TeamXbox scored some gameplay videos of Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2 and have also apparently nailed down the release date -- July 30th.
So despite the tease of getting Bionic Commando Rearmed being unfulfilled, we might end up with another treasure to, well, treasure come Wednesday.
Does this speedy release make up for the lack of online coop?
[via TeamXbox, thanks sumhydroponic]
One of Microsoft's many XBLA evangelists was live on E3 Live on Gamespot (thanks to being on the road with glitchy internet, I missed his name) talking up the "best content lineup" on XBLA ever and told the world that all these games would be out "by the end of the summer." And more specifically he said, "in the next two months."
If all goes as planned I'll likely be at least 4000 MSP poorer in two months time (though no price points have been announced).
After the break I'll hit on a couple of points that were covered about each of those games.
In a move that is a first for Xbox Live Arcade, Bizarre Creations has released online leaderboards for both Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved and Boom Boom Rocket. It will be interesting to see if more titles will be able to take this approach or if the resources required to do such a feat will be only available to bigger studios like Bizarre.
[Via Evil Avatar]
The Australian ratings group, OFLC, has updated their site with a few new Xbox Live Arcade entires. The interesting deal is that with this update they confirmed everyone suspicions that Geometry Wars Retro Evolved 2 will be coming soon to Xbox Live Arcade. The last time we brought up the rumor for this game was for the 100th game release, but it looks like we were off by a few months. No fears as it will be coming soon now!
Braid, Go Go Break Steady and Vigilante 8 arcade have also been placed on the OFLC.
It's great to see the continued, free updates for this title.
[Update] According to the BBR forums there has been a mix up and the tracks will be available soon.
[Update 2] They appear to be online and ready for download. It is called the Boom Boom Rocket Guitar Pack.
It appears that the recently purchased Bizarre Creations will be bringing Activision's first titles to Xbox Live Arcade this holiday season. In an interview with Develop, Activision's EVP of publishing, Robin Kaminsky, said "Obviously the first priority is the large-scaled titles, but [Bizarre Creations] have a very interesting process in terms of their ability to develop games for Xbox Live [Arcade] and we're interested in working with them on that." It is unclear whether these titles will be a in the Geometry Wars series, an existing Activision IP, or an entirey new IP; however, we don't have to long until the holiday season is upon us. With the breadth that Bizarre has shown on XBLA with Geometry Wars and Boom Boom Rocket one can only guess what they will be bringing out. Who knows, maybe Bizarre and/or Activision someone acquired the Fur Fighters license when the Acclaim ship sunk.
Since I'm already stalking Eurogamer's RSS feed I thought I would bring you all another nugget of XBLA information. This story started to look bleak, but it has a happy ending.
But while visiting Bizarre Creations, Eurogamer's Tom Bramwell asked more about Waves and the decision to leave it off XBLA. Ben Ward (Community Manager, Bizarre Creations) had this to say:
Waves is just a sort of throwback to where Geometry Wars came from originally - it's an Easter Egg in a game, it's one game mode, it's something that you'll play again and again to beat your high score, but it's not a full retail product.
Gareth Wilson (Design Manager, Bizarre Creations) added:
...it's almost a little bit odd to put a full blown version of Geometry Wars in PGR because it's actually bigger than a mini-game now. So we put Waves in because it's a good laugh, but it's left the nest really."
Sad really. But then there's the ray of sunshine, Ben Ward responds further on why Waves will not appear on XBLA:
It's because we had plans for Live Arcade, but Waves isn't it.
There you have it. Plans for XBLA. Let the speculation commence!
Get out your pitchforks and torches (or your wallets) because the latest installment in the Geometry Wars franchise will be a PGR4 exclusive. And worse still it will not be made available on XBLA at all. That's right, the next Geo Wars will (basically) cost you $60.
On the plus side this "new" Geo Wars (sporting the title Geometry Wars: Waves) is not considered to be a full-blown sequel. It is based on the cobweb-laden Retro Evolved and not the fresh and spunky Galaxies.
[via Pro-G, thanks Blue_Falcon]
Just missing a perfect opportunity for firework promotion during the July 4th celebrations comes word of DLC for Boom Boom Rocket. The package will include 5 new songs and will touch on new styles of music. What those new styles will be, and when this pack will arrive is anyone's guess.
Bizarre Creation's Ben Ward does hint that the new songs will be an extra challenge. "...they do seem to be a level above and beyond what we're all used to. That can only be a good thing for all the hardcore, blindfolded, multi-fingered BBR experts out there," he said.
One of the complaints about Boom Boom Rocket when it first arrived was the small song list. Anyone out there willing to shell out more money to fill out the game more? And if so, how much would you pay for 5 songs? 800 MSP?
[via IGN, thanks Blue_Falcon]