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VideoStory dev diary for XBLA game Deadlight

Side-scrolling platformer that oozes atmosphere.

VideoDeadlight story trailer shows new gameplay

XBLA horror platformer out this summer.

VideoDeadlight developer diary talks '80s setting

Stylish silhouetted XBLA title due this summer

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Tequila Works opens up about turbulent development of Rime

"We knew we had to deliver or we were f****d."

Small Spanish studio Tequila Works has opened up about the turbulent development of emotive exploration game Rime. It was a game announced with a bang as a PlayStation 4 exclusive in 2013, but it dropped exclusivity - dropped off the radar - and didn't materialise until May this year.

Deadlight: Directors Cut announced for June

Deadlight: Directors Cut announced for June

Coming to Xbox One, PC and PS4.

Deadlight is getting the remastered treatment with Deadlight: Directors Cut, publisher Deep Silver has announced.

It's due 21st June on Xbox One, PS4 and PC. This marks Deadlight's PlayStation debut.

The price has already been set at $19.99 (about Ł14).

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Microsoft's Summer of Arcade 2012 posts uninspiring sales

Microsoft's Summer of Arcade 2012 posts uninspiring sales

Wreckateer is worst-selling title in promotion for years.

This year's Summer of Arcade promotion for Xbox Live Arcade has posted overall uninspiring sales, with Kinect Angry Birds-style game Wreckateer the worst-selling Summer of Arcade title in the promotion since at least 2009.

Wreckateer notched up just 6629 players during its first week on sale, Gamsutra reported, the worst total for a Summer of Arcade game since at least 2009.

(The promotion began in 2008, but there are no records to chart that year's sales.)

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Deadlight Review

Deadlight Review

Flashback.

By the time the time the real apocalypse decides to show itself, it's likely to be met by a simple shrug of the shoulders from most of us. We've all explored the wastelands and seen what happens when the world finally eats itself so many times, it's all in danger of becoming a little passé.

In order to spice up the end of days, to inject a little more excitement into the routine horror of Armageddon, you need a fresh perspective. I Am Alive plucked one from the ashes by placing a perverse emphasis on the bleak horror of surviving, a vision as influenced by the grim authenticity of The Road as it was any other game.

Spanish developer Tequilla Works shares Ubisoft Shanghai's literary tastes, though it's found another perspective through which to filter them. Cormac McCarthy is one inspiration, but it's Jordan Mechner, Eric Chahi and Paul Cuisset (all acknowledged as the final credits roll) who are the real guiding lights here.

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Xbox Live Summer of Arcade release dates and prices

Xbox Live Summer of Arcade release dates and prices

Tony Hawk gets things started on 18th July.

This year's Xbox Live Summer of Arcade series gets underway on 18th July with Tony Hawk Pro Skater HD, Microsoft has announced.

There'll be one game a week for five weeks, with pretty side-scroller Dust: An Elysian Tail bringing things to a close on 15th August. In between, there's Angry Birds-esque Kinect thing Wreckateer, stylish apocalyptic platformer Deadlight and ambitious multiplayer FPS Hybrid.

Will any of this lot reach the same heights as last year's standouts Bastion and From Dust? Here's the full line-up with prices:

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Deadlight Preview: XBLA's Shining Light

If you had any lingering doubts about whether Cormac McCarthy really is this year's zombies, then let Deadlight solemnly persuade you that it's The Road rather than Romero that's currently foremost in gaming's collective consciousness. You'll see the novel's influence in Naughty Dog's The Last of Us, and you'll have seen it in Ubisoft Shanghai's surprisingly coherent view of a post-apocalyptic world, I Am Alive.

And you'll see it again this summer in Deadlight, one of the brightest propositions in store for Xbox Live Arcade, and quite possibly the sparkling gem in this year's Summer of Arcade. It helps that in many ways, Deadlight brings to mind two previous summer beaus on the 360's download service, Limbo and Shadow Compex, with its side-scrolling 2D gameplay that's told with a strong artistic bent.

Deadlight's set against a post-apocalyptic backdrop that's riddled with the walking dead. It's a scenario whose weary familiarity is countered with often breathtaking art design, its lighting veering towards monochrome while its ambiance lays on a thick, melancholic horror. (Spanish developer Tequila Works comprises many ex-MercurySteam staff, and the quality of both Jericho and Castlevania: Lords of Shadow seems to have carried across with them.)

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Indie horror Deadlight announced for XBLA

Indie horror Deadlight announced for XBLA

Developer boasts Diablo III, Heavy Rain veterans.

Spooky platform puzzler Deadlight will be released on Xbox Live Arcade this summer, developer Tequila Works has announced.

Deadlight is set in a dark, apocalyptic version of 1980s America. First screenshots appear to show main character Randall Wayne silhouetted against various grim backdrops, wielding a gun and pickaxe.

Madrid-based developer Tequila Works was founded in late 2009. Deadlight is the indie outfit's first project and will be published by Microsoft Studios exclusively for XBLA.

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