XBLA Fans’ new Calendar Update helps you keep track of all those XBLA release dates that often seem to spring upon you at the last minute and remind you of those promised games you were looking forward to that just seem to disappear without explanation. In this edition we’re taking a look at October and some rumors for November so you can start organizing your MSP and schedule in some serious controller time or sick days well in advance.
There’s quite a few confirmed XBLA releases for October already. First up is Hell Yeah! Wrath of the Dead Rabbit on October 3 for 1200 MSP. If that sounds familiar it’s because North America got this one last month so we’d expect another Wednesday release to be announced otherwise it’ll be a quiet week for many. However there are two Friday releases this first week as Sega release their XBLA ports of NIGHTS into dreams and Sonic Adventure 2 both for 800 MSP on October 5. The following week looks a bit busier with two Wednesday releases so far as Worms Revolution hits XBLA on October 10 along with Naughty Bear: Panic in Paradise for 1200 MSP. Zombie Drive HD finally makes it onto XBLA on October 17 for 800 MSP and we also have another Friday release this week as Alien Spidy is released October 19 also for 800 MSP. Towards the end of the month Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus is released on October 24 at 1200 MSP and Blood Knights gets the coveted Halloween release date priced at 1200 MSP. Major Nelson just confirmed this morning that Pool Nation will drop October 12.
A few games missed their promised September release window. XBLA’s first free-to-play game Happy Wars was due last month, but is currently in beta testing. Pid is still MIA, and we’re left wondering if the May release date for Retro City Rampage meant 2013. There’s also no word on the Trine 2 DLC pack that was promised for September and unfortunately Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD’s DLC failed certification so we’ll need to wait a bit longer for that one. On the other hand Dollar Dash is still aiming for October and Telltale Games tell us that the fourth episode for The Walking Dead series is set for October.
November is looking a bit quieter however. So far the only game expected this month is Skulls of the Shogun, which was originally supposed to release alongside Windows 8, but now appears to be delayed since developers 17bit are now saying November. However Scourge: Outbreak is aiming for Q3 so it may surface this month along with Guardians of Middle Earth, which was aiming for a fall release.
Here’s a quick recap of all confirmed releases so far:
- 10/03 Hell Yeah! Wrath of the Dead Rabbit (1200 MSP)
- 10/05 NiGHTS Into Ddreams... (800 MSP)
- 10/05 Sonic Adventure 2 (800 MSP)
- 10/10 Worms Revolution (1200 MSP)
- 10/10 Naughty Bear: Panic in Paradise (1200 MSP)
- 10/12 Pool Nation (800 MSP)
- 10/17 Zombie Driver HD (800 MSP)
- 10/19 Alien Spidy (800 MSP)
- 10/24 Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus (1200 MSP)
- 10/31 Blood Knights (1200 MSP)
- 10/10 A World of Keflings: Sugar, Spice and Not So Nice (320 MSP)
- 10/? The Walking Dead Episode 4 (400 MSP)