December 10th 2009 3:00 pm PT

December Marketplace release schedule and a special Holiday Deal program

 

We’ve got a lot of stuff coming up this month. I am happy to share the latest schedule for the Xbox LIVE Deal of the Week, Xbox LIVE Arcade and Games on Demand and more.

 

Xbox LIVE Deal of the week*
Week of December 14:

Lips: Coldplay Track Pack for 240 Microsoft Points

Pinball FX (Japan) for  400 Microsoft Points
December 21 through December 27:
Shadow Complex for 800 points 
Week of December 28:

The Maw for 400 Microsoft Points

 

Here is the schedule for the next couple of weeks for Xbox LIVE Arcade:

December 16: Alien Breed Evolution (Episode 1) for 800 Microsoft Points
December 23: Trials HD BIG PACK! for 400 points

 

Games on Demand:

December 15: Viva Piñata: Party Animals
December 22: Lost Planet: Extreme Condition Colonies Edition and Devil May Cry 4
December 29: Gears of War

 

And of course, it’s Holiday Time…so we’ve got some special stuff lined up for you as well, starting with today’s release of Holiday items and tokidoki gear to the Avatar Marketplace. On December 24th, we’ll be releasing Disney Classic items to the Avatar Marketplace.

 

Finally, starting December 18th and continuing through the 31st we’ll be having a new Xbox LIVE Holiday Deal every single day. We’re not posting that schedule in advance so you’ll need to check back each day to see what the offer is. You can find out what each deal is by signing into Xbox LIVE and checking the dashboard. Plus each day, I’ll post the Holiday Daily deal to my Twitter account so you may want follow me so you can find out what the deal is even if you are not in front of your console. 

Edit: Here is the official press release

*May vary by region

Avatar Marketplace, Deal, Xbox 360 Games On Demand By Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson

  • HenkvdWeerdt

    TrailHD Pack sounds great if this includes the game.

  • Major Moyo

    @Henkvdweerdt: what extra stuff are included in the Trail HD big pack?

  • happysnowman163

    I’ve been waiting for serious sam hd for ages :( Thanks for the heads up; at least I now know I have to buy it from steam if I want it before christmas. On the plus side I can’t wait for alien breed!

  • DavidGX

    So will the new games on demand be CHEAPER than the retail MSRP or will they be overpriced?

  • K1LLER HORNET

    I think I may get Shadow Complex.
    I wish Trials HD was also on offer :)

  • BrooksterMax

    Some good deals and new releases here, I will probably get Shadow Complex and definitely Alien Breed. Loved the original on the Commodore Amiga, great to see it “reborn”.

    However you do have a massive game library now to exploit – surely more offers are possible and as I said before some “permanent” price drops would be good. Sometimes we don’t have enough money the same week as an offer!

    Looking forward to a good gaming Christmas though! :)

  • K1LLER HORNET

    @ HenkvdWeerdt

    The Trials HD Big Pack is DLC for the game, you have to buy the game separate (1200 Microsoft Points)

    @ MasterBoy90

    The Trials HD Big Pack DLC includes 50 levels/tracks :)

  • Resident Cynic

    The Trials pack contains 23 tracks, new mini game, new objects and bug fixes (including a leaderboard reset for glitched scores), not 50 tracks ;)

  • theuglyteradon

    Obligatory comment about Perfect Dark release date.

  • X Ray Hamburger

    Good joke… but where is Perfect Dark. Clearly December 23rd was meant to have Perfect Dark but all we get is an expansion for a game now? Oh well, I can’t complain about the deal of the day thing starting the 18th.

  • UnarmedGorilla

    Real $$$ for x-mas bling for my avatar that will be used for maybe 2-3 weeks tops… NOW THAT’S THE X-MAS SPIRIT!!! Think I’ll just stick with my free x-mas theme from last year and save my money to buy REAL presents for my kids.

  • Air23Maxx

    Where are the “Live Activity” results for the last 2 weeks?

  • Xlrking

    I agree with everyone about Perfect Dark, Rare has had more than enough time, they arent even working on a new main series game at this point.
    Unless there is another Banjo Kazooie in the process, then i dont wanna hear how they didnt release it on time.

  • backudog

    alien breed!!! woohoo!!!

  • captainjy

    What a joke. Microsoft is getting overly greedy, especially during the holidays. Why not offer a free Santa hat to all Gold Subscribers or at least a new Christmas Premium theme? The new Christmas theme is on Live, but will cost you $3. Problem is, MS knows they can get away with it. What’s a buck for a Santa hat? No biggie, but it’s the principle. As a paying member, I would expect a bone here and there. It’s pathetic, MS.

