Another year, another Microsoft XBLA promotion. As per usual, Microsoft will be kicking off its new promotional event entitles “House Party” with the release of Contra: Hard Corps Uprising on February 16th. HCU will be made by Arc System Works who are best known for Guilty Gear and BlazBlue. HCU itself was inspired by Konami’s own Contra: Hard Corps however it is now being spined off into it’s own series. The other titles avaliablare are: Beyond Good and Evil HD which I psoted a trailer of yesterday, TorchLight which was created by some of the ex-members who made Diablo II, Bejewelled Blitz Live which is another iteration of the popular puzzle game and Full House poker will also be avaliable. It’s not confirmed in what order the other four games will be coming out in or how much each game will be however more updates will continue as they are announced.
Beyond Good and Evil was a cult hit released by Ubisoft that was well recieved by gaming publications but didn’t sell very well to the dissapointment of its fans. After demand for a sequel following the adventures of Jade the Photographer, Ubisoft announced last fall a HD port of the game for XBLA and PSN. The first trailer for the game was released today and while nothing’s official, it seems that this game won’t be the only game to chronicle Jade’s life. The trailer can be viewed after the jump.