Summer of Arcade 4: Twisted, Cold, Dusty Fruit Bastion


Hot on the heels of its 2011 E3 Press Briefing, Microsoft announced that the Summer of Arcade will be coming back for a fourth year. Previous Summer of Arcade included some of the XBLA's best titles and, based on this year’s lineup, that trend isn’t slowing down.

The following titles are slated for release over the XBL Marketplace, beginning July 20, 2011:

Bastion: Bastion is an action role-playing experience that redefines storytelling in games, with a reactive narrator who marks your every move. Explore more than 40 lush, hand-painted environments as you discover the secrets of the Calamity, a surreal catastrophe that shattered the world to pieces. Wield a huge arsenal of upgradeable weapons and battle savage beasts adapted to their new habitat. Finish the main story to unlock New Game Plus mode and continue your journey!

From Dust: Discover a unique Modern God game where nature is the star. From Dust is the latest original concept by Eric Chahi, visionary creator of Another World. Behold the beauty of a primitive world pulsing with life and face the might of nature. Beware the danger of a world that is constantly changing under your command. Control the destiny of a tribe struggling to survive and help it recover its ancestors’ lost powers. Immerse yourself in a world as exotically beautiful as it is dangerous. A universe where Nature reclaims what is Hers; and you are your people’s only chance of survival.

Fruit Ninja Kinect: The worldwide gaming phenomenon Fruit Ninja has now arrived for Kinect in its juiciest form yet – YOU are the ninja! Your arms are now blades, and the battle against the world's most delicious produce is just beginning. Fruit Ninja Kinect is an amazing evolution of the slice-em-up genre created by Halfbrick, utilizing next-gen precision power for the juiciest combat ever!

Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet: This side-scrolling 2D action adventure game takes players on a journey through the curious Shadow Planet worlds, unique environments filled with twisted life, surreal ecologies, hostile creatures and environmental hazards. Players explore the depths of several interconnected themed areas, fighting swarms of enemies, battling bosses, solving mind-bending puzzles and acquiring power-ups to unlock new parts of the map.

Toy Soldiers: Cold War: Jump into the fray with playful' 80s combat action in Toy Soldiers: Cold War! Bring your favorite action toys to life and wage war against the red menace. Need backup? Call in a friend for co-op campaign action on the couch or over Xbox LIVE. Take a break from the main battle with Survival mode and playful mini-games. When you beat your LIVE friends’ scores, they’ll be gunning to reclaim the top spot!

We’ll be sure to get some hands-on time with the titles, so stick around for our continuing E3 2011 coverage.