  • captainjy

    What a joke. Microsoft is getting overly greedy, especially during the holidays. Why not offer a free Santa hat to all Gold Subscribers or at least a new Christmas Premium theme? The new Christmas theme is on Live, but will cost you $3. Problem is, MS knows they can get away with it. What’s a buck for a Santa hat? No biggie, but it’s the principle. As a paying member, I would expect a bone here and there. It’s pathetic, MS.

  • El Cid

    I wonder what happened to Serious Sam HD?

  • ZybaMan

    Weird, I can’t sign up to the site with Firefox. Anyways, nice deal for Shadow Complex and if Geo Wars 2 is on sale, I’m buying that, too.

  • ZybaMan

    Is there going to be a VGA chat on the site like last year? Didn’t know where else to ask.

  • Phantaxus

    Any chance of posting an advance schedule of daily deals? Live point cards are difficult to come buy where I live.

  • Kris Ferein

    This would be great news IF I wasn’t living in Romania where we get the shaft from Microsoft on everything because of the region locking. I realize this is not your fault Major and I am not attacking you but I feel the need to lobby somehow against these ridiculous policies. While our money is good enough to buy Xbox 360 consoles and games, our money is not good when it comes to Xbox Live marketplace content. Just recently I lost 1200 points in a stupid attempt to get Ninja Gaiden Black. I don’t understand the general disrespect Microsoft has for my country, after all we gave you a lot of the programmers that work for you in Redmond. I know some of them so I would say it’s say you are aware of our existence. However you are not willing to admit we exist in Xbox Live as we cannot create an account with Romania as the locale. Since Xbox Live is a big part of the Xbox 360 market hype why not stop selling consoles in Romania until Xbox Live is available in this country? I am not sure what you are afraid of when you region lock your content. Sales? Good business? God forbid some poor guy from a 3rd world country shoudl spend some money in your marketplace(I am not talking about me). Oh, I see, you are trying to protect us, so we don’t spend money foolishly. Now I get it!
    Flame if you want, I don’t care; take all your Christmas content I will not be able to access with you. This is where I stand.
    Good bye.

  • Quaranj

    Perfect Dark can sit on the back-burner for a while if that means Rare is busy putting the final touches on Killer Instinct HD :)

  • Xlrking

    Man, thats right, i forgot about Killer Instinct, they did say they wanted to make a new one, but that was back in 2008, and i still see no word of the HD version of the original either, so im really worried about that.

  • BMW530XD

    My New years wish is that Games on Demand will have a new era in 2010 and will be priced equally low in every region of the world. Microsoft wake up and what Bill Gates in the beginning did, take a low price of every copy sold and the sale will explode and maybe you will start earning money :)

    Why is the price so ridiculous anyway? Shouldnt a digital copy be almost free to produce compared to a dvd/with cover and manual?

  • Fletch955

    Hey Major, what happened to Joyride the free game for XBox Gold memebers coming this fall / Xmas?

    Also when you can you start talking about the new Xbox coming next fall that Steve Ballmer accidently let slip, I hear it’s coming with blu-ray ( I hear the same for the new Wii too ! ). Will the new console ship with DX11 or even DX12, of course the Natal is already a given, not that I’d ever buy it soley for Natal. Do you guy’s honestly believe one day you’ll be able to a fly a real plane or drive a real car by holding your hands in front of camera? :)

    Looking forward to the Halo Reach beta next year though.

  • Thief000

    Seriously…..

    Releasing Mushihimesama Futari on Marketplace with typo’s in the title ((Hutari Black Lavel and titled in Japanese on the European Marketplace too), labeled as an add-on no less when it is a full game and for 1200MSP makes me LOL!

    IS THERE NOBODY AT MS THAT CHECKS FOR THESE ERRORS BEFORE POSTING STUFF ON MARKETPLACE???

    The entire marketplace needs to be checked for these kinds of errors. It’s bad for your rep guys and gals, get a grip on it!

  • ExtremeGamer

    I paid for the present prop for my avatar and now it’s free just one day later, will I get my points back?

  • Boe2

    Mushihimesama Futari is the full game after all? I thought it was just a ridiculously expensive expansion for a JP retailgame.

    Let’s see if it’s still on there then. I love bullethell shooters and Excelica Triggerheart is getting really old.

    And obligatory:

    I want MY Serious Sam in HD!

