Announcing ARCADE NEXT (and the Minecraft release date!)

We’re are extremely excited to announce a new promotion for Xbox LIVE Arcade. ARCADE NEXT ushers in the an awesome new era of Microsoft Studio’s Xbox LIVE Arcade games, so it’s appropriate that all these games feature 400 Gamerscore. The lineup includes Trials Evolution, Blood Forge, Fable Heroes, and of course Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition!

“This is going to be the best four weeks of game releases in the history of Xbox LIVE Arcade” said Ted Woolsey, Sr. Director of Digital Publishing at Microsoft Studios and the bossman of XBLA at Studios. He’s not kidding. Click Read More to view the complete  lineup – including their release dates!


















Trials Evolution is the next generation of the Trials family, but it a leap beyond a sequel to Trials HD.

For the first time, race with friends in your living room or on Xbox LIVE. Bust out of the warehouse and leave the straight and narrow, into a new outdoor world of night and day, curving drive lines, spectacular scenery, and a living world.

Build your own tracks with the included editor or download those of others from the new Track Central. In Trials Evolution, it’s survival of the fastest.

• 2-4 Player Multiplayer: Strut your stuff locally and on Xbox LIVE
• Global Track Sharing: Unlimited downloads and sharing
• Outdoor Environments: Bust out of the warehouse!
• Curved Driving Lines: Twist and turn through the great outdoors
• Many Play Styles: Trials, Supercross and Skill Games



Bloodforge – April 25th










Bloodforge is a 3rd person action-fighting game set in a fantasy world loosely based on Celtic mythology. The player takes the role of Crom, a fierce Celtic warrior, making his way in search of revenge across a world filled with a multitude of combat encounters with minions of the gods and boss battles against the gods themselves. The quest for revenge also turns into a journey of discovery and revelations, as the engaging and skillfully told narrative unfolds towards the finale.

• Brutal Combat: Combine devastating melee, ranged and rune attacks to deliver a fast-paced, bloodthirsty combat experience.

• Compelling Story: A rich narrative weaving dark and violent Celtic mythology into a world and story of epic proportions.

• Visual Punch: An extreme, stark, hi-contrast, graphic novel style, only matched by the ferocity of the combat itself.

• Single Player Campaign: Battle your way across stunning environments leading to colossal confrontations with the gods themselves.

• Blood Duels: Compare your score with either Friends or Leaderboards top ranked players constantly while playing to best them all.

• Friend List Challenges: Compete in and Challenge your friends to escalating battles to which there can only be one winner!



Fable Heroes – May 2nd










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, with four-player multiplayer time trials and leaderboards on Xbox LIVE.* Whether on the couch or using Xbox LIVE co-op, players work together to defeat enemies while also competing with one another to collect gold coins and level up.

• Challenge friends and foes. Pick your favorite hero and join forces with up to four of your friends to defeat your enemies. At the same time, compete with your friends to collect gold coins, which will level up your character and unlock items in “Fable: The Journey” when it launches later this year.**
• Explore a reimagined Albion. “Fable Heroes” was developed by Lionhead employees who have been fans of the franchise from day one. It includes regions, enemies and characters that fans of the “Fable” franchise will recognize, but with a unique art style that offers a fresh take on the world of Albion.
• Level up. Unlock features such as finishing moves, flourishes and power ups that will make your hero an unstoppable force.
• Play again and again. As you progress through the game, you will unlock increasingly difficult levels and minigames that will challenge you to gain new powers, beat your previous score and climb the leaderboards. In addition, you can set the difficulty from the start, offering a challenge for experts and novices alike.



Minecraft: 360 Edition – May 9th










Imagine it, build it! Minecraft for Xbox 360 lets you create worlds from the comfort of your sofa. Play alone or play with your friends. Explore, build and conquer! At night monsters come out, so make sure to build a shelter before that happens. After that, your world is your imagination. Turn your hours into minutes with Minecraft for Xbox 360!

• The infinite possibilities in Minecraft just got bigger. The gaming phenomenon is coming to the console for the first time exclusively to Xbox 360.
• The new crafting interface in Minecraft for Xbox 360 delivers a completely new way to build Minecraft worlds where your imagination is the only limit.
• Full featured Tutorial mode to teach the basics and help master essential skills faster.
• Social Multiplayer – up to 4 player split screen on one console, share the experience for the first time from the comfort of your couch.
• Play Minecraft for Xbox 360 with Friends over Xbox LIVE, combine split screen and Xbox LIVE play in any combination up to 8 players.


The Official Arcade Next Announcement Trailer!