Ascend: Hand of Kul
E3 2012: Microsoft Game Studios Announce Three New Titles
Written Monday, June 04, 2012 By Lee Bradley
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On stage at their E3 press conference just minutes ago, Microsoft Studios announced three new titles for Xbox 360. They are Ascend: New Gods, LocoCycle and Matter. Though it has not been explicitly stated, it's believed that they are all XBLA titles.

Ascend: New Gods is from Signal Studios, the developers behind Toy Soldiers. It’s an action RPG in which you play as Caos, a “gigantic breed of mighty warriors created to serve the will of the Gods.” It will allow you to “wage war against Xbox 360 players from your mobile phone, gain power and prestige, and transfer it all to your console — anywhere, anytime.”

LocoCycle is Twisted Pixel’s new one. They're the chaps that made 'Splosion Man and The Gunstringer. Hitting in 2013, it’s about a badass futuristic motorbike assassin called I.R.I.S. We assume. Details are scarse.

Last up, Matter is a Kinect game from Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinsk also coming in 2013i. Looks like it will be a puzzler of sorts set in a morphing, metal world. The star of the game appears to be a robotic sphere not too dissimilar to Guilty Spark.


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Comment #1 by EliteShadowMan
Monday, June 04, 2012 @ 02:03:39 PM
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And they all looked bad.

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Comment #2 by Epic Gamer Will
Monday, June 04, 2012 @ 02:04:14 PM
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I want more info on Loco Cycle!

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Comment #3 by TomComics
Monday, June 04, 2012 @ 02:04:41 PM
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loco cycle does not look interesting

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Comment #4 by Crimson Ridley
Monday, June 04, 2012 @ 02:05:13 PM
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This is all so exciting so far. I know you aren't meant to reveal your best cards early but you may as well have pulled mud out of your pocket and told everyone about it.

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Comment #5 by StillTIPPIN187
Monday, June 04, 2012 @ 02:06:44 PM
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hate all you want but i wanna play Matter.. I enjoy kinect but its limited in good titles.. This one look like a good puzzler for the thing.

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Comment #6 by D3TR1MENTAL
Monday, June 04, 2012 @ 02:06:57 PM
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Ascend looks a little rough, Loco Cycle...well what is it?, and Matter looks like it could turn out really cool, or awful.

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Comment #7 by fallout frank
Monday, June 04, 2012 @ 02:08:22 PM
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Lets be honest, they all look shit.

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Comment #8 by XxStuartxX 1990
Monday, June 04, 2012 @ 02:10:54 PM
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Ascend looked abit like Kingdom of amalur but against giant monsters, when I was watching the breafing it was lagging abit, and I didnt realise it was for the phone...

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Comment #9 by The Destroyernatorer
Monday, June 04, 2012 @ 02:11:53 PM
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They barely showed anything of the three, but Ascend looked interesting and I can't believe people are dismissing Lococycle already. Twisted Pixel have a stellar track record so I'm giving them the benefit of the doubt.

As for Matter, for a moment I thought it was a Portal spin-off! I'll reserve judgement however and hopefully it's going to be good. =]

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Comment #10 by RemoteStratos
Monday, June 04, 2012 @ 02:13:40 PM
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Looking forward to Loco Cycle, but I wonder if it will be anything like the old Extreme G games back on the N64. Ascend may be something to look out for in my opinion.

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Comment #11 by Uzumaki
Monday, June 04, 2012 @ 02:13:44 PM
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They all looked XBLA material... I was actually expecting big titles but instead we got these games.

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Comment #12 by Daytripper
Monday, June 04, 2012 @ 02:16:02 PM
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awful e3 in terms of gaming announcements

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Comment #13 by Enigk
Monday, June 04, 2012 @ 02:24:03 PM
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Futuristic motorcycle assassin sounds genius. How can you write a game off knowing only that premise?

Call of duty you shoot things.
Assassins creed you stab things.
Forza you drive a car.
Elder scrolls you wander around doing things for people.

LocoCycle now sounding like best game premise ever now eh?

