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Orson Scott Card games from Undertow devs

In a move that came out of the blue, but somehow feels right, Epic games (of Unreal and Gears fame) has acquired Chair Entertainment, the developers of Undertow for XBLA. Undertow was one of the earlier games to experiment with using Unreal Engine 3 on the Live Arcade and the fact that they are now owned by the makers of said engine seems to sit right. Chair Entertainment will still be known as such, and they are currently at work on two new projects, both of which have no announced platform (though XBLA is likeliest). The two games' titles are Empire: Alpha Complex and Ender's Game: Battle Room, both of which are based on properties of the novelist Orson Scott Card. Nothing else is known, but given the titles and properties that they correspond to, color us intrigued.

Undertow expansion on LIVE at 400 MS points [Update]

Update: It looks like the original price-point of 200 MS points this morning was in fact an error as the price of the Undertow expansion has been raised to 400 MS points.

Earlier in the week we reported that the expansion to Undertow, Microsoft's apology gift to gamers for the LIVE service downtime, would be hitting the Marketplace at 400 MS space bucks today.

Well, one for two ain't bad. The Undertow expansion, Path of the Elect, has hit the Xbox Live Marketplace but at the low price of 200 MS points (aka $2.50). According to the listing on the expansion pack price was slated at 400 MS points, so it is unclear if the content was priced down prior to release or if the Xbox Live Marketplace listing is an error.

Regardless, 200 MS points for the expansion is a steal and fans of Undertow should take notice immediately -- especially if this was a mistake!

Undertow Path of the Elect expansion this Wed

Microsoft's Xbox Live outage apology gift, Undertow will be sprouting a new set of expansion fins tomorrow with the release of a new Path of the Elect expansion pack.

Undertow's Path of the Elect expansion will give XBLA gamers an additional five campaign single / co-op levels, a new playable alien race called the "Elect" and four extra multiplayer maps. But this is not charity DLC as Chair Entertainment will be charging 400 Microsoft points for their Path of the Elect content. Then again, it isn't like the majority of Undertow owners didn't get the game for free, so we'll probably be tiny bit more open minded with our purchasing decision. Path of the Elect. DLC. Tomorrow. Buy.

Last chance to download free Undertow

For the fanboys of the world who tend to procrastinate and drag their downloading feet, they should know that their chance to download a free copy of XBLA game Undertow is about to expire.

Microsoft's apology download Undertow has been a free game download since Wednesday, January 23rd and will continue to be free until this evening. Then, tonight at 11:59PM pacific, Microsoft will be flipping the switch and revert Undertow back to its 800 Microsoft point price tag. So, if you have yet to get your download on, we advise getting your bum on the couch and scheduling two minutes out of your Sunday to head to the XBLM and download Undertow. Now, if you miss out, you have nobody else to blame but yourself and possibly your parents for handing down lazy genetics.

Reminder: Undertow a free download until Sunday

Just a reminder that Microsoft's apology gift for Live being "fickle" this holiday has just arrived. Their gift, the full version of Xbox Live Arcade game Undertow, is now a free download off the Marketplace. Undertow will remain free for only a limited time though, so we advise commencing the download process as soon as possible so you don't forget. Because when the clock strikes midnight pacific on Sunday, January 27th, the free Undertow offer will disappear into the deep, dark bowels of the Atlantic ocean, never to be seen again. And for those fanboys who already own Undertow, remember to give MS support a ring today, tell them your story and you'll be rewarded with 800 MS points instead. Free goodies for all!

Gallery: Undertow (XBLA)

Own Undertow? Call MS to get another free goodie

So, Undertow will be a free download to both gold and silver Xbox Live subscribers tomorrow, but what about those who already the game? Are they not worthy of another apology download option? Shouldn't they get another form of compensation since they've already plopped 800 MS points down on Undertow ? Well, the answer is ... yes.

Major Nelson posted a comment telling those who already own Undertow to "contact [Xbox] support" and that "they will take care of you." By taking care of us we don't expect free pizza for a year or a massage, but we do expect either free MS points or another XBLA download. Bottom line, if you've previously purchased Undertow and want another form of compensation for the Xbox Live downtime, get on the tele and make a call to Xbox customer support. State your case and ask (politely) for other compensation. Like Major said, they'll take care of you.

[Thanks, LHarmon]

Free Undertow is this week's XBLA release, bummer

Today's press release about the XBLA Awards also mentioned that this week Undertow would be a free download starting Wednesday, which wasn't any new news to us. But uncharacteristically missing from the XBLA press release was any information about a new Arcade game releasing for the week. So, we sent out a query to the powers that be to see if we would be getting new XBLA love on Wednesday. Coming to our rescue was the always timely Major Nelson who gave us the bad news confirming that there will be no new XBLA release this week, just some free Undertow. That means there will be no rumored Rez HD or Chessmaster Live gaming for you. Oh well, there's always next Wednesday ... sigh.

