July 12th 2012 1:06 pm PT

Summer just got hotter. Get exclusive Summer of Arcade content for Minecraft: Xbox 360 & Trials Evolution

In celebrating five years of Summer of Arcade, Xbox LIVE fans will get exclusive content for Minecraft: Xbox 360 and Trials Evolution.  On July 18 when the campaign kicks off, you can get a special, customized Summer of Arcade skin pack for Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition exclusively by visiting the Summer of Arcade experience on the Xbox LIVE dashboard.  And, each week during the campaign you can download a free track for Trials Evolution, inspired by each new Summer of Arcade game release.  Even better?  It’s all free for all Xbox LIVE members.

Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition

  • WHAT:  Get an exclusive free customized Summer of Arcade Skin Pack exclusively by visiting the Xbox LIVE experience on your Xbox 360 during the promotion.  The pack will contain skins for all five Summer of Arcade games.


  • WHAT:  Each week during the Summer of Arcade, you can download a free track for Trials Evolution, inspired by each new Summer of Arcade game release.

Summer of Arcade kicks off next week with Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD


Arcade By Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson

  • http://twitter.com/Alkalyde Austin Bean

    Awesome to see the Minecraft Skin Pack is FREE! Sadly… I’m a little upset that you are charging for character skins in the first place later…

    • http://www.facebook.com/beebob.bluboy Beebob Bluboy

      Why? At least they aren’t charging for game updates so we get that one. I
      know on the PC you can create your own skins but I’m sure the would
      require too much work for the console. And they clearly said that this
      isn’t a port of the PC version but it’s own game hence the Minecraft:
      Xbox Edition.

  • http://twitter.com/korahn Eric Starr

    So we get to play Minecraft as Tony Hawk? lol.

  • http://twitter.com/mando6599 mando6599

    This is AWESOME!!!!!!! I love me some MC 360! Thank you Microsoft and Summer of Arcade!

  • Lee Rayson

    Sounds awesome

    • http://twitter.com/GreenMistt Miller

      Not sure if brown nose, or actually thinks free skin packs are ‘awesome’.

      • Lee Rayson

        No i do think it awesome, creative thinking has went into them, i wish more games would take advantage like this. Pinball FX does it they make themed tables on other games.

        An it not just free skin packs it the tracks too that i think awesome

  • Hugoku

    Not so big on the skins thing, but love the Trials idea of themed tracks.

  • mcmax3000

    “exclusively by visiting the Summer of Arcade experience on the Xbox LIVE dashboard”

    Is this going to be like all of the other recent Dashboard sections (that Kinect central thing, the Sales & Specials app, etc) that are US Only?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Avi-Patel/100002076529431 Avi Patel

    I do like free stuff. Thanks, major!

  • http://twitter.com/lochdoun Bry

    [awkward silence] uhh…
    Trials EVO tracks are already free; any time, any day.
    You’re not getting anything special here.
    Typical Microsoft PR bull!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steve-Melton/574790934 Steve Melton

      Yeah, they’re really working us over here *sarcasm*

    • Lee Rayson

      Difference is these tracks have been made by the Devs of the game and not just anybody

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

        Well in fact RedLynx tracks are also free, but that isn’t to say they always will be. They’d be crazy not to do DLC expansions.

      • http://twitter.com/DBB_Kliko DBB Klikopedia

        And in the theme of the game that came out. I’m very interested in the Tony Hawk track

  • http://twitter.com/ledouxrt Ryan

    FINALLY! Something free.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002051391236 John Son

    I’m sorry but this is just pitiful; Steam has a sale going on now discounting top names games and lesser known titles from 50 – 75 percent off. Portal 2 for $4.99, COD MW3 for $29,99, Deus Ex Human Revolution and Mafia 2 for $7.49 just to name a few.

    • Lee Rayson

      Well this aint Steam…… i dont see why people compare xbox to steam, PC games are a lot cheaper than console games in the first place.

    • http://twitter.com/Joe_Adanac Joe

      To be fair, Xbox Live had MW3 for $40 a couple months back, and you can use that download on two Xboxes for system link play etc. You’d need to purchase two separate Steam copies to do that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tahmere.biscutt Tahmere U Kno Biscutt

    please give me somthing on xbox360 my gamerteg is sahpec34 i love xbox

    • http://www.thetjhzone.blogspot.com/ Tylerh1701

      Maybe someone will give you virtual gonorrhea

  • medveten

    Meanwhile over at Steam… server crash due to too many good deals.
    Meanwhile over at Sony/PSN+… people get even more games and stuff for their sub-money.

    Over at xbox? Well, you get a free skin pack and a free map for a game with map editor and tons of free maps. MS, you’ve done it again, soon you’ll start selling air too? :P
    Well I guess you shouldn’t complain, beggars can’t be choosers and given how “generous” (sarcasm) MS is, this “offer” is really mind blowing. Then again, MS knows that dated consoles and great steam sales makes gamers migrate to PC, leaving xbox for the casual Kinect fans, that won’t buy the 720.

    • http://www.facebook.com/chris.grub.5 Chris Grub

      All I know is that when it comes time to choose the next console – I’m going to remember the past three years of:

      -Trying to remove credit card information.
      -US/CAD being on par but points not being.
      -All the ‘sales’, including the 2011 Christmas discount campaign which made me cringe.
      -The horrible customer relations.
      -Trying to be charged $8.99 for cable channels I already own.
      -All the games on demand digital downloads that cost more than retail brand new. I thought digital distribution eases cost because no employees, rent, transport, packaging, etc?

      I’ve never been so alienated with a company ever. I like my Canadian cell phone company better than Microsoft.

