal combat system, stunning art style, and a deeply compelling story, “Bloodforge” empowers you to slaughter hordes of demonic soldiers, deformed worshippers, and the gods themselves, using ferocious Rage Kills, devastating Rune attacks, and furious Weapon Combos. Help seal Crom’s fate – and the fate of the rest of the world – in this dark, visceral story of revenge, betrayal, and destiny.
* FABLE HEROES, May 2 for 800 Microsoft Points
“Fable Heroes” is an action-packed, hack-and-slash adventure built for Xbox LIVE Arcade. It delivers a fresh spin on the “Fable” franchise with a unique art style and gameplay that takes playful competition to the next level. Whether on the couch or using Xbox LIVE, up to four players work together to defeat enemies while also competing with one another to collect gold coins and level up. Precious gold collected in Fable Heroes can be imported into the forthcoming Kinect title, Fable: The Journey, providing players with a valuable head start from day one.
* MINECRAFT: XBOX 360 EDITION, May 9 for 1600 Microsoft Points
The infinite possibilities in “Minecraft” just got bigger. “Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition” brings the global phenomenon to console gamers for the first time. The Xbox LIVE Arcade version of the game features an innovative new crafting interface, natural controller movements, a full Tutorial mode to teach the basics and for the first time in “Minecraft,” split-screen multiplayer as well as over Xbox LIVE.
Here’s the official Arcade Next trailer under which these games will be released: