August 23rd 2011 9:00 am PT

Coming soon to the Xbox LIVE Marketplace

Here is a look at some of the upcoming content scheduled for the Xbox LIVE Marketplace.*

See blog post I’ll make for many of these for pricing and/or regional availability and follow me on Twitter for updates.

Xbox LIVE Arcade  Release Date Price Microsoft Points
Hole in The Wall 24-Aug 800
Street Fighter III 3rd Strike 24-Aug 1200
Crazy Machines Elements 24-Aug 800
Mortal Kombat Arcade Collection 31-Aug 800
The Baconing  31-Aug 1200
Ugly Americans: Apocalypsegeddon 31-Aug 800
     
Game Add-ons Release Date Price Microsoft Points
Call of Duty: Black Ops Rezurrection 23-Aug 1200
Dragon Age II Item Pack 2 23-Aug 400
     
Sales  & Specials Discount Date Price
Activision Publisher Game Content Sale– Games on demand, Add-ons, and more from the “Call of Duty” franchise August 30 – Sept 5 Up to 50% off
     
Deal of the Week Discount Dates Price Microsoft Points
If You Missed It…    
Bulletstorm Gun Sonata DLC Pack  August 23 – August 29 400 (50% off)
Bulletstorm Blood Symphony DLC Pack August 23 – August 29 400 (50% off)
Red Faction:  Battlegrounds August 23 – August 29 400 (50% off)
Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Conviction:  Deniable Ops Insurgency Pack August 23 – August 29 400 (50% off)
Hydrophobia August 23 – August 29 400 (50% off)
     
Manic Machines    
Gatling Gears  August 30 – Sept 5 400 (50% off)
Metal Arms:  Glitch In The System August 30 – Sept 5 800 (33% off)
BioShock 2:  Minerva’s Den August 30 – Sept 5 400 (50% off)
Borderlands Claptrap New Revolutions August 30 – Sept 5 400 (50% off)
     
Games on Demand Release Date
WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2011 23-Aug
MySims SkyHeroes  23-Aug
Dynasty Warriors 5: Empires 23-Aug
de Blob 2  23-Aug
Wheelman 30-Aug
Sniper: Ghost Warrior 30-Aug
   
Games on Demand  Price Reduction Date
Gears of War August 23 – August 30 
Gears of War 2 August 23 – August 30 
   
Avatar Marketplace  Release Date
Deus Ex: Human Revolution 23-Aug
Dead Island 25-Aug
Robo Cop  25-Aug
Ugly Americans 25-Aug
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3  2-Sep

Arcade, Avatar Marketplace, Deal, Game Add-on, Marketplace By Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson

  • http://twitter.com/mcmax3000 David

    I understand why Games on Demand prices are why they are but I can’t see anyone paying the full $60 (at least that’s what it’s priced here in Canada) for WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2011 when the sequel is only a couple months away.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Greigyboii Greig Hamilton

    What will the price drop on Gears of War (GoD) be?

    • http://twitter.com/mcmax3000 David

      They’re down to $15 each here in Canada.

  • Luke Greene

    the GOD games are such a rip off for priviledge of not getting off your ass to load a game.

    Now Major, were are the WP7 Lists?!

  • AmpliHelix

    Any chance of a mobile-friendly version of your blog, Major? Pretty please? :)

  • Anonymous

    games on demand prices are ridiculous to say the least.most of the games on demand games can be found for a fraction of the cost somewhere else.even 15 dollers is to high for gears considering i can go to my local game store and pick it up for 7.99 to 9.99 at the most to hell with xbla and there games on demand.i have to really be impressed to buy even a arcade tittle.and its sad because at the end of the day microsoft is the one loosing money because nobody buys that stuff.

    • http://www.justechn.com Ryan McLaughlin

      Get used to it, they are trying to kill of disks so they can kill off the selling of used games. After they do that they keep the prices high just because there will be no other way to get the games. I wouldn’t be surprised if the next xbox (or the one after that) does not include a DVD drive at all. Then the only way to get games it full price downloads.

      • http://twitter.com/mcmax3000 David

        Not a chance. It will be a number of years before discs are killed off completely on consoles for a couple of reasons:

        1) There are still a large percentage of console gamers that don’t have their consoles connected to the internet. Until that reaches probably close to 95%, they’re not going to abandon disc sales because they’ll be leaving a huge chunk of revenue on the table.

