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]
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.
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]
In what may be the least about of lead time Microsoft has given for announcing a release, we have just found out that EA's Boom Boom Rocket will be released in a little more than five hours. This title is quite important in that not only is it EA's first steps into the world of XBLA, but it's also Bizarre's first title for the service since Geometry Wars.
Personally, after just getting into Elite Beat Agents for the DS, I'm very curious as to how this title will shape up.
From the press release:
“Boom Boom Rocket” Brings Rhythm to the Night on Xbox Live Arcade
A new original title rockets onto Xbox Live Arcade from Bizarre Creations (the creators of the critically acclaimed “Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved”) and publisher Electronic Arts. “Boom Boom Rocket” will be available for download on Xbox Live Arcade for Xbox 360 beginning Wednesday, Apr. 11, at 0900 GMT (2:00 a.m. PDT).
The addictive and original “Boom Boom Rocket” is the first music-rhythm game to appear on Xbox Live Arcade. Players trigger rockets to the beat of the music while traveling through a 3D cityscape. The better the player times the explosions, the more spectacular the fireworks effect. The fireworks are choreographed to 10 original tracks created by Ian Livingstone, who recently scored “Batman Returns” and “Project Gotham Racing 2.”
X360A.org have gotten their hands on Boom Boom Rocket's achievements list. If you recall BBR will be released very soon - possibly next week. The achievements themselves are based mainly around getting various skill ratings on the songs as has been common with other rythmn games released for the 360.
EA has launched a new dedicated official EA Xbox Live Arcade website with information about their games and forums. Currently, the website has four slots for upcoming games with two of them being filled by Wing Commander Arena and Boom Boom Rocket and another two blank. This makes me wonder if either 1) EA has two other titles that are currently well into development or 2) the designers felt the need to reserve that space for future use. Only time will tell how soon the third and fourth titles from EA will be revealed.
[Via Wing Commander CIC]