October 16th 2012 6:00 am PT

Content coming soon to the Xbox LIVE Marketplace

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

See the 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 MS Points
Serious Sam 3 BFE  17-Oct 1200
Zombie Driver  17-Oct 800
Add-ons Release Date MS Points
Borderlands 2: Captain Scarlett & Her Pirate’s Booty  16-Oct 800
A World of Keflings: The Curse of the Zombiesaurus  17-Oct 320
Forza Horizon: Season Pass  23-Oct 4000
Forza Horizon: Launch Day Car Pack  23-Oct 400
Deal of the Week Discount Dates Price
Batman  16-Oct to 22-Oct  
Batman Arkham City    Varies by Region
Catwoman Bundle Pack   400 (50% off)
Arkham Bundle   600 (50% off)
Arkham City Skins Pack   200 (50% off)
Challenge Map Pack   120 (50% off)
Nightwing Bundle Pack   280 (50% off)
Robin Bundle Pack   280 (50% off)
Bioshock  23-Oct to 31-Oct  
Bioshock 1   Varies by Region
Bioshock 2   Varies by Region
Minerva’s Den   400 (50% off)
The Protector Trials   200 (50% off)
Rapture Metro   400 (50% off)
Sinclair Solutions Tester Pack   200 (50% off)
Special Sales Discount Dates Price
THQ Publisher Sale 16-Oct to 22-Oct Up to 75% off
Kinect Central: Wreckateer  16-Oct to 22-Oct 400 (50% off)
Kinect Central: Leedmees  23-Oct to 29-Oct 400 (50% off)
Shocktober Discounts  23-Oct to 31-Oct 50% off
Games on Demand Release Date  
Men in Black: Alien Crisis  16-Oct  
Sonic Generations  16-Oct  
Lord of the Rings: War in the North  16-Oct  
Bakugan Battle Brawlers 2: Defenders of the Core  23-Oct  
Ben 10 Ultimate Alien: Cosmic Destruction  23-Oct  
Avatar  Release Date  
Dark Creatures Update  23-Oct  
WWE13 Update  23-Oct  

*As with all game related releases, dates, prices and availability are subject to change and vary by region

Arcade, Deal, Game Add-on, Marketplace, Xbox 360 Games On Demand By Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson

  • http://www.facebook.com/martin.r.lee.9 Martin Rock Lee

    I own everything Batman and Bioshock related but good deals if you havent picked them up already Great games and great DLC

    • BlinkFandango

      How could anyone NOT have the Bioshock deals yet? This is seriously like the 10th time they’ve gone on sale.

  • Sam Elfström

    Pretty nice deals, looking forward to playing some Batman!

    • http://twitter.com/paulopinheiro__ Paulo Pinheiro

      I was waiting for Harley Quinn’s Revenge. But this one is not listed. Bite me Microsoft…

  • chris

    wwe 13 update?
    is the game out already?

    • http://twitter.com/lightsup55 Timothy Leucht

      WWE 13 avatar items update. Just avatar shirts, props, or whatever avatar related gear are doing. Same with Dark Creatures.

      • chris

        ok then, thanks

  • K4rn4ge

    What about Alien Spidy and Intel Discovered that are supposed to be releasing on Friday? Are they still coming out then or did they get delayed or something?

  • rhooper

    So, only half of Forza Horizon is being sold? The rest is DLC?

    • zoompooky

      That’s why I didn’t buy it – their DLC plan is pretty horrible… and season pass holders got screwed in Forza 4 when T10 decided the Porsche add-on wasn’t included.

    • ElektroDragon

      These season passes are going to kill the industry.

    • Russell Gorall

      At least they are telling you in advance that buying the game is just a foot in the door for all the content they have done, same thing with Borderlands 2. Unless you enjoy throwing money at corporations instead of buying games they are telling you in advace to wait a year for the edition with DLC.

      • mcmax3000

        Or, you could, as I plan on doing, buy Forza: Horizon, and just not buy any of the DLC…

        You’d be surprised how easy that is.

        • Russell Gorall

          Or, you could… state your own opinion on The Internet. As I just did, and you just did.

          Weird, huh?

    • fsdfg dsfds

      its bs alright, and no wet weather piffffff F4 was just F3 and the DLC and then you had to buy F4 DLC to get NEW cars

      Its a joke, Gt5 is way better and you dont have to pay crappy live for adverts

  • http://profiles.google.com/dfpg86 Décio Gonçalves

    So… Batman Arkham City deals and no Harley Quinn’s Revenge… And Bioshock deals, again…

    And please, PLEASE, at least tell us what are the content on Special deals, like the THQ or Shocktober (bioSHOCK?), ffs, xbldb does a job way better than this…

    • scooterbaga

      Had now idea about xbldb… That’s awesome.

  • http://www.facebook.com/neolego Chris White

    Does anyone know where we can get a list of the “THQ Publisher Sale” or the “Shocktober Discount” from next week?

    • TheRequiem95

      The THQ sale is on the dashboard, and it includes Stacking, Voltron, Apples to Apples, Costume Quest and Warhammer. It also has DLC for Red Faction, Homefront, Space Marine, Saints Row 2, and You Don’t Know Jack. There’s also some Voltron and Kung Fu Panda themed avatar stuff.

      • Z4M0

        thanks, beta dashboard users can’t see sales n stuff… hope that’ll be fixed.

  • http://twitter.com/Nefty900 Neftali Rodriguez

    gotta see whats on the thq sale.

  • scooterbaga

    Is there a good way to look up all the deals from a publisher? I’ve just been using searching out other sites that list them…

  • Jose Manuel Sanchez

    Wai…what?? A season pass (forza h.) 4000 ms points??!?!?!?! Are you kiddin’ me?? OUCH!!

    • Hugoku

      It includes six car packs that will be released gradually, and an actual expansion to the game. Not sure how practical is to bundle all that up in 4K pass though. I guess time will tell if this succeeds.

      • Jose Manuel Sanchez

        Just to say,
        but for me is too much 4000 ms points for something “extra”…

        I really miss the old days where that “evil” DLC marketing strategy to
        get more money for something that in the past was some sort like in-game reward
        for playing a looooong time, beating a hard difficult, explore more, etc.. Expanding
        the game’s circle of life = this is
        translated like more word-of-mouth communication, more sales = more money.

        • BostonSup

          It 100% isn’t extra, it is the other part of the game. DLC was a decent idea (game sells well, add a few levels for $5 more, which was created after the game was completed and on the market)… but then publishers, console manufacturers and developers saw the dollar signs.

          Now DLC is either on disc, announced before the game is even released, ect.. There isn’t many games that you can buy whole anymore for $60, now one game costs $60 down and you layaway the rest for the final price of roughly $110.

          • Hugoku

            Not saying you are wrong, and neither that you are right but… can you define what a “whole” game is?

          • BostonSup

            It is pretty subjective term, I know.

            I will go at it in this angle. A game being developed at the same time as the DLC is being develop seems like they should have put it into the game right from the start. Games like LA Noire where one of the DLC was directly from the middle of the game (It was free DLC if pre-ordered through GameStop, but was a paid DLC if pre-ordered elsewhere or without pre-ordering it). Games like Resident Evil 5 where the DLC is actually on the disc, but is locked out.

            To me, those types of actions means that the whole game was not included. Adding non-needing weapons to single player games, or releasing expansions like RDR and Skyrim did is welcomed. Releasing reasonable priced map packs is welcomed too (like CoD4 with the $5 packs, not so much with the $15 in the “new” CoDs).

            So it is subjective, but I think it is a reasonable conclusion based on the context and patterns.

          • mcmax3000

            “Releasing reasonable priced map packs is welcomed too (like CoD4 with the $5 packs, not so much with the $15 in the “new” CoDs)”

            There was no $5 map pack for CoD4… There was a single $10 map pack, with three maps.

            Now they do $15 map packs with five maps.

            On a per map basis, you’re actually getting a slightly better deal with the newer games.

          • fsdfg dsfds

            i can define you as a douche

          • http://www.facebook.com/danicuadras Daniel Cuadras

            Most if not all DLC, even if not included on the disc itself, has been developed at the very same time of the main game, since DLC was invented. Do you really think the companies disband the team, then put them all together again some months later, and then program the DLC?

