Microsoft officially details Xbox LIVE Summer of Arcade 2013

By Prarthito Maity , Updated Aug 09, 2013 11:58 AM EDT
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Microsoft has finally revealed its schedule for this year's Xbox LIVE Summer of Arcade with a brand new event due every week on Wednesdays.

For those who are not really sure as to what this Xbox LIVE Summer of Arcade is, it's basically Microsoft's annual showcase for the Xbox LIVE Arcade, with a number of smaller games being in the spotlight due to Microsoft's month long promotion.

With the release of next generation consoles such as Xbox One and PlayStation 4 not far away, both the companies are looking for certain promotional tactics to offer a leverage for their respective consoles. Accordingly, one of the tactics Microsoft has been employing for a long time for making Xbox Live look more enticing to fans and newbies is by introducing the special Summer of Arcade promotion.

There will be as many as four games being highlighted this year, starting with Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, and finishing with the massively anticipated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, the licensed game published by Activision. Microsoft is also set to host a live streaming event each week to showcase the newest release.

Moreover, fans that buy any two Summer of Arcade games are also entitled to receive a Souls Pack for Ascend: Hand of Kul.

Here's a look at all the games to be offered:

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons - Players, in this fantasy-oriented adventure game, will guide two brothers on an epic journey, with the option to control both at once with each thumb stick in co-op play. On their journey, players will explore puzzles, seek out varied locations and fight boss battles.

Charlie Murder - The game will see fallen punk rock idols Charlie Murder facing off against rival death metal band Gore Quaffer and their army of the damned. This new RPG brawler hybrid has been inspired by coin-op beat 'em ups and dungeon crawlers.

Flashback - The game's story kicks off after Conrad B. Hart of the G.B.I. is re-enlisted to see the return of an acclaimed gaming series. Players here will uncover alien conspiracies and through complex and deadly environments.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows - basically a sort of a prequel where players learn how and where it all started. Players will take on the role of the four turtles fighting to save New York City from mutants, the Foot Clan, and Shredder.

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