Iron Brigade (formerly Trenched)

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Next free Xbox 360 Games with Gold titles announced

Next free Xbox 360 Games with Gold titles announced

A World of Keflings and Iron Brigade for your downloading pleasure.

A World of Keflings and Iron Brigade are your next free Xbox 360 Games with Gold titles, Microsoft has announced.

NinjaBee's kingdom-building adventure A World of Keflings is available from 1st November to 15th November. Double Fine Productions' tower defense shooter Iron Brigade is available from 16th November to 30th November.

They replace Might & Magic Clash of Heroes and Halo 3, which were the Games with Gold titles for October.

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Microsoft no longer charges developers to patch their Xbox 360 games

Microsoft no longer charges developers to patch their Xbox 360 games

UPDATE: Microsoft confirms. Fez creator Phil Fish investigating if this is retroactive.

UPDATE #3: Microsoft has provided Eurogamer with a full statement regarding its decision to drop charges for Xbox 360 game patches.

"Microsoft eliminated fees for Title Updates on Xbox 360 Arcade games in April 2013," a spokesperson said, reiterating what Hryb and Whitten announced below. "We're constantly evaluating our policies and implementing feedback.

"While our development policies are confidential, and will remain so, we're pleased to say that this is just one of many ongoing changes and improvements we've made to ensure Xbox is the best place possible for developers and gamers."

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Double Fine's Iron Brigade confirmed for Steam release

Iron Brigade (formerly Trenched) is headed for a PC release via Steam, developer Double Fine has announced.

Double Fine's take on the tower defense genre will be available to download next Monday, 13th August.

The PC version will include DLC add-on pack Rise of the Martian Bear.

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Voltron XBLA game release date

Voltron XBLA game release date

Update: Full XBLA release schedule listed, including Iron Brigade.

Update: Major Nelson has now released the full Xbox Live Marketplace release schedule for the coming weeks, reproduced below. There's likely no mention of Iron Brigade's European release as Nelson's listing is for worldwide launches.

Arcade games

Voltron - 30th Nov, 800 Points

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Iron Brigade release date announced, finally

Iron Brigade release date announced, finally

Double Fine's latest out this month.

Double Fine's delayed action/strategy effort Iron Brigade launches its assault on Xbox Live Arcade from 30th November, the developer has announced.

The game launched in the US this summer as Trenched, though a trademark dispute then held up the European launch.

The game will now be renamed in all territories, and comes with an extra batch of content as a make-up offering.

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Double Fine details Iron Brigade DLC

Double Fine details Iron Brigade DLC

Still no word on European launch.

Double Fine's Xbox Live Arcade tower defence title Iron Brigade (formerly known as Trenched) will receive a new horde mode in a forthcoming DLC update.

The upcoming expansion is called Rise of the Martian Bear, Kotaku reports. Release date and pricing information is yet to be revealed.

Double Fine's latest title is still awaiting release in Europe after trademark issues forced the game to be delayed and re-named.

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MS confirms Trenched European release

MS confirms Trenched European release

As Iron Brigade in September.

Microsoft has confirmed that Iron Brigade - the game known as Trenched in the US - will be released in Europe this September, Eurogamer can reveal.

Confirmation comes from a Microsoft press document issued at German games show gamescom today.

"Xbox Live Arcade fans will also be able to get their hands on Iron Brigade, also known as Trenched, which will be released in Europe this September," the press briefing read.

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Board game blocks Trenched EU release

"Trench" trademark already taken.

Double Fine XBLA game Trenched cannot be released in certain parts of Europe because of an old trademark held by abstract board game Trench, Eurogamer has discovered.

Trenched

Trenched

Mechlovin.

"The enemy crushed my legs, but he couldn't crush my spirit," says a grizzled war veteran at the start of Double Fine's latest downloadable game, Trenched.

This determination is applicable to Double Fine as well, after its metal-themed fantasy epic Brutal Legend was a financial failure. It didn't help that the game was portrayed as an action-adventure title in ads, at trade shows and even in a public demo. When it was finally released as a real-time strategy hybrid, the results were so baffling that its designer Tim Schafer had to write a public letter explaining how to play it properly.

Upon hearing the announcement that Trenched would return to that well for another action/RTS mash-up, one would be forgiven for being sceptical. However, what didn't kill them only made them stronger; Double Fine has learned from its past mistakes to cement its own unique spin on a popular genre.

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Out This Week - 24/06/11

Fear 3! SotD! Street Fighter! Trenched!

Eastern and western horror goes head to head this week, each supported by some big names. In the US corner, Fear 3 (or F.E.A.R. 3, or even worse, F.3.A.R.), supported by Halloween director John Carpenter and comic book writer Steve Niles.

Trenched release date announced

Trenched release date announced

Plus, new trailer for Double Fine's latest.

Trenched, Double Fine's take on the tower defense genre, digs in on Xbox Live Arcade from 22nd June.

Priced at 1200 Points, the game sees you attempting to fight off an invading alien army using giant mechs. You can take a look at the opening cinematic in the new trailer below.

It's the third downloadable game to emerge from Tim Schafer's busy studio in the past six months, following cute RPG Costume Quest last year and the delightful matryoshka doll escapade Stacking back in February.

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