Xbox Live Summer of Arcade to return?

Summer of Arcade

The Summer of Arcade (known as the Winter of Arcade by our Antipodean cousins) was a seasonal promotional event that showcased the latest Xbox Live Arcade titles, and ran annually from 2008 until 2013.

The promotion brought us some of the greatest XBLA games around – from Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2 in 2008, all the way to the phenomenal Brothers: A Tale of two Sons in 2013. Throughout the summer for five weeks (four weeks in 2013) a new (and usually excellent) XBLA title landed with a splash on our Xbox 360s. There was often an incentive for picking them all up, often in the form of Rewards Credits for Xbox Live Rewards members.

Well, it seems that Summer of Arcade is about to be revived, if notable leaker of Xbox related information Ekim has worked his magic once again.

According to Ekim, the promotion this year will be called Summer Spotlight – just like last year’s summer event, which saw 25 games released over a five week period throughout July and into August. The rumour is that this year’s event will kick off at the end of July.

Summer of Arcade Returning

If you weren’t a 360 owner, check out the table below to see the incredible games that Summer of Arcade delivered.

YearGames
2008Bionic Commando Rearmed
2008Braid
2008Castle Crashers
2008Galaga Legions
2008Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2
2009Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes
2009Shadow Complex
2009'Splosion Man
2009Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time Re-Shelled
2009Trials HD
2010Castlevania: Harmony of Despair
2010Hydro Thunder Hurricane
2010Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light
2010LIMBO
2010Monday Night Combat
2011Bastion
2011From Dust
2011Fruit Ninja Kinect
2011Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet
2011Toy Soldiers: Cold War
2012Deadlight
2012Dust: An Elysian Tail
2012Hybrid
2012Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD
2012Wreckateer
2013Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
2013Flashback
2013Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
2013Charlie Murder

If this year’s event – whatever it is called – provides this level of quality, we’ll be happy Xbox One owners indeed.

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