Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved News

Bizarre staff recall Activision closure

"Everybody was absolutely gutted."

In a brand new episode of Eurogamer Asks, the three studios formed from Bizarre Creations' ashes have talked to Eurogamer TV about their experience of Activision's controversial cull.

"No plans" for Geometry Wars 3

Cakebread on "all sorts of other projects".

Bizarre Creations' Gareth Wilson has revealed that the studio doesn't plan to continue its classic Xbox Live Arcade series, Geometry Wars.

Geometry Wars launches for XP

Geometry Wars launches for XP

Available on Steam for USD 2.50.

Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved has made a welcome, budget-priced appearance on Valve's Steam content delivery network - but the big news is that it's now compatible with Windows XP.

The two-stick shooter that drove thousands to the launch of Xbox Live Arcade in November 2005 is offered at an introductory price of just USD 2.50 - which is around half that total in pounds at the current (hilarious) exchange rate.

However, you'll have to get in there quick to take advantage of the mega-low price, as it will ascend to USD 3.95 on Friday, 22nd June. That's the price that the Windows Vista version, launched in January, currently sells for on MSN.

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Bizarre Creations originally intended to give away Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved as a free download, but the developer's community and web lead Ben Ward told Eurogamer this week that he's glad Microsoft convinced them not to do so.

Geometry Wars Vista launches

Geometry Wars Vista launches

Demo version available.

Like an aeroplane flying from Singapore to Heathrow that sodding well decides to do laps around Bovingdon just before it lands, Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved has spun wearily to a halt on MSN Games' Windows Vista channel, where it's now available for US$ 7.95.

Already a huge success on Xbox Live Arcade (where it costs 400 Microsoft points, or GBP 3.40 in old money), Geometry Wars is a colourful two-stick shooter of surprising depth. Its conversion to Vista has been handled in-house at Bizarre Creations, with "extensive input" from its original creator Stephen Cakebread.

It's been updated a bit, too, to do more PC things. You can change the resolution (although you'll need a beefy PC to get the most out of it if you want to go as high as our flat panel's 1920x1200 resolution), or play in a desktop window. Control-wise, it supports keyboard, keyboard and mouse, and single or dual-stick joypads, including the "Xbox 360 Controller for Windows".

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Live Arcade compilation

Out on Sept 15th in the UK.

There are two stories here. One is that Microsoft is releasing a compilation of six full Xbox Live Arcade titles on disc, and that you'll be able to get your hands on it here in the UK on September 15th. It should go for 24.99, although we've seen it listed at 19.99, so hunt around.

Grid Wars author's reflections

Felt pressured into cloning Geometry Wars, denies he's being sued.

Despite similarities, Geometry Wars clone Grid Wars - shut down at the barrel of a legal gun this month - began life quite detached from the game it ended up imitating.

Bizarre finally tackles Grid Wars

Geometry Wars clone shot down.

Having shown creditable restraint up to now, Bizarre Creations has finally cracked down on the distributors of Grid Wars 2, a game that's spookily and - Bizarre reckons - actionably similar to Xbox 360 title Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved.