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Rocket Riot (Finally) Hits XBLA This Week

After a long wait, Codeglue's 8-bit-lookin' Live Arcade shooter will be out in a matter of hours.

Rocket Riot is a goofy, pixel art-styled shooter for Xbox Live Arcade out of the Netherlands that we've been seeing and hearing about in some capacity for, well, what seems like a long time now. Today we shall stop scratching our collective heads about when it's coming out, because THQ has announced it's coming out tomorrow. Here's a trailer that does a good job of communicating what Rocket Riot is all about.

  


So, what took so long? Gamasutra has an interview up with the developer, Codeglue, which addresses that very question.

The game appeared to be finished for quite a while now – how long has the waiting period been for you? Do you have any say on when the game will be released?

PDJ: The waiting period for us has approximately been 9 months, which certainly is a long time. But this hasn’t been due to the notorious certification process with Microsoft only.

We have developed Rocket Riot using Microsoft’s XNA 2.0. This has been a great technology for us to make the jump to a console platform like the Xbox 360, but we knew we were taking a risk when choosing this technology, as it hadn’t been fully developed yet.

And because our game uses all the Xbox 360 features so extensively, we had to wait from time to time for the XNA team to catch up with our own development. That said, the XNA team has always been very responsive to our requests and we’ve always had their full support during the development of Rocket Riot.


Keep your eyes peeled for the game to hit XBLA tomorrow, and perhaps we'll be back with some quick look action in the next few days, too.

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Posted by Brad
Rocket Riot is a goofy, pixel art-styled shooter for Xbox Live Arcade out of the Netherlands that we've been seeing and hearing about in some capacity for, well, what seems like a long time now. Today we shall stop scratching our collective heads about when it's coming out, because THQ has announced it's coming out tomorrow. Here's a trailer that does a good job of communicating what Rocket Riot is all about.

  


So, what took so long? Gamasutra has an interview up with the developer, Codeglue, which addresses that very question.

The game appeared to be finished for quite a while now – how long has the waiting period been for you? Do you have any say on when the game will be released?

PDJ: The waiting period for us has approximately been 9 months, which certainly is a long time. But this hasn’t been due to the notorious certification process with Microsoft only.

We have developed Rocket Riot using Microsoft’s XNA 2.0. This has been a great technology for us to make the jump to a console platform like the Xbox 360, but we knew we were taking a risk when choosing this technology, as it hadn’t been fully developed yet.

And because our game uses all the Xbox 360 features so extensively, we had to wait from time to time for the XNA team to catch up with our own development. That said, the XNA team has always been very responsive to our requests and we’ve always had their full support during the development of Rocket Riot.


Keep your eyes peeled for the game to hit XBLA tomorrow, and perhaps we'll be back with some quick look action in the next few days, too.

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Posted by DiGiTaL_SiN

Looks fun!

Posted by Andrela

looks good

Posted by Church069

Looks Interesting.  Probably download the trail version to see how it is.

Posted by EgoCheck616

I remember being excited for this... Before I sold my 360.
Bring it out on PSN and you've got a sale.

Posted by Lucidforest

Just got me some 4200 points. This looks like it might take up roughly 19% of that!

Posted by nanikore

Worms..?

Posted by Azteck

If it features co-op.. and/or something like Team Deathmatch it could be fun.

Will download trial though.

Posted by Diamond

3 games this week, this game, Magic and the Sam & Max season 1!  XBLA is finally back!

Posted by Josh

Oh my god, I remember seeing this @ Giant Bomb a YEAR ago! Wow, it's taken this long to come out?

Posted by wrecks

sold.

Edited by Ben_H

Looks like I'm gonna have to go get an points card or two.

Posted by Luke

Lol, Ninja, Pirate, and Zombie Characters all at once, on the same screen!!!  Sold! :p 

This game looks hawt!

Edited by TwoLines

It's basically Liero.
You know that PC game..
Anyone?
...
Nevermind then.

Posted by Lumley

I'll get the trial..
fingers crossed that it's awesome

Posted by BRINKTheMovieMyFavoriteMovie

OMG it has zombies, pirates, AND ninjas! Isn't that so random guys! Epic. Win.

Posted by RHCPfan24

It looks like a lot of fun. And I thought that announcer was dead...?

Posted by RoleyBaxter

Looks alot like Liero,  which is probably a good thing. Hard to say, from seeing the trailer, if its as much awesome fun as Liero was though.

Posted by Kraivyne

Looks great, anyone know any more information about this game? Like if you can get weapon upgrades or change your appeareance?



Posted by Media_Master

Sup[er} cool

Posted by khisanth

ooooo looks superb!

Posted by ZmillA

that video just sold me on a game I have never heard/seen before

Posted by Koof

soldat

Posted by Ouroboros

Well.


It's either this or Magic the Gathering.

PLEASE SOMEONE HELP ME CHOOSE! :(

I hope for surprise quicklooks for both the games tmrw
Posted by killdave

that really interested me ^ .. i think i'll buy it :p

Posted by Kraivyne
@Ouroboros said:
" Well.

It's either this or Magic the Gathering.

PLEASE SOMEONE HELP ME CHOOSE! :(

I hope for surprise quicklooks for both the games tmrw
"
I would really try to get both to be honest. The MTG game is superb looking and seems like great casual fun that you will get your monies worth.

This on the other hand looks like insane fun, I like how it has 4 player verses offline. Should be really good for parties and what have you.