We’ve spent the past week searching the internet and hounding our industry contacts in an effort to compile the ultimate 2012 XBLA Game Release List. We anticipated one heck of a year for Xbox Live Arcade. So epic we couldn’t even fit everything on one page. So without further ado, check out the list:
XBLAFans Anticipated 2012 Releases A-B
XBLAFans Anticipated 2012 Releases C-F
XBLAFans Anticipated 2012 Releases G-L
XBLAFans Anticipated 2012 Releases M-O
XBLAFans Anticipated 2012 Releases P-R
XBLAFans Anticipated XBLA Game Releases S
XBLAFans Anticipated XBLA Game Releases T-Z
Tetris Party Challenge
Developer: Tetris Online, Inc.
Recently confirmed via rating boards, the classic blocks will be arranged once again. Get ready for whatever challenge they have in store.
Developer: Golgoth Studios
Toki is the remake of the shoot-em-up platformer originally released on the NES in 1989. The game uses the same gorilla main character with the odd ability to shoot blinking balls. The game ages well thanks to improved cartoony graphics for the new generation.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD
Although not a remake of the original Pro Skater, the newest Tony Hawk game is a reboot of the franchise. The return of the original gameplay means you no longer have to use plastic skateboard controllers to play.
Sequel to the 2009 hit Trials HD, Evolution will feature the same tough-as-nails, over-the-top gameplay, but now in an open outdoors environment. New features include new skill games, improved tutorials, and four player competitive races. Did we mention flyable UFOs?
Developer: Hi-Rex Studios
Although currently a PC exclusive, Tribes: Ascend was originally announced for XBLA and its release it still in the cards. This multiplayer series pre-dates Halo, so look forward to some amazing, classic first-person online action.
Developer: Zoo Entertainment
Vessel focuses a grand science experiment gone wrong: the creation of living water. As its inventor, you have to stop the out of control water with machinery and a new liquid physics engine.
Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown
Virtua Fighter 5 was first released in Japanese arcades in 2006, but the newest downloadable version will be the definitive version. 19 playable fighters, dynamic arenas with breakable objects, upgraded mechanics, and online play; this must be the final showdown, because it’s hard to beat so much content.
The Walking Dead
Developer: Telltale Games
Telltale is putting the adventure game spin on the popular graphic novel and AMC show The Walking Dead. The game will focus on a whole new group of survivors trying to escape zombie-overrun Atlanta.
Developer: Blossom Minds
Save an adorable from drying up in the desert and help him fight an evil oil company in this very stylish platformer. How can you say no to that face?
Atari is re-making its classic four-player game Warlords once again, but expands on the fireball-deflecting formula with power-ups, minions, and new game modes. It’s time to defend your castle like it’s 1980!
Teased as a sci-fi stealth game, Warp puts you into control of a cute, puppet-like trying to escape from a science lab. Using skills like echo and swap, your only goal is to get out, but you can enjoy killing scientists in the bloodiest way possible.
Not much about this game is known beyond its recent rating, but with a name like Wreckateer you really should keep an eye out for this game. Imagine the destruction!
Wrecked: Revenge Revisited
Developer: Supersonic Software
From the makers of the Mashed franchise comes the spiritual successor to the classic racing franchise. A cart racer with a heavy weapon twist, this game’s online races will be perfect for adrenaline-fueled racing fans.
Zombie Driver HD
Developer: Exor Studios
A zombie hoard has taken over the city, and its up to you to take them out with vehicular combat. Numerous vehicles, tough bosses, multiple game modes, and multiple players make the apocalypse on extremely good time.