          • mcmax3000

            That’s what a lot of people think they should be doing…

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

        I expect they took a long look at how well the pricey Gears 3 packs went for things like gun skins and future content. It’s easy to consider a large number of people who buy these big name games have plenty of disposable income, and they’re only buying maybe 5 games a year that they recognise.[citation needed] With, what, a 35-40 million userbase now? There’s plenty of room to experiment. Personally I think it’s too nebulous to promise unannounced content, but there are people who can “forget” they spent $50 on something.

    • http://twitter.com/paulopinheiro__ Paulo Pinheiro

      Forza Horizon: Launch Day Car Pack.. A way to pay more for something that is suposed to be IN disc.

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

        I was considering picking up this title, but with this information I’m going to pass.

        • Captiosus

          Yep, I was actually interested in the game after playing the demo but a 4000 point “season pass” (which is really nothing more than a way to rob the consumers up front, take the money now and then underdeliver later and there’s nothing the consumers can do) and a “launch day” car pack that should have been included with the – oh, I dunno – LAUNCH DAY GAME?

          No, thank you. Lost sale, Microsoft and I hope like hell you’re not going to try to slap on a 4000+ point “season pass” on Halo 4. Maybe I’ll buy Forza Horizon used later so all the money goes to Gamestop rather than Microsoft. Even then, I won’t touch a 4000 point season pass.

      • http://shardsofinfinity.wordpress.com/ Shard

        … You realize that the game disc is completed long before launch right? Just because they have DLC ready on launch day DOESN’T mean they could have just put it on-disc, they had a lot of time to work on it DLC after the disc was finalized.

  • Polerand

    Finally! Been waiting for the Arkham bundle to go on sale in the US since Easter.

  • Hugoku

    A mixed bag. Batman deals look ok, but Bioshock? No comment. No use beating that dead horse. THQ sales have been done as well but will wait for the list. And Shocktober’s.

  • http://twitter.com/snakeeyes211 sergio sanchez

    Just another way Microsoft is ripping us off. If we don’t buy this pass major Nelson won’t get to travel 25 times a year ;-)

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joe-Adanac/100001237455741 Joe Adanac

      LOL. There is indeed entirely too much traveling being done by business people, professor types and the like. Such a sad waste of the planet’s remaining scarce resources when they could just make use of their own telecommunications technology.

  • http://www.facebook.com/DRoma82 Daniel Roma

    Can’t believe that Harley’s revenge is not on the sale too!
    Also, The other items thats were suposed to be on sale are at still at full price on the Marketplace.

  • http://www.facebook.com/manuelenrique.martineztorres Martinez Torres Manuel Enrique

    Guess the Scott Pilgrim’s DLC is going to be in November without a doubt… UNLESS SOMEONE DECIDES TO DELAYED IT ONCE AGAIN.. U.U

  • Knighted

    Where is Pool Nation?? It’s 5 days late already!! And if Bioshock 1 and 2 are $5 each, I might pick them up..

    • Barry

      It failed cert. It should be out 31st October.

      • Knighted

        Tyvm for this.. That’s kinda sad, but Cherry Pop is a new studio.. so, let’s give them the benefit of the doubt. Anyway, the game looks fantastic, I can’t wait to get my hands on it. We’ve been needing a “real” pool game on the 360.. looks like we just have to wait a bit longer. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/jacob.gross.946 Jacob Gross

    Xbox Live Gold is getting more useless to renewed now we really get horrible deals all the time please make deals worth getting

    • BostonSup

      But with Gold you have great features like Advertisements and access to services that require additional fees! Yeah, Gold is going down hill fast. For it’s real features like Party Chat, enforcement, security… Gold is maybe worth about $20 a year with their advertisements in place.

    • SaberSaurus

      Yeah they’re a joke, have you seen PSN’s recent deals, those are amazing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/reignofrock Scott J. Larouche

    Woah, woah.. Where’s Artorias of the Abyss? I thought that was coming out on the 23rd.. It better be, I need me some dyin’!

  • http://twitter.com/Prdingo Daniel Garcia

    For Shocktober Discounts i am really hoping for some Left 4 Dead discounts!