        And most importantly,

        2) The console makers can’t afford to anger the retailers which they’ll do if Microsoft starts undercutting retailers by offering Games on Demand dirt cheap.

        Doing this will cost them valuable marketing from retailers (flyers, in store kiosks/displays etc) and could lead to the retailers cutting back orders on hardware, which Microsoft needs the retailers to sell so that gamers have the necessary hardware to be able to spend money on Xbox Live Marketplace.

        I guarantee that if it weren’t for having to please the retailers, Games on Demand prices would be cheaper because I can’t imagine that they’re selling a ton at the current pricing, especially on older games that are still full price (see the example I mentioned above).

        • http://www.justechn.com Ryan McLaughlin

          Your points make sense, but Steam is already paving the way for 100% download content. The publishers are also really harping on used game sales. I think they will start pushing Microsoft hard to do download only content. Microsoft may have all the retailers in the world, but without publishers and developers it won’t work very well.

          Download games mean more money for the developers and publishers, so they may do an end run around Microsoft and just stop distributing games via disk. In the end it is up to them, and not Microsoft, how the game is delivered.

          Also Microsoft has already built in WiFi into the new Xbox, so getting online is trivial, all the user needs is a $30 router. Right now their just isn’t a complelling reason to connect online unless you play multiplayer games (which I don’t). However, if that is the only way to get games I guarantee more will connect online.

          This also has the benefit of increasing the number of Xbox Live users and Subscribers which means more money for Microsoft, so it is a win, win for Microsoft and Publishers

          • http://twitter.com/mcmax3000 David

            “Your points make sense, but Steam is already paving the way for 100% download content.”

            The biggest differences are that a) Almost everyone who has a PC has it connected to the internet so by going nearly 100% digital on PC isn’t going to cost the publishers/developers much, if anything, in the way of sales and most importantly b) Valve doesn’t have to rely on retailers to sell their hardware, Microsoft does. That’s why Valve can cut prices to next to nothing because they don’t care if they piss off the retailers.

            As for getting more people connected, you have to factor in that wireless networking might be easy for you, me & everyone else that reads Major’s blog but setting it up is a foreign concept to a lot of people. Also, there are still a decent number of people that don’t have broadband, either because they don’t feel it’s necessary, don’t want to pay the cost or can’t get it in their home.

            Games going exclusively digital on consoles is going to happen, I have no doubts about that but it’s still a long way off. That said, I do see day & date releases on XBLM (and PSN on that side of things where it’s already started with a couple of games) being more common very soon, possibly long before new consoles.

            Me personally? I’ll stick to discs whenever possible for as long as it takes me less time to drive to the store than it does to download a game.

  • Anonymous

    games on demand prices are ridiculous to say the least.most of the games on demand games can be found for a fraction of the cost somewhere else.even 15 dollers is to high for gears considering i can go to my local game store and pick it up for 7.99 to 9.99 at the most to hell with xbla and there games on demand.i have to really be impressed to buy even a arcade tittle.and its sad because at the end of the day microsoft is the one loosing money because nobody buys that stuff.

  • http://twitter.com/NathanielFrost1 Nathaniel Frost

    Excited to see the Mortal Kombat Arcade Collection coming out, Checked out the Gears of War prices, not bad, got them already, but good prices if you got MS points. FYI, Gatling Gears  is already listing as 400 MS points, just got it today.

  • http://twitter.com/NathanielFrost1 Nathaniel Frost

    Excited to see the Mortal Kombat Arcade Collection coming out, Checked out the Gears of War prices, not bad, got them already, but good prices if you got MS points. FYI, Gatling Gears  is already listing as 400 MS points, just got it today.

  • http://twitter.com/Navarin Bennijin Turbo

    You’d need to pay me to play Battlegrounds.

    • http://twitter.com/seekul Luke Es | sE ekuL

      I bet the QA team on RF:Battlegrounds would say there’s not enough money to get those months back…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_V54RJEWIQ2ADTF3SHHYKF5DDIQ Shaggy

    I also just picked up Gatling gears for 400 points.

  • http://twitter.com/Kyle_James1229 Kyle James

    its probably gonna end up being this new cloud (stream) where u buy the game but u dont actually own the copy its kept on there server :S

  • http://twitter.com/RalphNyk Rafael

    Add Mass Effect 2,Final Fantasy 13 for Games on Demand. Ninja Gaiden 2 as well.

    • http://twitter.com/birdbottles SECRETARY OF SECRECY

      Games on Demand can’t do multi-disc games. Also, they never include online passes so with Mass Effect 2 you’d miss out on all the free dlc that new copies of the game are advertised as coming with. Just buy the games on disc.

  • http://twitter.com/seekul Luke Es

    A good look ahead! It has surely been a summer of playing digital releases, which I’m fine with if the industry’s fine with.

  • http://www.facebook.com/garyharwell Gary Harwell

    Gatling Gears is already 400 MSP, Major.

    • http://twitter.com/Navarin Bennijin Turbo

      Not anymore, someone jumped the gun on it and Minerva’s Den a little early.

  • http://twitter.com/RalphNyk Rafael

    How do you know it can’t do multi-disc games?

  • http://www.facebook.com/pimmeln Herum Pimmeln

    how bout a torchlight discount as long as not the big fall games hit…?

    • http://twitter.com/mcmax3000 David

      I could be wrong but wasn’t Torchlight just discounted not that long ago?

      • http://thetjhzone.blogspot.com Tylerh1701

        Yes it was.  Only $5 off, but that was enough for me to pick it up.

  • Anonymous

    Gears of war 1 and 2 is tge sane price as buyingi on the disc in the store if you picking up the package without the maps, It’s almost possible the next xbox 360 won’t allow us to play xbox 360 disc on it, will allow us to play digital xbox 360 games and xbla games connected to your gamer tag if xbox wants to keep the whole you get your games forever till your dead plan and your gamertag for every
    xbox you have in your life. This would make alot of sence like the gamerscore you get now is the rank you get in your next xbox if you have a million by the time time you get your next xbox your a elit with disconnects on games and dlc on the next system plus a new crystal and glowing gamertag unlike everyone. Depending on your rank you hade in your past xbox 360..

  • Casey Andrews

    What about the next dashboard update with YouTube, Skype, and Bing ???

    • http://twitter.com/mcmax3000 David

      What about it? The end of year dashboard updates are generally released in November. It’s only August.

      • http://www.fliknotes.com Adam

        Do we know for surethat the new dashboard will be in November?

  • http://twitter.com/RK1R33D RK1 R33D

    Seems like the only thing that stands out to me is Hydrophobia on the DOTW section.

    • Anonymous

      It’s a fun game, although it ends abruptly and has some framerate issues.  It has some good climbing, shooting and water effects.  I’m still miffed that it got even more gameplay upgrades as the PC release “Hydrophobia Prophecy,” which the 360 “Pure” version didn’t get.  Prophecy was supposed to come out on PSN, but that fizzled out apparently.

      • http://www.toothball.co.uk Toothball

        Apparently they recast Scoot too, which is good because the guy they had before put on one of the worst Scottish accents I’ve encountered.

    • http://thetjhzone.blogspot.com Tylerh1701

      The new “Pure” version is definitely worth $5.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=10505703 Frank Leone

    Will both the 360 and PC versions of Minerva’s Den be on sale?

  • http://twitter.com/Tallkido Patryk Walczewicz

    what about espn 2.0 coming out this month ? ?

  • http://www.facebook.com/jonhartman84 Jonathan Hartman

    Update for Kinect fun labs, so it doesn’t lock up when you start it up?

  • http://twitter.com/RedRooster29 Charlie Crawford

    Is Hydrophobia worth getting at 400 points?

    • http://thetjhzone.blogspot.com Tylerh1701

      Yes.

    • http://www.toothball.co.uk Toothball

      I found it as enjoyable as watching a B movie. Not very good, but strangely compelling. For 400 points you probably won’t feel short changed.

    • http://twitter.com/RedRooster29 Charlie Crawford

      cool, thanks! I’ll go ahead and give it a try.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ray.whitney Ray Whitney

    I thought there was some Worms 2 DLC coming out?

