Sunday, December 19, 2010

Retro City Rampage Coming to XBLA

Independent developer VBlank Entertainment announced earlier this week that its anticipated, overhead shooter Retro City Rampage will be delayed until late 2011, citing a release in the upcoming Summer of Arcade promotion on XBLA.

Retro City Rampage is a overhead shooter akin to the original Grand Theft Auto titles, but the game takes a heavy retro perspective on the experience, throwing in game mechanics and characters and situations from a number of franchises in gaming history. Originally entitled Grand Theftendo, the game was going to be releasing early 2011 for WiiWare with other releases expected shortly thereafter.

However, in a release made this week by Brian Provinciano, the head of VBlank, the game was officially delayed for WiiWare until Fall 2011, because the game had been signed into a timed-exclusivity deal with Microsoft in order for it to appear in next year's XBLA Summer of Arcade.

As a result of the delay, however, the final version of RCR will contain added missions and content for both versions. The XBLA version will have a number of exclusive additions, though: widescreen support, video replays, a challenge mode, and character creation.

In the end, it benefits both sides. The game is fully self-funded, and seeing as Provinciano has just started going into his retirement savings, the more venues for the game, the better.

SOURCE: Destructoid
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