This week on XBLA: The Xbox Live Arcade Hits program! Okay, so maybe that's not the biggest news for everyone (since most of you have already snagged those games). But the promise of cheaper games on XBLA over time is certainly a good thing. Mini-woo!
Since the dash update and the rollout of the Hits program seem to be taking center stage this week, Microsoft has been kind enough to tease us with their slated December and January Lineup. The XBLA iceflow will bring us:
[via X3F, thanks to everyone that sent this in!]
Realize right from the get go that this could be as simple as someone at the ESRB clicking the wrong checkbox, but it certainly could be interesting. The ESRB now has there third listing for the game Gripshift. One for the PS3, one for the PSP, and now, one for the Xbox 360! Notice from the screen grab that the publisher has now changed to the developer of the game Sidhe Interactive. While I'm still thinking that this game is going to stay exclusive to the PlayStation 3 as it was published by Sony Online Entertainment, it certainly brings up some interesting questions about supposed XBLA/PSN exclusives. At this point very little is known about the publishing deals that exist between the platform holders and the independent developers. For instance, would it be possible to see some of the NinjaBee titles on PSN ?
Then again, this could be mush ado about a typo, we'll let you know when we find out more.
[UPDATE] It seems that this has been a possiblity for a while and shouldn't be taken as any sort of supprise or coup against Sony. Here's a quote from an interview with Mario Wynands of Sidhe from IGN back in December:
[quote] chubs: Are you considering any other e-Distribution platforms like Xbox Live Arcade?
MW: We are currently investigating digital distribution across multiple platforms, but for now are focused on delivering and supporting GripShift on PS3.[/quote]
[Thanks to chubigans at NeoGAF]