Xbox360Fanboy reports that the much hyped Fable 2, which had an XBLA tie-in announced during GDC 08, is actually going to have 3 XBLA titles attached to it.
Dubbed Keystone (the one announced at GDC), Mage Dice and Wizard's Tower, all 3 titles are being develop by Carbonated Games (Uno and Catan) and so far there's no info about pricing, release dates or if these titles will be released in a 3-in-1 pack or separated.
All the games will be playable in Fable 2 wether or not you bought the XBLA versions.
Could it be? It appears that Major Nelson has come through for us two weeks in a row. Of course, things aren't as perfect as they seem. What you see below is the newly corrected list. When the list originally appeared, it had a surprise visitor: Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo HD Remix.
Ever since that point speculation has run rampant. The most common theory seems to be this: SPFIITHDR appeared on PartnerNet and was "purchased" by so many people that it appeared on the list. Strange but true? We'll never know. So, let's just look (and read) below and focus on what we do know.
Top Arcade Titles (Full Versions)
|Rank||Last Week||Title||Release Date||WOC*|
|1||-||Track And Field||8/8/2007||-|
|2||2||Spyglass Board Games||8/1/2007||1|
|4||4||Sonic The Hedgehog||7/11/2007||4|
|9||-||TMNT 1989 Arcade||3/14/2007||21|
|10||9||3D Ultra Minigolf Adventures||4/18/2007||16|
*WOC: Weeks on Charts
Buried in the middle of a report on the new Elite 360 skew, Reuters is reporting that the Live Marketplace has hit 135 Million downloads, citing that Uno is the first XBLA title to hit the million units "sold". Whether this number includes the copies bundled with the Vision camera or not was not made clear, but chances are it does. Either way it's a great number to see and we hope to see many more.
You can check the article here.
OK I promise that will be the first and last rhyming headline.
Microsoft announced yesterday some new details about the future of XBLA Wednesdays including:
Nelson later updated the free poker info with this:
Just to be clear, anyone who downloads this game during the free period, will get the full un-locked version of the game to play. There will be no time out on the version (in other words...you can play as long as you want..whenever you want) as long as you download it during the first 48-hours. After the free period is over, then it's Arcade business as usual - there will be a demo, and the option to purchase the full game.
I don't know about you, but I'm interested to see what gameplay changes the PGR3 Deck will bring as Microsoft has stated in the past that there won't be any UNO Decks that are just a rebranding, that all decks will bring gameplay changes in line with the theme itself. Don't know how you would play racing UNO or Kudos UNO, but for 100 points, I'm willing to try.
UPDATE: it seems that Microsoft has removed all references to the UNO PG3 Theme pack, guess were not getting it today.
It seems that along with Frogger being set loose, MS quietly released the long awaited patch to fix the match-making issues they've been having with Uno. When asked about the update on various forums this morning, Richard Thames Rowan, UNO Program Manager at Carbonated Games, had the following to say:
Yes, this update fixed the multiplayer matchmaking (both Quick Match and Ranked Match), along with another of other bugs, including better theme deck support (which is invisible until new theme decks are released).
When searching around for information about the fix, we also found that Richard has been working on two new theme decks since as early as Late May. Here is hoping that we get to see some new themes soon.
While no specific date was released, Richard Thames Rowan, UNO Program Manager said:
"The UNO development team is aware of the problem that some people are having with matchmaking and has a fix going through certification right now. Hopefully, you’ll see this roll out soon, so no need to email anyone."
I know personally I've had this issue and it's great that it's being fixed, now maybe I can get those last two achievements. :)
You can check out the entire post on K1lla's Xbox Domain.
One of the moderators over at CheapAss Gamers, was playing Uno when one of the beta testers for MS new camera joined his game, the mod was able to grab his camera and grab a short clip for all to see. While it's not the most exciting use for Vision, it's great to see that it works.
You can check his post out here.
As promised, Uno is now available for download on the marketplace. There's no official site for it yet on Xbox.com, but as long as it's available for everyone, who cares :)
BTW I'm sure there will be tonnes more info coming out of the MS press conference, so stay tuned.
As mentioned earlier, we will be finally getting to enjoy some card playing fun when Uno is released on Tuesday May 9th. The bad news is that this seems to be the only XBLA game that is coming out during E3. Let's hope that they release a couple surprises along the way.
Here is the enitre E3 List
That's right folks, it seems we only have to wait another week or so to get our digital card game fix. According to a Press Release reported on Xboxic, mixed in with all that demo and trailer goodness is XBLA's Uno.
Check out the complete list here