Microsoft has yet another promotion to hype up the release of new Xbox Live Arcade titles. This time the promotion, titled ”Arcade NEXT” will feature such high profile titles as Trials Evolutions and Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition. You can see the list of titles and their release dates below:
- Trials Evolution (1200 MS Points) on April 18
- Bloodforge (1200 MS Points) on April 25
- Fable Heroes (800 MS Points) on May 2
- Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition (1600 MS Points) on May 9
Trials? Fable? Minecraft? XBLA has some heavy hitters on its hands with this latest promotion.
Beamdog has anounced Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition will be recieving an iPad release courtesy of developer Overhaul Games. This iPad release will launch alongside the PC release in the summer and will include everything that’s in the PC version including the Tales of the Sword Coast expansion. Both versions will also see the inclusion of new story content, extra quests, and new party members.
The iPad version of Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition will run on the Infinity Engine. No release date has been given for either version of the game.
Today the Playstation Blog revealed that LittleBigPlanet developer Media Molecule will be teaming up with ModNation Racers developer United Front Games to develop LittleBigPlanet Karting. The game, which is due out later this year exclusively on the Playstation 3, will build on the foundation laid by ModNation Racers.
James Grieve, senior producer at United Front Games, told the Playstation Blog that players should expect a new toolbox specifically tailored to allow for building in LittleBigPlanet Karting‘s world,” along with racing and battle modes with modifiable rule sets.”
Square-Enix has confirmed that the 3DS-exclusive Final Fantasy rhythm game Theatrhythm Final Fantasy will be heading to North America and Europe this summer. Originally released in Japan back in February, Theatrhythm Final Fantasy does what the name implies: combine the worlds of rhythm games and Final Fantasy into one pleasing little package.
When released in February, the game was the first to take advantage of the new Nintendo Network. It remains to be seen if the DLC from the title will make its way to North America and Europe as well.
The multiplayer form title “crews” from Max Payne 3 will carry over to Grand Theft Auto V says Rockstar co-founder Dan Houser. Speaking to IGN, Houser revealed that Grand Theft Auto V will share Max Payne 3‘s crews via Rockstar’s Social Club.
“Multiplayer is an ever-more important part of all our games moving forward,” Houser said. “And by creating crews through Social Club, the crews that you create in Max Payne 3 will be ready and available for you to play in Grand Theft Auto V from day one.”
It will be interesting to see just how this multiplayer crossover will pan out once both games are released.
For the fiscal year ending January 28, 2012, Gamestop’s global sales reached $9.55 billion. This is a “modest increase” from the same period last year although they mark an “all-time high” for the company. However, this year only saw a $339.9 million dollar gain this year, opposed to their record net profit of $408 million in 2010.
Finally, the company also revealed that digital receipts grew 57 percent during the year, reaching $453 million.