Summer of Arcade Titles/Promotion Announced

Have a Kinect? No? Well then, this years Summer of Arcade promotion doesn’t matter to you, because Microsoft saw fit to include Fruit Ninja, a Kinect-only title, in this years line-up. Never mind that Fruit Ninja is about a $1 on Android and iPhone/iPad App Stores (it’s $10 on XBLA), you still can’t score a free copy of the $15 action RPG Crimson Alliance without buying it and the other four games tied into the promotion. In some way though, if you do get Fruit Ninja, you can see it as getting $5 off Crimson Alliance, right?

Complaints about the promo aside, it shouldn’t dilute what looks to be a fantastic series of games, including Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet, a 2D adventure with a richly designed art style. That’s the mid-game of the promo though, the summer kicking off with Bastion, a hand-painted beauty coming July 20th, followed by From Dust on July 27th, Planet on August 3rd, Fruit Ninja on August 10th, rounding off with Toy Soldiers: Cold War on the 17th.