Xbox Live Summer of Arcade to return?
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.
What would you say when I told you the Summer of Arcade is coming back this year? Different name of course.
— ekim (@ekim_gaf) July 2, 2016
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.
If you weren’t a 360 owner, check out the table below to see the incredible games that Summer of Arcade delivered.
|2008||Bionic Commando Rearmed|
|2008||Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2|
|2009||Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes|
|2009||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time Re-Shelled|
|2010||Castlevania: Harmony of Despair|
|2010||Hydro Thunder Hurricane|
|2010||Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light|
|2010||Monday Night Combat|
|2011||Fruit Ninja Kinect|
|2011||Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet|
|2011||Toy Soldiers: Cold War|
|2012||Dust: An Elysian Tail|
|2012||Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD|
|2013||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows|
|2013||Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons|
If this year’s event – whatever it is called – provides this level of quality, we’ll be happy Xbox One owners indeed.