    • http://twitter.com/RhettCat Rhett Catania

      These are all free, oh wait that’s steam. Still bitter at M$ for that one. Charge people for your branding, when its free, even the first game’s added to the second and can play crash course, w/o giving M$ any money. Novel ideas.

    • BostonSup

      If you spend 2,000 points on “spooky movies, game add-ons, avatar items, and more”, you get 300 points. So you have to buy $25 worth of items to get $3.75 back.

      • mcmax3000

        That’s the Xbox Live Rewards offer for the month. It’s separate from what’s listed in Major’s blog post.

        • BostonSup

          Your right. It is Shocktober “Rewards”, not discounts.

  • BlinkFandango

    What happened? The DotW guys were doing so well and now we get Batman stuff that’s been discounted before without Harley’s Revenge (again) and Bioshock 2 AGAIN. Seriously, the Bioshock stuff just needs to be permanently discounted and the sales need to get better, or MS is going to lose a huge customer base when everything starts to go all digital and we leave physical media behind. Get with the times MS, if you want to learn how to price items and do discounts, visit Steam some time.

    • BlinkFandango

      I will admit that the THQ sales were extremely sweet, picked up Voltron and Warhammer Kill Team as well as the Space Marines DLC, so, all in all, not a complete fail.

  • http://twitter.com/JsinChaos Jsin

    Hey Major how much is Batman in Oregon??

  • http://twitter.com/MacUser1986 Michael Dolcin

    Can we please get ODST and Halo Anniversary on Games on Demand please?

  • http://twitter.com/CaptainLawlit Ethan Neumann

    What about Minecraft skin pack 3?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cameron-Lessing/1474997658 Cameron Lessing

      comes out on the 19th, PlayXBLA confirmed that yesterday :)

  • http://twitter.com/mmhmmitsskydog Skydog

    Please get better Games on Demand, i mean seriously… no one is going to pay $60 for a single player game. I’d gladly be ripped of for a fun looking COOP game though. MORE COOP, Borderlands 2! Your competitor whom is FREE, is getting better games in their stores.

    • http://twitter.com/mmhmmitsskydog Skydog

      Downvote me, but you fanboys know it’s true. None of you play anything except Call of Faggots.

      • Knighted

        A. I would love to see BL2 on demand.
        B. I am not a homosexual.
        C. I am not really a Call of Duty guy, but to each his own.
        D. If all you came here for was to complain, then expect to get backhanded.

  • JuanCabrera

    What’s in the THQ sale?

    • http://twitter.com/ChicoEdge Chico Edge

      Looks like a lot if the same stuff as last time. Saints Row 2 and 3 dlc, Warhammer, Voltron, Nexuiz,

      • Knighted

        All those are regular price currently.. are you living in the future, or do you have an inside track on knowing stuff? :)

        • Barry

          I can’t post a link but google “xbox special sale”. It should be at the top.

  • http://www.facebook.com/brian.ray.9404 Brian Ray


    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cameron-Lessing/1474997658 Cameron Lessing

      nice to see someone else actually curious as to where that game is, i thought i was the only one

      • Knighted


    • mcmax3000

      It’s coming October 31. That’s from the devs on Twitter.

      According to someone else above, it had certification issues that caused it to be delayed.

  • ElektroDragon


    • Russell Gorall

      I believe that is a retail release? Not sure. I glanced at Amazon and it seems to be released already on PC, the supposed release date was last week.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Liquidfx-Xboxdude/100003184837175 Liquidfx Xboxdude

    Major it doesn’t look like THQ publisher sale is up yet and the packs for B:AC is regular price. just thought i would let you know before a lot of people buy without looking and pay regular price.

  • Russell Gorall

    Forza Horizon Day One DLC Pack! Then pay the same price as the game for upcoming DLC! You guys will buy anything!!! DO IT!

    The BioShock stuff for next week looks good, if the first is selling as DLC for ten bucks or less then I may be in.

  • mchsTom

    On the dashboard, it says that the 2 for purchase Saints Row 2 DLC add-ons are 50% off. However, the prices have not been adjusted.