  • Boe2

    that, and still hoping for an announcement of Radiant Silvergun HD.
    .
    .
    .
    a man can dream, no? :)

  • Boe2

    ….or not. I paid 1200 points for Mushihimesama Futari on the EU marketplace and now I get the message that I can’t play it because of certain restrictions. I immediatly called the support desk and they said they can’t do anything about it, can’t even give me a refund. What…the…hell. So, there is a new item on the EU marketplace, waiting for fans of the original game to pay for it, but there is no way to play it in Europe :?.
    The helpdesk told me to write a letter (yes, classic snail mail) to the US division of Microsoft (and I live in Belgium) in order to TRY to get anything done about it.
    Man, I feel ripped off :|

  • Boe2

    ….or not. I paid 1200 points for Mushihimesama Futari on the EU marketplace and now I get the message that I can’t play it because of certain restrictions. I immediatly called the support desk and they said they can’t do anything about it, can’t even give me a refund. What…the…hell. So, there is a new item on the EU marketplace, waiting for fans of the original game to pay for it, but there is no way to play it in Europe :?.
    The helpdesk told me to write a letter (yes, classic snail mail) to the US division of Microsoft (and I live in Belgium) in order to TRY to get anything done about it.
    Man, I feel ripped off :|

  • H2O Neon

    WOW GEARS OF WAR!! Too bad i already have it and have basically got the easy achievements on Viva Pinata

  • Lucky 13 X

    So for those that may have missed it, there is a free Holiday item on the Marketplace. Get the present prop for your avatar complete with good and no so good gifts included in the box!

    Link: http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-US/avatar/offers/011f0001-0000-4000-8000-000058580828/

    Regarding the Mushihimesama Futari add-on. I saw it myself last night and considered buying it but was concerned it was an error, and was a Japanese region only game that may require a NTSC-J console as it had all that text in Japanese and was not an Xbox Indie game. That’s a bit suspect if you ask me.

    Link from marketplace at the time of this posting: http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-US/games/offers/0ccf0002-0000-4000-8000-0000435a07d7

    Also, I did notice that the present prop was available for 240 MS Points and also considered buying it, but I bought other holiday items instead.

    If you bought either item, I would keep working with Xbox Support if you have an issue. It’s likely your best recourse.

  • Boe2

    Well, it was an awesome game on the ps2, so I was quite enthousiastic about buying it. Not the smartest thing to, expensive mistake :/. Xbox support tells me clearly they can’t do anything about bought content or refunds. I do believe there IS a “no refund” policy, but downright unusable content on the marketplace is a special case I’d guess :)

    Ah well, I should stop dragging out my problem here :(

  • Sonic Alpha

    I’ll definitely be picking up Shadow Complex :)

  • stststststq

    Lucky 13 X – Mushihimesama Futari (on disc) is region free, which makes a change for Japanese releases. There’s a big thread about it on NeoGAF where people from the US and UK say that they’ve downloaded the Black Label DLC and it works OK. I’ve not tried it myself and I’m not sure why Boe2 is having problems, but if the DLC was available in his region but can’t be played in his region, then MS should refund his points.

  • Baroni

    Major, it seems that the price of the game Alien Breed is wrong on Xbox.com. You said it would cost 800 MSP but on xbox.com says 1.200 MSP.What is the correct? It’s too expensive for 1.200.

  • Lucky 13 X

    Thanks for the clarification stststststq, I was not aware. Woah, that’s a lot of “st”s.

    @ Baroni, I commented about the concern in the Games for Windows – Games on Demand launch blog post, but you can either wait to see if it is clarified later today, or you can go ahead and buy the game if it is worth it to you at that price point after playing the demo. It seems that it isn’t to you at the moment, but either way it’s your choice.

    Happy gaming!

  • stststststq

    Baroni – That price is a mistake. From AceyBongo’s Twitter page: -

    “To clarify – Alien Breed Evolution should be 800 MS Points, not 1200 MS Points. It’s being fixed as we speak, apologies for the hassle”

  • Baroni

    @ Lucky 13 X: I understood, but the page itself is set to 800 MSP. I believe it is an error in the value of the marketplace. But I’m going to buy anyway, rs.

    Check this: http://www.xbox.com/en-US/games/a/alienbreedevoxbla/

    @ stststststq: That’s what I thought, now I’ll wait for the right price, rs.

    Thanks.

  • Z4M0

    First of all, thanks for posting the bazar schelude… when I saw it I automatically recalled El Cid’s post concerning that matter so the fact you shared it with the users means that actually someone cares about what we thind.

    Now the alien breed part. You said 800 microsoft points… well, its out now for 1200 !! and it’s supposed to be a 3 episode part game wich is crazy !! (1200 x 3 = 3600 for an arcade game)

    Seriously, I have 900 points and was going to buy this and then get more points for shadow complex’s DOTW but no I know I’ll skip this and save my 900 for shadow complex. Needless to say I won’t buy more microsoft poins any sooner.

    Cheers

  • stststststq

    Alien Breed Evolution is only 800 MS Points, not 1200. The original pricing was a mistake. It’s been corrected already (at least here in the UK).

 

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