Our eagle-eyed forumites are one step ahead of me again. And here I thought that I could refresh Gamerscoreblog every five minutes and beat everyone to the punch. Wrong. But that's beside the point. The real important news is (as confirmed by Major Nelson) that Golf: Tee It Up! and Schizoid will be released this Wednesday (each for 800 MSP).
Tee It Up! looks like a solid and attractive golf game for the platform but my personal interest falls on Schizoid. The first XNA Game Studio game will finally be released into the wild after months of hype. Can it hold its own? Will the totally cooperative gameplay be successful? Only a few more days till we can find out for ourselves.
Check out the Xbox.com pages and then let me know if either suit your fancy.
Many days and weeks have passed since last mentioning Schizoid (that color-coded co-op crashfest being developed by Torpex Games). Many wondered if the game would ever see the light of XBLA. A strange thought, considering the game's status as XNA poster child. Despite what the naysayers are saying (and naying), the game lives and even has some sparkling new screens courtesy of Xbox360Fanboy's loving interest.
Previous coverage (to jog everyone's rusty memories).
Flying under the radar at Tokyo Game Show this year was Schizoid, the upcoming, XNA developed, cooperative ship melee game. If you knew nothing about this game before now that must sound strange. Luckily, you know you need help and you've come to the right place. We here at XBLArcade.com are willing to take time out of our day to point out the necessary information to you so that you can enjoy waiting for this game with the best of 'em.
First, a preview of the game by IGN. In it, the basic premise of the game is detailed (run your ship into enemies of your color and avoid the opposite color while your partner smashes the opposite color enemies and avoids enemies of your color) and they also reveal a new mode called "Uberschizoid". What makes it so "uber"? How about playing the game solo and controlling both ships, one with each analog thumbstick. How strong is your right-left brain connection? As strong as this guy's?
Schizoid still confusing you? Then watch some videos embedded below (one now, one post-breakage) and all will become clear.
Okay, so we all know now how wrong I was about the Brutally Fun site. However, it was not a total loss. Alongside the announcement of Ninja Gaiden 2 was a bevy of Japanese themed XBLA games that are coming.
And guess what is among them? Ikaruga. It even says "available soon."
As awesome as it is to hear Ikaruga's solidly confirmed (not that we didn't expect it), I must say the surprise story for me is the announcement of Rez coming to XBLA. Then again, maybe it shouldn't surprise me after all.
The full list of mentioned XBLA games is as follows: Every Extend Extra Extreme (Q Entertainment), EXIT (Taito), Ikaruga (Treasure Co. Ltd.), OMEGA FIVE (Hudson Entertainment), Rez (Q Entertainment), Triggerheart Exelica (Warashi), Braid (Number None Inc.), Castlecrashers (The Behemoth), and Schizoid (Torpex Games LLC).
I'm too tired to say anything else of value, so just read the details after the break and let all this all sink in.
News Flash from xbox.com after the break.
Schizoid was announced back at GDC as the first XNA game to reach XBLA. Well, it's been more than 5 months since that announcement and the first screens were shown. Now, Gamefest 2007 is underway and Torpex Games is using the conference to debut the game. And to calm those who aren't attending we've finally got some video to scour for details.
The gameplay consists of "players [teaming] up to protect each other from a seemingly endless stream of glowing enemies." Basically, co-op is king here and if you don't work together to take out these mysterious iridescent enemies (which remind me a lot of flOw) that match your color (either red or blue, although it looks like blue and gold to me) you will both perish. Fight together and die together. At this point it seems like a mashup of Ikaruga, fLOw, and Mutant Storm with co-op as the main feature. Sounds pretty good to me.
More useful info via quotations after the break.
The next stage is the "Concept Greenlight" - they regularly have a group get-together to review proposals and decide whether they want to pass on them or not. Apparently, at our greenlight, we were the only concept that had a prototype. So a prototype will definitely help you stand out. "Don't build it and they won't come." Our prototype, by the way, was only three man-months of work.
The next stage is a due diligence meeting. Here, they want to establish that you can actually execute, and finish the game before your launch window. Any red flags or concerns they have will be raised. For example, they wanted to know how long we could survive if the game slipped; they wanted to know if we had a test plan. For us, I think it helped that everybody on the team has an established track record.
And that's where we are now. Coming up later is the certification or TRC - the "technical requirements checklist" - all the console manufacturers do this. And games that have network play have much more elaborate requirements than ones that don't. It takes two weeks to get through cert - and if you fail, it resets. You have to take another two weeks.[/quote]I guess we can now better see why there was such issues with a game like Worms, who missed a few of it's release dates. Sure the Xbox Live Arcade team has been pushing that down our throat for awhile now, but I think it bears so much more weight coming from a vocal third party voice. It would be interesting to see what the average turn around time is for a game to go from failing certification to the developers fixing the issue to being back in the certification process. My guess is that first the developer will need a few weeks for fixing the game and then thoroughly testing it on their end before sending it back. Failing a certification would instantly push you back possibly a month or more for the next release date.
Well the XBLA news and info from GDC just keeps pouring in. This time it's screen shots for the "first XNA developed" XBLA title (Gee you'd think TeamXbox would know that ), Schizoid. While you can't really tell much about the game from the shots, they certainly look better than I was initially expecting.
You can check out the shots here.
As part of Microsoft's Dream-Build-Play press release this morning, they announced the first XNA developed title that will hit the XBLA service. While not much is known about Schizoid, other than it is being developed by Torpex Games, Microsoft had this to say about the title:
“Schizoid” is a co-op action game in which teamwork matters like never before, as gamers and their friend or AI ally protect each other from barrages of glowing enemies. The title is scheduled to launch on Xbox LIVE Arcade before the end of 2007.
I for one am extremely happy to see that Microsoft seems to be serious about their desire to turn XNA into "the YouTube" of video games.