      • http://twitter.com/DBB_Kliko DBB Klikopedia

        Man don’t complain and just buy a PS3 then. Cause all know: Barking dogs don’t bite.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jan-Vaclavik/100000506187042 Jan Václavík

      I dont play much on PC these days, but after reading your post, I looked at those Steam deals and – other than the Portal 2 deal – I was unimpressed. Offering digital versions (of for the most part old or mediocre games) only slightly cheaper than boxed version in local store is rather underwhelming in my book. I dont really understand why would anyone buy any of those games from Steam outside those deals, if at all.
      That said, the Summer of Arcade is not about cheap games, its about new quality games. You should save this rant for some Deal of the Week announcement, because complaining about free promo stuff is not exactly nice.

  • http://twitter.com/jjMustang Jerad

    So this starts July 18th. Which means that to use the Minecraft Skins, we have to have the 1.7.3 update, which isn’t out yet and which has not had a date announced other than July. So can we expect the update next week? Or will it come on the 18th?

    • Xhawk27

      Minecraft patch 1.7.3 is rolling out tonight.

  • Frank Costanza’s lawyer

    Oh my god Oh my god!! A free skin pack!!!! I shall alert the press!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/steveforbesjon Steve Jones

    Kinect central comin here soon I think

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Junior-Jimenez/744909576 Junior Jimenez

    That is very cool

  • Xhawk27

    It’s free and yet you people still complain? lol

  • http://twitter.com/DoctorRiviera Dr. Nick Riviera

    Nice, but I would like some more achievements for Trials Evolution.

  • fsdfg dsfds

    Pretty lame… i’ll be looking forward to deadlight trials track tho (if they even do one)

  • fsdfg dsfds

    Kinect PlayFit launches today COMMENTS DISABLED LMAO how about instead of this BS you fix all the games that are FULL OF MODDERS like CoD WaW/ CoD 4/ MW2/ GTA IV and the list keeps going

    I cant belive how many modders there are on a PAID SERVICE ITS COMPLETE BS

    • aStrangeDisease

      Game maintenance is up to the developer, not Microsoft. Play better games (ie, not CoD) if you want a better online experience. Halo is an example of a multiplayer game that is constantly updated.

      • fsdfg dsfds

        I know Halo is great (well 3 is) I only play CoD WaW , not a CoD fan other wise, but it should be there responsibility if they continue to sell broken online games on GoD and its DLC , People are getting Deranked and cant even play online! its a joke

        They Should be able to detect modders and ban them… thats what they should be working on not some lame Rare rejects Kinect BS

      • http://twitter.com/DBB_Kliko DBB Klikopedia

        Gaylo? Hell no, the only thing I remember of that game are the screaming childern over my headset. Then for always and ever is Battlefield a better game then CoD/Gaylo.

    • http://www.facebook.com/mark.ellinger Mark Ellinger

      Play a COD Game thats les than 5 years old then lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Alice-Lockhart/100000438939703 Alice Lockhart

    The update (for Minecraft) is outdated -.-.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Randy-Ramsgate/1826021235 Randy Ramsgate


  • http://twitter.com/GreenMistt Miller

    Hold the presses, we have some free skin packs.
    Hmm, I have a feeling these are exclusively exclusive to the summer arcade, which is exclusive to XBLA.

  • back_up

    go and watch steam deals
    now that’s the hotter

    • Lee Rayson

      Go look at the sun its even hotter than steam

  • Matt S

    Sadly MS must not read big forums like Gamefaqs or they would see even hardcore Xbox fanboys are saying they most likely will have nothing to do with the next gen Xbox because they are so disgusted with MS at this point.

    When I first said this years ago people said I was whining and MS wasn’t that bad. Gee guess I was right! I told people then you let MS rip you off and step on you, then its what they will keep doing. I told you so. >.<

    Lastly MS has made billions if not trillions since the computer came out. And yet people say "They n33ds 2 make th3 morz moneyz!!!". Really??? They have so much money they could buy a few countries at this point. And yet they can't even give us reasonable deals or GOOD free content like every one else is doing.

    MS is just as greedy as EA. So when these companies end up losing money then having to fire thousands of people they will have no one to blame but themselves! Money/greed is the root of all evil. Since they feel no real sympathy for us, the people that pay them, I feel no sympathy when I hear these companies have issues. I don't believe in karma really but MS will get back eventually what they gave out.

    • http://www.facebook.com/mark.ellinger Mark Ellinger

      Really getting sick of you fckng crybabies. Newsflash, Microsoft is a business!!! Businesses make money thats their purpose. Do you get anything free at McDonalds??? Wal-Mart??? Gamestop??? Didnt think so. U Madd Bro? Stop Crying. If you hate microsoft so much break your xbox and get a PS3 so you can get your credit card information stolen and then have something real to cry about.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Randy-Ramsgate/1826021235 Randy Ramsgate

    WOW a free track for trials evo. well done microsoft….credit where credits due i guess. ill just stick that free track with my other 300!

  • Russell Gorall

    The Trials tracks sound an awful lot like user created content. Achievements? Same thing with Minecraft.

    Nice, but not the sort of free content you brag about.

  • Jason King

    Is this going to be yet another of those US only things?
    I have to ask because MS seems to not recognise the existence of other regions in this blog, even though it goes out worldwide, being on the internet and all…

  • http://twitter.com/DBB_Kliko DBB Klikopedia

    Larry!! I did’t saw any on the Dashboard, can you please veryfy, if it is still coming or just US Only like someone thinks?

  • http://twitter.com/fcviotto Fernando Coli Viotto

    Just dropping by to say “Steam got me US $ 70,00 so far and still still there are 5 days to get to the end of their summer promotion days”. So far my interest in all MS Summer Sale deals = ZERO.

    Congratulations to everyone faking listen to this community. You’re all doing an excellent job!