A sad day for all the 2D platforming fans out there, as Eternity's Child has jumped the XBLA ship to make its debut as a retail title on the Nintendo Wii.
Eternity's Child, which was shaping up to be a lush 2D gem for the XBLA library, was deemed unfeasible due to the size restrictions of XBLA. But how's this for irony -- the massive amount of high quality 2D art (which created the space problem in the first place) is now being reworked for the Wii's 480i/p output.
More and more it seems that the Xbox 360 platform could benefit from a new category of downloadable titles for games that do not fit under the 150MB limit of XBLA. I certainly doubt that Penny Arcade Adventures will be under 150MB per episode, so maybe exceptions are already being made. But will those exceptions become a new class of downloadables for the 360? One could hope. And then we would not lose games like Eternity's Child.
[Update]: According to an email from Luc Bernard (the game's creator) to xbox-archiv.de, this game is not only destined for the Nintendo Wii but also for the Nintendo DS (although different from the Wii version) and for the Playstation 3 as a PSN download. The PSN version is not mentioned in the ArtduJeu interview at all, so we'll have to take xbox-achiv's word for it at this point.
In addition to Eternity's Child, he is also working on other games including a "mature fairytale" called The Pink Princess (or is it The Rose Princess) which may arrive on XBLA. [via xbox-archiv, translated (poorly) here, thanks Wasabi]
Godfree at Gamertag Radio has just posted a few screen shots as well as a bit of new info about Eternity's Child. From the shots, you can clearly see that it seems that Luke Bernard (the main man behind this project) has certainly hit his goal of old school Disney art style. While the game is still quite aways off, it's pretty high on my own personal want list.
ILoveXBLA noticed recently that the XBLA wiki page has been updated to include yet another upcoming title; Eternity's Child. While all that's known about this title so far is that it's based off the works of Luke Bernard, and that it's scheduled for release in Spring 2007, the artwork on the official page is certainly intriguing.
We'll post more as soon as the info becomes available.