  • BostonSup

    Shocktober Discounts is buying $25 (2,000 points) worth of “spooky movies, game add-ons, avatar items, and more” so that you get ($3.75) 300 points credited back.

    So you have to buy $25 worth of items to get $3.75 credited back to you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tiso.spencer Tiso Spencer

    Shouldn’t Metro 2033 for GoD be $9.99 as was advertised by a few other sites and THQ themselves?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Liquidfx-Xboxdude/100003184837175 Liquidfx Xboxdude

    the prices are still the same as if they weren’t on sale for the THQ sale. what gives? i really want to get metro 2033 but not for 19.99. it is suppose to be 9.99.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joe-Adanac/100001237455741 Joe Adanac

    ooooh launch day car pack… which should’ve come with the game! Getting tired of the DLC milking this gen, and it’s only going to get worse next gen. Just move to free to play and be done with it, our $60 hardly gets us half a game nowdays anyway.

  • ryder4life22187

    Only thing i was able to buy was the Arkham bundle pack at half off challenge pack was still full price and Wreckateer is still at 800 points but did notice last weeks deals are still up and discounted for sum odd reason

  • ryder4life22187

    was only able to buy the Arkham bundle pack at half off and challenge map pack is still full price, as well as last weeks DOTW still work

    • http://twitter.com/JsinChaos Jsin

      i contacted the twitter support last night about the discounts not showing up correctly. today the full game is now discounted check the other stuff too

  • http://www.facebook.com/reignofrock Scott J. Larouche

    Somehow my post didn’t show up.. Where’s Artorias of the Abyss? Supposed to be out on the 23rd.

  • http://www.facebook.com/xmoda.isgod Xmoda Isgod

    you aren’t a racer so why would you want the dlc? go play call of duty please

  • SaberSaurus

    Sweet Guilty Gear, i’ll get that on my PS3.

  • Jeremy

    I already had the DLC installed to the hard drive from my purchased Batman Arkham City GOTY edition and now have bought the games on demand arkham city and the dlc doesn’t work with the games on demand version…what gives?

    • chris

      dont know if you have found an answer yet but the dlc from the game of the year edition will only work with the game of the year disc

      • Jeremy

        Looks like you’re right. It would be nice if it would say that so I didn’t waste my money. Didn’t have this problem with Borderlands, Fallout 3, Oblivion, Dragon Age, and every other game on games on demand where I mixed goty dlc with a games on demand edition. So who do I call/contact to complain and get a refund?

        • Jeremy

          Confirmed with WB on the phone. GOTY DLC does NOT work with Games on Demand Version. There is no warning of this fact when you purchase the games on demand version. I called xbox and they will not issue a refund for the games on demand version even though it is useless to me. Money wasted…thanks a lot. Not being able to give a refund on a digital purchase is BS…all xbox would have to do is revoke the license to play the content. It’s not rocket science.

          • chris

            i would keep on xbox support as it says nowhere that the dlc from game of year will not work for normal game or games on demand. this does work for other games and therefore should be on the box or manual.
            they can revoke the license like what they did with minecraft older tv problem.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bush-O-Connor/555604190 Bush O Connor

    best deal of the week ive seen so far is HALO 4 for free on the piratebay haha beat that microsoft :)

  • http://twitter.com/McStorm_ Jason

    between paying a subscription fee just to play online and shoddy DoTW, which have been on sale many, many times before. this is why i refuse to re-subscribe to GOLD membership, it’s just not good VFM anymore. All M$ are concerned with is how much they just rip joe public of his hard earn wages.

    • Alicegamer

      Praise the truth!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jon.gurney.71 Jon Gurney

    Yeah re forza horizon dlc, wait for the enevitable “game of the year edition”! What a rip off

  • http://twitter.com/Michael4life123 Michael P

    Hey Major Metro 2033 is suppose to be $9.99 why is it still $19.99 on the Dashboard. I was on it earlier and it said it was 50% off but it hasn’t changed yet.

  • Alicegamer

    Haven’t had gold now for about 3 months and this just makes my decision not to renew even more of the right one!

  • Alicegamer

    Major nelson just wondering if you read and convey the dissatisfaction of the Xbox community to the people in charge?