Microsoft announced it is grouping a handful of its
most anticipated Xbox Live Arcade games for a new “Arcade Next”
The event will see a new XBLA game
released from Microsoft Studios every wednesday from April 18 to May
9. The first game out of the gate will be RedLynx's Trials Evolution
(1200 Microsoft Points), followed by Climax's Bloodforge on April 25
(1200 MSPs). Rounding out the promo will be Lionhead Studios' Fable
Heroes (800 MSPs) and Mojang's little known DIY block title,
Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition on May 9 (1600 MSPs).
Minecraft is by far the most expensive
title in the “Arcade Next” lineup at $20, but that should in no
way stop hordes of non-PC fans from getting a hold of the port. As
for the promo's other headliner, Fable Heroes, $10 seems like a good
deal for a fairly high profile spin-off. Read our impressions of
Lionhead Studios' XBLA exclusive in GR's article, Fable Heroes preview - first look at the Albion themed beat 'em up.
Microsoft also reminded fans that April
marks the expansion of XBLA's achievement scoring system (read: Xbox Live Arcade games are about the double your Gamerscore). Starting next
month, the limit on XBLA achievement scores will be upped to 400,
which will include up to 30 unlockable achievements.