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Microsoft has announced that, beginning in June, all entertainment apps (such as Netflix, Hulu, HBO Go, and others) will not require an Xbox Live Gold subscription. Instead, the apps will be open to all Xbox 360 and Xbox One owners with an Internet connection.
The consolemaker will also expand their Games With Gold program to the Xbox One in June. Xbox One owners with Gold memberships will be able to download Max: The Curse of Brotherhood and Halo: Spartan Assault for free during the month.
Microsoft also announced the Xbox 360’s Games With Gold for June and we’re all in for a treat: Dark Souls and Charlie Murder will be the free games for the month. As a bonus, Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition will also be available to download for Gold subscribers.
My Xbox 360’s hard drive will be a lot less roomy by June 30.
The Xbox 360’s Summer of Arcade continues this week with Charlie Murder. The wild and wooly beat ’em up comes from Ska Studios, the same team responsible for the equally insane The Dishwasher: Dead Samurai and The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile.
It’s a punk rock apocalypse! Team up with your friends to lead embattled punk rock band Charlie Murder in their epic quest to save the world from rival death metalers Gore Quaffer and their legions of evil. RPG it up as you hoard insane loot to buff your character (and look excellent), earn fans to unlock powerful finishers and teamup moves, get tattoos to channel your “Anar-Chi,” and uncover mysterious relics of modern myth!
Charlie Murder is available to download for 800 Microsoft Points ($10).
Microsoft has announced the release schedule and prices for this year’s slate of Summer of Arcade titles.
First announced at E3, this year’s Summer of Arcade will kick off on August 7 with Starbreeze’s Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons (1200 Microsoft Points/$15). The second week of the promotion, August 14, will see the release of Ska Studios’ Charlie Murder (800 Microsoft Points/$10). Third out of the gate, on August 21, is the HD remake of Flashback (800 Microsoft Points/$10). Capping everything off, on August 28, is Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (1200 Microsoft Points/$15). Here’s the schedule in list format, because, why not…
- August 7: Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons (1200 Microsoft Points/$15)
- August 14: Charlie Murder (800 Microsoft Points/$10)
- August 21: Flashback (800 Microsoft Points/$10)
- August 28: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (1200 Microsoft Points/$15)
As in years past, buying more than one Summer of Arcade title will trigger a special bonus gift. This year, purchasing two or more games during the promotion will net you a “Souls Pack” for the upcoming Ascend: Hand of Kul.
Microsoft has announced the four games that will make up this year’s Summer of Arcade:
- Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons (505 Games)
- Charlie Murder (Microsoft Studios)
- Flashback (Ubisoft)
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (Activision)
2013 is the sixth straight year that Microsoft has held the Summer of Arcade promotion and this year’s crop of games certainly brings something new to the table (the co-op adventuring of Brothers and the cartoonish mayhem of Charlie Murder) while also bringing back something old (the Flashback remake and the return of the heroes in a half-shell).
The Summer of Arcade begins on August 7, but release dates and prices for this year’s slate will be announced at a later date. A Summer of Arcade 2013 trailer can be found after the break. (more…)