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?
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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.
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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.
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]
Our eagle-eyed 360 community has spotted something of interest (and they are bickering about it in the comments) in the latest preview of Geometry Wars: Galaxies (currently slated as a Wii/DS title only). In fact, if you watch Gamespot's video preview you might catch it too. Then again, I took a screen and posted it here to save you the effort. Simply put, the word "Achievements" appears right there on the Galaxies pause menu. Could that mean it is headed for XBLA? Might it be that it will arrive alongside PGR4?
To be honest, I don't care how it arrives or it what iteration. I need more Geo Wars. Now. (I will settle for soon though!)
Two exclusive Geometry Wars sequels will be gracing the Nintendo Wii and DS respectively. Both are titled Geometry Wars: Galaxies. Let that sink in for a second. New Geo Wars, not on Live Arcade.
Even though it is certainly a disappointment, to some degree we should have seen this coming. Bizarre Creations may have strong ties to Microsoft but they are still a third-party developer. And right now the Wii and DS are riding massive buzz (and sales). And since the Wii and DS both foster a strong casual community, this game is a great fit. But still. My heart is heavy.
Puzzling in the announcement is the inclusive of "an extensive single-player campaign". Campaign? Not sure how that would work. The first two Geo Wars will be included with each game and multiplayer will be present in both versions as well. Also, each game will take advantage of each system's unique control mechanisms (touch and motion).
My only hope lies in the idea that these are companion games to Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved and that XBLA will get a full featured Geo Wars 3 with co-op, vs., and more bizarre and frustrating enemies than ever before. Don't crush my optimism Bizarre!
The May issue of Official Xbox Magazine (US) has an indepth preview of the retail title The Club by Bizarre Creations, which although interesting for XBLA fans isn't what is interesting about this issue. A sidebar feature in the preview points to two XBLA games currently being developed by Bizarre Creations, including one by Geometry Wars creator Stephen Cakebread. Could oen of those titles be the long rumored Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved sequel?
For those of you out there trying to squeeze every little bit of score out of Geometry Wars, IGN has just done you a favor by posting their new guide