Four games comprise this year's Xbox 360 Summer of Arcade download promo in August, with the 1990s momumental "Flashback" making a return and "TMNT" arriving ahead of Michael Bay's 2014 revival movie.
Four games comprise the 2013 Xbox Live Summer of Arcade
First up is "Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons" on August 7. It's presented as a touching storybook tale with a clever two-character dynamic remeniscent of "Kuri Kuri Mix," "Ilomilo" and "Katamari Damacy."
It was made in collaboration with film director Josef Faroes, and represents a change in direction for Starbreeze Studios, the Swedish outfit well known for action-packed titles "The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay," "Syndicate," and subsiduary Overkill's "Payday." Windows PC and PS3 downloads are to follow.
"Charlie Murder" arrives the next week, Ska Studios having carved out a solid reputation over the Xbox 360's lifespan, building on the success of must-have download "I Made a Game with Zombies In It!" and "Charlie Murder" takes "Scott Pilgrim" and turns it into a baddie-bashing ode to punk rock goodness.
The 1992 sci-fi platform game "Flashback," starring an amnesiac lead character Conrad B. Hart and set in a well-realized future metropolis, featured sophisticated animation techniques that helped connect it with 1991's French-made "Another World."
The remake, also by original developer VectorCell, will also launch on the PlayStation 3 later in 2013 and could herald an upturn in fortune for the French studio, whose 2012 horror project "Amy" was not favorably recieved.
Finally, "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows" comes from Austin-based Red Fly, a studio that assisted on conversions of "Ghostbusters: The Video Game" and "Thor: God of Thunder" and has been delving into mobile with "Piñata Piñata" and "Elenints."
As with previous Summer of Arcade promotions, there's an incentive to collect more than one release: those who snap up two or more will also receive a booster pack for imminent free-to-play action game "Ascend: Hand of Kul" from Signal Studio of "Toy Soldiers" fame.
Summer of Arcade 2013 dates
"Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons" (Starbreeze Studios)
August 7, 1200 MS Points (~$15)
"Charlie Murder" (Ska Studios)
August 14, 800 MS Points (~$10)
August 21, 800 MS Points
"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows" (Red Fly)
August 28, 1200 MS Points
"Bonus: Ascend: Hand of Kul" (Signal Studios)
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