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Microsoft Unveils 2011 Summer of Arcade Picks

Lineup includes Bastion, Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet and Fruit Ninja Kinect. Wait, really? Fruit Ninja?

Ah the Summer of Arcade, that special time of the year when children and adults alike can avoid basking in the warm summer breezes and touching anything that remotely resembles fresh air, and instead spend five straight weeks downloading and playing through five new Xbox Live Arcade games Microsoft deems rad enough to put in its Summer of Arcade promotion.

One of these games is not like the others...

Most of the lineup actually consists of titles we around the Giant Bomb offices have been looking forward to for quite a while now, such as the debut title from Fuelcell Games, Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet, and Ubisoft's intriguing "spiritual successor" to Populous, From Dust. One I'm personally looking forward to is Toy Soldiers: Cold War, the follow-up to Signal Studios' surprisingly enjoyable tower defense game.

And then there's Fruit Ninja: Kinect. Yeah. Fruit Ninja. Kinect. Mmmhmmm.

Moving on! Last, but definitely not least is the debut title from Supergiant Games, Bastion. Obviously, we have a slightly vested personal interest in that one, what with all the coverage of it we've had via our Building the Bastion segments on the Happy Hour shows. Still, I'll try and remain as objective as possible in wishing congratulations to the Supergiant posse regarding their inclusion.

The promotion kicks off July 20th. No specific dates have been given for each title yet, but expect one a week for the five weeks starting on the 20th. Can we maybe have Fruit Ninja come the last week? During Gamescom? That'd be swell. Thanks.

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Ah the Summer of Arcade, that special time of the year when children and adults alike can avoid basking in the warm summer breezes and touching anything that remotely resembles fresh air, and instead spend five straight weeks downloading and playing through five new Xbox Live Arcade games Microsoft deems rad enough to put in its Summer of Arcade promotion.

One of these games is not like the others...

Most of the lineup actually consists of titles we around the Giant Bomb offices have been looking forward to for quite a while now, such as the debut title from Fuelcell Games, Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet, and Ubisoft's intriguing "spiritual successor" to Populous, From Dust. One I'm personally looking forward to is Toy Soldiers: Cold War, the follow-up to Signal Studios' surprisingly enjoyable tower defense game.

And then there's Fruit Ninja: Kinect. Yeah. Fruit Ninja. Kinect. Mmmhmmm.

Moving on! Last, but definitely not least is the debut title from Supergiant Games, Bastion. Obviously, we have a slightly vested personal interest in that one, what with all the coverage of it we've had via our Building the Bastion segments on the Happy Hour shows. Still, I'll try and remain as objective as possible in wishing congratulations to the Supergiant posse regarding their inclusion.

The promotion kicks off July 20th. No specific dates have been given for each title yet, but expect one a week for the five weeks starting on the 20th. Can we maybe have Fruit Ninja come the last week? During Gamescom? That'd be swell. Thanks.

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Edited by MeatSim

yea Bastion

Posted by Gumby

Get your iOS out of my Xbox please!

Posted by DethandRez

Looking forward to Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet.

Posted by ez123

Weakest Summer of Arcade yet. Shadow Planet is the only one I am interested in. 

Posted by Origina1Penguin

Should've replaced Fruit Ninja with Trenched.

Posted by Amos

Kind of expected Ms. Splosion Man to be in there.

Posted by SSully

Good for Bastion. Now they just need to get it on PC or PS3.

Posted by ExtremeJesus

Sweet. Good on Bastion. Psyched for that game.

Posted by ReyGitano

Bastion is a beacon of hope in a summer filled with Fruit Ninja.

Posted by Vexxan

Hurray for Bastion!

Posted by Sogeman

Fruit Ninja should have been Ms Splosion Man. You know an interesting game that's not a phone game.

Posted by zombie2011
@Origina1Penguin said:

Should've replaced Fruit Ninja with Trenched.

No because then they would have two tower defense games in the SoA. 
 
I would rather have Toy Soldiers 2 then trenched.
Posted by transience

Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet is going to be awesome. I hope it's $10 but I'll gladly pay $15.

Posted by SkullcrusherMountain

No Trenched? Denied.

Posted by Hot_Sawce

You can count on all of the Summer of Arcade games to be $15.

Posted by cbirdsong

Jeez, you guys are no fun. Fruit Ninja seems like a hilariously appropriate game for Kinect.