    • http://www.facebook.com/ray.whitney Ray Whitney

      Oh, turns out it came out today. Thanks for the heads up.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Spyros-Klaou/1452701648 Spyros Klaou

    Hey Major, will there be any Battlefield 3 stuff for Avatars? I am a frequent buyer of Avatar items and as a Battlefield fan I am very interested. Please respond :)

    • Anonymous

      Don’t quote me on this but im sure Dice did say you be able to dress your avatar up in bf 3 stuff

      i think something also comes witht he limited edition for your avatar

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Spyros-Klaou/1452701648 Spyros Klaou

        Thanks

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Spyros-Klaou/1452701648 Spyros Klaou

    Hey Major, will there be any Battlefield 3 stuff for Avatars? I am a frequent buyer of Avatar items and as a Battlefield fan I am very interested. Please respond :)

  • Anonymous

    This means Kinect Fun Labs was fixed and working?

  • Anonymous

    @Major – have MS canned Avatar fire pro wrestling? i aint heard of anything about it since march

    • http://twitter.com/mcmax3000 David

      Hopefully it’s getting a significant overhaul because as much as I love wrestling games, what I played at PAX East in March was not good… Like at all.

  • http://thetjhzone.blogspot.com Tylerh1701

    Except Gatling Gears, more crummy DOTW.  But I guess 1 good deal is better than what we’ve had the last 4 weeks.  (Hydrophobia is good, but has been 400 before)

  • http://www.facebook.com/mathiaskaizer Mathias Bjørnskov

    Rock of Ages isn´t comming august 31?!

  • Anonymous

    But if shopping! I recommend here! This is perfect!   http://x.vu/98487

  • http://www.facebook.com/paul.ve.es Paul Vera Espinoza

    theres a way that i can buy doom 1 on xbla? is delisted , please

    • http://twitter.com/The_Dukenator Mark

      Its due to the license expiring.  No idea when it’ll be back up.
      If you want it that bad, go find Doc Brown and use his time machine.

      Wait. Where you the one who messaged me on Live asking for Doom 1?

      • http://www.facebook.com/paul.ve.es Paul Vera Espinoza

        no dude , anyway i leave my gamertag : add me or send me a message if you know something, thanks!

        • http://www.facebook.com/paul.ve.es Paul Vera Espinoza

          GT: yitanx3

          • http://twitter.com/The_Dukenator Mark

            I don’t know jack shit, but I’ll add you for the hell of it.

  • http://www.appreport.net Tobias

    Hm, no price reduction for Gears of War in Euro :-(

  • http://www.appreport.net Tobias

    Hm, no price reduction for Gears of War in Euro :-(

  • http://twitter.com/DrGreenThumb_NZ Oliver Doel

    MK COLLECTION AND SFIII AWESOME!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/xXGereKXx Allen DeForest

    I cant wait to see what the ugly americans game is like lol

  • http://twitter.com/JohnStratt82 John Stratt

    Only 5$ off GOW1&2

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=621320429 Jason Atwell

    YAY ROBOCOP!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/lucas.mcelroy Lúcás Mc Elroy

    Im sorry wasnt there MEANT to be a Borderlands DLC 50% off reduction ?

  • smartshopgames

     As a dedicated Xbox 360 owner I have to side with Lewis, cept maybe not with how he worded some of it into detail. This means less exclusive or early content deals for Sony, which is good as we 360 users will almost always have the same content at the same time or before ps3 does. Publishers are out to make money too, and if they cant release their title on the console that outsells sony’s units in games, then they just lost a lot of money.its good business strategy.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PGXCAL5WSD62RGZVD3IOACKSZY mikey

    400cr for full costume avatar is pretty steep, when you can get a full acarde game at 400cr….

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PGXCAL5WSD62RGZVD3IOACKSZY mikey

    400cr for full costume avatar is pretty steep, when you can get a full acarde game at 400cr….

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1404764655 Kelly Findlay

    what games are included in the call of duty sale and is it available in the UK?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nathan-Smith/100000370867667 Nathan Smith

    Ok Gatling Gears which according to the chart is supposed to be 400msp is still 800msp… how is that a deal of the week?

    • Anonymous

      Ya what a rip…

    • Anonymous

      Ya what a rip…

    • Anonymous

      Ya what a rip…

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_P6ALTUJ7KUEGF4DZF6YP2L2SNI DaleG

      Gatling Gears is priced 400 now,enjoy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nathan-Smith/100000370867667 Nathan Smith

    Ok Gatling Gears which according to the chart is supposed to be 400msp is still 800msp… how is that a deal of the week?

 

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