Xbox Live Arcade (XBLA) News and Announcements Thread - 2012 Edition

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Yes indeed, it is that time once again for a refreshing of the grand and exceedingly resilient Xbox Live Arcade thread. While I have toned down my XBLA coverage and indeed overall GAF posting due to burnout, my job taking up more of my time, and various other factors. I have not forgotten about this yearly tradition. Also, if you guys want to do it like last year where the OP got stuffed with the notable Q1 and Q2 XBLA releases, with screenshots and everything, we can do that. Still, here is to what appears to be another fine year of XBLA releases.
 

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I'm definitely more excited for downloadable games vs. retail for 2012. On XBLA I'm mostly looking forward to FEZ and Spelunky HD.
 

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I don't really need an opening like last year's with pictures and other information but if someone has a fairly handy list of announced (likely) releases for 2012 to put a bit of a frame of reference for what we've got coming I'd like to see that. And honestly I'm only talking about the titles that are already looking promising and not stuff that's announced but look like trash. I'm thinking of that Double Dragon remake or whatever that was.

So, good games we're looking forward to? Fez, The Witness, Dust: An Elysium Tale (correct title?), Spelunky HD, and...what am I forgetting? I'm sure there's a bunch of others and that's why I'm hoping someone either already has a list or would enjoy researching and putting together a decent list. I'm still looking forward to an XBLA release of Capsized despite it being available for cheaper on PC during sales and such.
 

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I'm definitely more excited for downloadable games vs. retail for 2012. On XBLA I'm mostly looking forward to FEZ and Spelunky HD.
Those are the 2 games I'm looking forward the most as well... Also Retro City Rampage.

My XBLA wish for the year: Shadow Complex 2 announcement.

Edit: Oh and that Alan Wake game.
 

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I'm definitely more excited for downloadable games vs. retail for 2012. On XBLA I'm mostly looking forward to FEZ and Spelunky HD.
Have you been testing it out with an arcade stick?
 

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Are they really calling it "Spelunky HD" now? You know, with the HD added at the end.
That's pretty shamelessly copying PS3's "Spelunker HD".
 

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Hopefully EA stick NBA Jam: On Fire in the sale for next week. Other possible games in the sale:

Burnout Crash
Gatling Gears
The Fancy Pants Adventures
Spar e Parts
Battlefield stuff
Microbot
Dead Space stuff
Deathspank stuff
 

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Hopefully EA stick NBA Jam: On Fire in the sale for next week. Other possible games in the sale:

Burnout Crash
Gatling Gears
The Fancy Pants Adventures
Spar e Parts
Battlefield stuff
Microbot
Dead Space stuff
Deathspank stuff
Gatling Gears is a must buy if it's on sale, as is NBA Jam and possibly Microbot. The other games are pretty meh in my opinion.

Anyway, any release this week? Trials Evo? AW: AM? Wrecked?
 

Speedymanic

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AW:AM will be announced at least a few weeks before so they can do some usual XBLA marketing hype stuff. I would also assume that it'll be party of their "Spring Fever" or whatever XBLA line-up
Damn, was hoping it would be out very soon like in a couple of weeks or perhaps even this week. Unrealistic, but damn it I wanted it. :(

Whatever they do release had better be good, they need to start the year with a big release. A sign of things to come from the service.
 

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Totally forgot about Class 3! The most interesting zombie game concept out there.
 

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Has Blow confirmed the platforms for The Witness? I'm guessing that's a lock for XBLA GotY assuming it's coming to XBLA.
 

Falt

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Has Blow confirmed the platforms for The Witness? I'm guessing that's a lock for XBLA GotY assuming it's coming to XBLA.
Being totally optimistic, it's not looking good. From the wikipedia page...

...though Blow had intended to create versions for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 consoles, he later opted to forgo development on these, believing the consoles unable to perform what he needed the game to do.
 
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