Purportedly leaked documents indicate "Xbox Live Arcade Wednesdays" will see a new game released each week; Capcom confirms Street Fighter II' Hyper Fighting coming August 2.
Tonight, Microsoft will throw a bash for the San Francisco games press at a half-swanky, half-funky hotel-lounge complex in the city's Tenderloin district. The ostensible reason is to "kick off the Summer of Xbox Live" and show off the Xbox Live Arcade version of arcade classics like Frogger
However, the event now appears to have been upstaged by what appears to be a preemptively e-mailed press release about the event. The release in question allegedly reveals that, after a long drought, Xbox Live Marketplace will begin receiving regular updates during the middle of each week.
According to the leaked statement, which was dated April 12, the recurring event will be creatively titled "Xbox Live Arcade Wednesdays." At midnight PDT (8am BST) on every titular day, Microsoft will release an Xbox Live Arcade
Though summer doesn't officially end until September 23, the release only had listings through August 9. It began with tomorrow's release of Frogger
, Digital Eclipse's reworking of the Konami arcade classic. July 19 will reportedly see the release of an all-new-title, the 3D adventure/puzzle hybrid Cloning Clyde
from NinjaBee. Then it's back to the old school with Namco's seminal space-shooter Galaga
, due July 26.
The following week will see one of the most anticipated Xbox Live Arcade releases yet. That's when, according to the leaked document, Street Fighter II' Hyper Fighting
will finally hit Marketplace. Capcom had previously indicated that the game would arrive in both the first and second quarters of 2006. It is the first title from the publisher for Xbox Live Arcade, and is a reworking of the early '90s arcade classic Street Fighter II' Turbo: Hyper Fighting
. However, if Hyper Fighting isn't old-school enough for you, August 9 will reportedly see one of the grand dames of the game world, Pac-Man
, step out on Marketplace.
But while the Xbox Live Wednesdays release was widely circulated, Microsoft refused to confirm or deny its authenticity. "The Xbox Live team is hosting an Xbox Live Gold Experience Event in San Francisco tonight to kick off a summer of Xbox Live Arcade
," a rep told GameSpot. "Full details of our forthcoming summer schedule and availability have not been announced yet but will be revealed soon, so stay tuned for more info."
However, reps for Capcom were not as reticent. "Street Fighter II' Hyper Fighting will be released on August 2," a spokesperson told GameSpot. "No price point has been finalized yet, but we will let you know as soon as that's determined."