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
Developer: Alientrap Games
Already released on PC, Capsized should be making its XBLA debut sometime in 2012. You play as an astronaut who’s ship crashed on an alien planet and must save the rest of your crew and escape the planet alive. It will also include previously unreleased content and features exclusive to XBLA. It’s looking like a promising 2012 platformer for XBLA.
Developer: Ska Studios
Not much is actually shown about Charlie Murder, the upcoming game from Dishwasher creators Ska Studios. What we do know however is that it’ll be a brawler starring a fictitious punk band that Charlie Murder fronts. It looks really promising with a unique art style that seems to be everything Ska Studios represents. Look forward to this game when it hits in 2012.
Developer: inXile Entertainment
Have you ever wanted to ride in a helicopter and save people’s lives? You’ll be getting that chance in the upcoming Choplifter HD. You’ll be playing a helicopter pilot sent out to rescue people. You’ll have to save people through dire situations like fires and zombie attacks. You won’t have to wait too long in the new year for this to hit on January 11.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Developer: Valve/Hidden Path Entertainment
Be prepared for the terrorists or the counter-terrorists to win in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. The game is planning on bringing back the classic CS feel with updated maps, new weapons, and new online modes. They’ve made the core experience much deeper with all the new additions. Keep a lookout for this shooter in early 2012.
Deep Black Episode 1 & 2
When the first trailer was shown for the upcoming Deep Black, it had a lot going for it. The emphasis on underwater action combined with over-the-shoulder third-person shooting looked like a great combination. Recent ratings suggest we’ll be getting this game in two episodes. There might be double the underwater action coming in 2012.
Defenders of Ardania
Developer: Paradox Interactive
Defenders of Ardania is shaping up to be one of the prettiest tower-defense games to come from the genre. You choose from three selectable races and form your defenses against enemies. However, you’ll be able to go on the offensive and take the fight to them in case you want them destroyed. It was supposed to be released in December but we’re looking forward to a 2012 release in the near future.
Developer: Grasshopper Manufacture
Even while making games with other developers, Grasshopper Manufacture sure know how to utilize Kinect in an interesting way with the upcoming Diabolical Pitch. Using throwing motions, you’ll be throwing baseballs during a crazy carnival with dressed up tiger mascots all over the place. It sounds like a crazy concept but leave it to Suda 51 to make a crazy concept with Microsoft Kinect.
Dust: An Elysian Tail
Developer: Dean Dodrill
3D is nice but sometimes, the most gorgeous looking games are 2D and Dust: An Elysian Tail looks like one of the most gorgeous 2D action RPGs to grace the system. Winner of the 2009 Microsoft Dream.Build.Play contest, it focuses on all demographics with its appeal to children through its animation. It looks like a classic 90’s animated film brought to life with great gameplay systems, be sure to look out for this one in 2012. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________
Dungeon Fighter Live (unannounced title)
Developer: Nexon Games
It’s been rumored pretty heavily that Dungeon Fighter, the popular MMO brawler, would be coming to XBLA sometime soon. Not many details have been announced but a recent ratings post made it clear that it’ll be coming out sometime soon. The rumored title of the game will be Dungeon Fighter Live but we’ll bring you more details in 2012.
It was sad when by the end of 2011, Fez hadn’t graced the 360 just yet but all is looking up in 2012. Phil Fish’s promising new platformer from Polytron looks to have crazy draw distance moments with rotating worlds, all with an impressive style that’s all his. With a recent ratings post, we might be getting this sooner than we think which we definitely hope for.