Posted on July 28, 2008,

Summer of Arcade: Microsoft Announces XBLA Release Dates and Big Prizes

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Microsoft promised it would be releasing some of the most anticipated Xbox Live Arcade games in the next 4-6 weeks back on July 19, which would peg most of them inside August at the latest. Today they announced release dates for five big XBLA games (although we knew about one of them already), and they’re all coming by the end of August. Castle Crashers, Geometry Wars 2 – it’s going to be a great five week span on Arcade.

The full “Summer of Arcade” lineup is:

  • July 30: Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2 (800 Microsoft Points)
  • August 6: Braid
  • August 13: Bionic Commando: Rearmed
  • August 20: Galaga Legions
  • August 27: Castle Crashers

As for those prizes:

Play the trial or full version of the featured blockbuster Summer of Arcade game of the week and receive one entry into both the weekly prize drawing and Grand Prize drawings:

  • Grand Prize (x1) – 100,000 Microsoft Points, 12 month Xbox LIVE Gold subscription and an Xbox 360 Elite console
  • Runner-Up  Prizes (x2) – 10,000 Microsoft points and a free 12 Month Xbox LIVE Gold subscription
  • Weekly Prizes (x5) – 4000 Microsoft points

Not too shabby. If my math is correct, 100,000 Microsoft points equates to $1,249. That might not buy you everything available on the Marketplace, but it’d put a pretty good dent into it.

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