Free Undertow to make up for Live problems next week

Major Nelson just pinged us to let us know that Undertow has been pegged as the game that will be offered for free as an apology for the recent troubles on Xbox Live. If your unfamiliar with the game, it's essentially a 2D version of Battlefield ... only underwater. Players engage in class-based shooter action in order to capture control points and drain their opponents' resources. It's also one of the best looking games on Xbox Live Arcade and supports 16 players online. To put it simply: it was a good choice by Microsoft. The game will be free for download starting next Wednesday, January 23 at 2:00 am Pacific and will remain free through Sunday, January 27 at 11:59 am Pacific.

The big question is whether or not this $10 game will serve to quiet the angry throngs of gamers that have been denied their Xbox Live. Come to think of it, the bigger question may be whether or not those who download Undertow will actually be able to play it online next week. Let's hope so.

Gallery: Undertow (XBLA)

Last chance: win Undertow

This is it, your very, very last chance to win a copy of the XBLA underwater adventure Undertow. Hopefully, you remembered to enter once a day and maximize your chances of winning. Of course, if you didn't, there's nothing you can do about it now. In fact, it's really kind of cruel for us to even mention it .... Anyway, head on over to the official giveaway post and submit your entry.

Oh, and sorry about the who "maximize your chances of winning" thing. That was mean.

Reminder: win Undertow

Hey kids! Just a quick reminder that you still have a chance to win a super-neato and keen copy of Undertow for that new-fangled Xbox Live Arcade everyone is raving about. The poop on the street is that this game is hip with all of today's youngsters. If you'd like to be the first one on your block to nab a copy, just head on over to the official giveaway post and submit your entry. And remember, drink your Ovaltine you can submit one entry per day, so get to it. Should you win, remember to be careful. We wouldn't want you to shoot your eye out with a harpoon gun after all.

[Original image: foundphotoslj]

Fanswag Weekly: Undertow

Hey kids, Fanswag Weekly is back this week with a copy of Undertow for Xbox Live Arcade. Something like a mix between Geometry Wars and Battlefield, Undertow tasks your underwater faction with taking control of certain territories. It's a lot of fun and easily one of the most graphically impressive games available for XBLA (this sucker uses the Unreal 2 engine, after all). If you'd like to get your hands on a free download code for Undertow, all you have to do is follow the instructions below.
  • Undertow takes place under the sea. Leave a comment on this post telling us what your favorite sea creature is and why. You can leave one comment per calendar day (Eastern Time).
  • Be sure you only leave one comment per day. Posters of multiple comments during the same day will be disqualified. We'll accept entries until Friday, December 21, 12:00pm Noon, Eastern Time. You must be at least 18 years old to enter. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only
  • On Friday, we'll pick one winner via a random drawing
  • One winner will each receive a download code for Undertow, worth $10
Delve into the icy depths of the official rules by clicking here.

Gallery: Undertow (XBLA)

Undertow now available on the XBLA

Available for download off of the Xbox Live Arcade is Chair Entertainment Group's brand new and freshly baked XBLA game Undertow. This arcade underwater shooting adventure will set you back 800 Microsoft points and includes all kinds of goods including sixteen player Xbox Live battles, co-op campaign and explosive graphics. Undertow. It's kind of like Atlantis meets World War II ... but not really at all.

Undertow finds its way to the XBLA this week

We kind of knew this last month, but not it's official and now we can chalk one up for developers not being wrong about an XBLA game's release date. W00t for them!

The underwater adventure game of wetness Undertow is this week's XBLA release and for 800 Microsoft points it promises "non-stop conquest-style battles" that "push the envelope of onscreen effects and combat action". Intense stuff, we know. Undertow has already received some, so we'll see if the game's multiplayer and overall underwater feel deem it worthy enough of our 800 points and official X3F stamp of approval. But we aren't giving out awards or committing to a purchase until Wednesday. Sit tight, Undertow is near.

Undertow will swim to the XBLA Nov 21st

Undertow, the 3D sidescrolling, XBLA swimming adventure of Atlantis saving fun now has an official release date, so get out your waterproof writing instrument and mark your calendar. Developer Chair Entertainment promises a November 21st Undertow release which they announced with the help of a new game trailer (embedded above). Note the spiffy cutscenes, the underwater havoc, splitscreen gameplay and the chick who proclaims "Atlantis must not fall!" This could be a keeper fanboys and lucky for us, we only have to wait a few more weeks to see.

Undertow, Puzzle Fighter rated by ESRB

The ESRB database has been updated with several new Xbox 360 titles. Most notable among these are the Xbox Live Arcade releases, Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo HD Remix (E) and Undertow (E10+ oh noes!). Also rated was Dynasty Warriors: Gundam, a title with which we are completely unfamiliar. A quick look around the internet reveals that it's exactly what it sounds like: Dynasty Warriors with giant mechs instead of human warriors. Also rated was Hour of Victory, which recently had a (terrible) demo released on Xbox Live Marketplace. We already knew Puzzle Fighter was planned as a July release, but this may mean that Undertow will be coming sooner than we thought. Let's hope so; we can't wait to try out underwater Battlefield.

[Via GameStooge]

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