Matt, an XBox MVP, sent us the heads up that Scramble failed the final testing and certification, and as such will not be released tomorrow. No word yet as to how this will effect the rest of the scheduled games, but I can just imagine the backlash if Lumines Live's release date slips.
Here's the word from MSMVPS.com:
As part of our Xbox Live Arcade Wednesday’s program, “Scramble,” the classic arcade side-scrolling, space shooter from Konami, was slated to go live tomorrow, Wednesday, September 6. However, during the final testing and certification of the title, we discovered some minor issues that should be addressed. Therefore, we are going to take an extra week and fix these items to ensure a high quality game experience for all when the title does launch on its new date of Wednesday, September 13. Until then, we have a new bonus release going live tomorrow - the new Project Gotham Racing 3 theme deck for UNO will making its debut.
It's good to see that we will be finally getting a new theme deck (the same one that was originally part of last weeks release list then removed from the list).
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.
I have just received my September 2006 issue of the Official Xbox Magazine, which has a pretty nice section of Xbox Live Arcade goodness. While it shares everything that we already know, there is one part that caught my eye, as will yours:
It says that before Labor Day, which is September 4th, we will be seeing four additional arcade games released; Texas Hold 'em Poker, Time Pilot, Scramble, Lumines Live!. Other details include:
- Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 will have Live Play, (Of course?)
- Vision camera will work with Uno, Texas Hold 'em Poker, Hardwood Hearts, Hardwood Spades
- Scramble will feature side by side competitive multiplayer, for two (No co-op?)
- Lumines Live! will be 1,200 Microsoft Points
According to this press release here, Konami has stated that Frogger will be the first of their titles to hit the market place scheduled for (everyone's favorite) early summer time frame. The other announced titles (including Contra, Time Pilot and Scramble) will be out of that.
One of the best parts of the press release was this line:
...with additional major franchises launching in 2006 and 2007