Posted by Lokar36

Where the fuck is Trenched? I sure hope it gets out before the summer of arcade starts. holding it until after would be Balls!

Posted by WinterSnowblind

No Trenched or Ms. Splosion Man? Probably the two biggest exclusives coming to XBLA, would have thought they'd be on here.

Posted by Terry_Bogard
@ez123 said:
Weakest Summer of Arcade yet. Shadow Planet is the only one I am interested in. 
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Posted by MysteriousBob
FUCK YEAH FRUIT NINJA!!!! 
 
Just kidding. Bleh, I love Summer of Arcade but nothing here really interests me.
Posted by JayDubya

Good to see that Bastion made the cut. This should assure some extra attention and potentially sales.

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Posted by MJHAYLETT

fudge - that means From Dust won't come out day and date on PS3. Thanks Microsoft.

Posted by falling_fast

@Vegsen said:

Hurray for Bastion!

Posted by BeautifulSpaceCowboy

Can I just get Bastion now, please?

Posted by zameer

FRUIT NINJA? you've got to be fucking kidding me

Posted by ShaneDev

I hope From Dust is good and we get to see more of it at Ubisofts conference.

Posted by Genjai

Fruit Ninja... So, wait, Fruit Dealer made a video game?

Posted by Amos

Everyone wondering about Trenched its out in 2 weeks on the 22nd.

Posted by andrewf87462

Bastion FTW!!!!
Posted by craigbo180

Not really that great this year, I am getting bastion. Considering from dust and insanely twisted shadow planet. Possibly get toy soldiers on a price drop but I skipped the original.

Posted by christ0phe

Pretty blah list

Posted by tangmcgame
@Lokar36 said:

Where the fuck is Trenched? I sure hope it gets out before the summer of arcade starts. holding it until after would be Balls!

I don't know how it all works, but Trenched releases a month before this promotion starts.  Is that relevant?
Posted by porr

WHERES MY SF:3S ALREADY!

Posted by Getz

The pricing on fruit ninja is gonna be critical. I can't believe so many of you are against this being in here; it's visceral and satisfying and at low price point I think it'd be a fun diversion. If it's 10 bucks, well, no one's going to buy it.

Posted by SleepyDoughnut

I like Fruit Ninja... I wouldn't pay $10 for it, but it's fun.

Posted by blacklab

Wow, love for Bastion in the official release. Good luck guys!

Posted by beard_of_zeus

Great lineup, sans Fruit Ninja. I've really been looking forward to all the other games in the lineup, though.

Posted by Kyle

@porr said:

WHERES MY SF:3S ALREADY!

You've picked a very odd place to voice this grievance...

Posted by Kyle

@Genjai said:

Fruit Ninja... So, wait, Fruit Dealer made a video game?

Actually, Fruit Dealer is the villain. He's the one throwing all the fruit and the ninja.

Posted by Jasta

Well chuffed for SuperGiant games, debut release and its featured in the Summer of Arcade!

Posted by RYNO9881

Wait, does this mean Bastion won't come out on PS3 till after summer? Because that would suck on so many levels.

Edited by fisk0

@RYNO9881 said:

Wait, does this mean Bastion won't come out on PS3 till after summer? Because that would suck on so many levels.

I haven't seen all the episodes and haven't been following the development, but didn't they explicitly say that there wouldn't be a PSN version of that? I seem to recall them saying something along the lines that there's a planned PC version, but no PS3 version?

Edit: If you look at the Bastion page, only XBLA and PC are mentioned as platforms.

Posted by TorMasturba

DUDE! I couldn't be happier for Supergiant Games! Not only did they get their game made and in partnered up with a big time partner, they also got into the huge promotional summer of arcade too!

Congrats to the SuperGiant Games guys, you rule!

Posted by Galiant

Give me Bastion on PSN, please!

...or at least PC! I really want to play it =)

Posted by heavyplay

Fruit Ninja will outsell everything else, just you watch.

Posted by jakob187

YES! Great to see Bastion getting the attention it deserves through Summer of Arcade! I'm sure that Supergiant is stoked to hear that, although part of me thinks they might've already known it was going to happen.

Regardless, congratulations to the Supergiant crew!

Posted by xaveri

This just goes to prove how awesome Bastion is going to be. Can't wait to play it. Congrats!!!

Posted by wrecks

Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet! And Bastion.. Hell yes.

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