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Comment #14 by Lothra
Monday, June 04, 2012 @ 02:26:13 PM
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Matter looks frighteningly similar to Portal 2, the spheres even look like Atlas & Peabody without there hands/legs.

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Comment #15 by JGar77
Monday, June 04, 2012 @ 02:36:47 PM
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We all want something new...but we also want it to be, well, GOOD.

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Comment #16 by hotdogenigma
Monday, June 04, 2012 @ 02:51:48 PM
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In order of appearance, lame-lamer-lamest.

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Comment #17 by MC Something
Monday, June 04, 2012 @ 03:09:05 PM
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You people are idiots. We're seeing teasers...not even previews...of games that are still a year or so off. You immediately think they're going to be crap? Why? Because they look nothing like the games you've played a million times before?

You people are part of the problem with the gaming industry. Because YOU'RE not open to new ideas, PUBLISHERS aren't open to ADVANCING new ideas. In the end we're left with more shooters set in various locations/times and the same multiplayer mode as every other game but wearing a different hat.

Open your minds, people. Gaming wouldn't be where it is today without gamemakers/players taking chances on new ideas.

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Comment #18 by RoseSymphony
Monday, June 04, 2012 @ 03:14:18 PM
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Gore Verbinski, what are you doing making Kinect XBLA games? You should be putting all of your time into making the Bioshock movie. Get your priorities straight. D:

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Comment #19 by Philosopher
Monday, June 04, 2012 @ 03:19:00 PM
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F*CK MICROSOFT!!! THIS IS PURE SHIT!!! Now im really looking to buy PS3!

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Comment #20 by TRAGICTRIXIE
Monday, June 04, 2012 @ 03:38:45 PM
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so a god of war rip off, a tron rip off and a portal rip off? Come on microsoft! You can think of better ideas for games than this rubbish

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Comment #21 by matheusps92
Monday, June 04, 2012 @ 03:40:22 PM
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totally agree.
the first game is looking like a wp7 game. if that's true, it's looking amazing. for the others, let's just wait and see

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Comment #22 by combustible lemon
Monday, June 04, 2012 @ 03:54:05 PM
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By the end of E3 I am sure I will be wanting a ps3 after being bombarded by MS's BS about kinect shovelware, how halo 4 will have kinect integration, what new pointless things the kinect can do, how the new gears game will utilize kinect and having to hear about nothing but halo 4, gears of war and some crappy XBLA games-nothing to get excited about, no new first party AAA IP's just crap

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Comment #23 by reaper527
Monday, June 04, 2012 @ 04:51:48 PM
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i couldn't agree more. this is why we can't have nice things.

even the resident evil creators are talking about how "call of duty changed gaming". i wouldn't be surprised if the transition of that franchise from original and unique gaming to dumbed-down tomb raider clone was followed up by a transition to a CoD clone.

i for one applaud any developer who is willing to try something different, and hope for the best for these 3 titles (as well as the 3 new ip titles from last year's e3 such as crimson dragon)

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Comment #24 by Damodar Thade
Monday, June 04, 2012 @ 07:42:55 PM
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Sony and Nintendo must laughing there arse's off after that line up of garbage.

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Comment #25 by Steakslave
Monday, June 04, 2012 @ 10:10:10 PM
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So....Bloodforge 2: Acend: New Gods?
Twisted Pixel's only lousy game so far was Comic Jumper(IMO),and
Matter had my inerest until I saw it was for Kinect...

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Comment #26 by YBloc Rellim
Monday, June 04, 2012 @ 10:32:44 PM
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@13 the motorcycle IS the assassin, your argument is invalid. and i have said this b4 on here but...all this looks like uninteresting bullshit

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Comment #27 by DaChiefOfOwnage
Monday, June 04, 2012 @ 11:32:24 PM
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Haha, oh wow.

Seen it all before in the first trailer, generic RPG clone with skeletons etc etc. Then I actually started laughing during the LocoCycle teaser purely because of its ridiculous concept and the fact that TwistedPixel will never get another cent from me. Finally, ended with a facepalm upon seeing that Portal 2 clone and the fact that despite the main character (who is... a ball) defying gravity, it had to wait for a bridge to form.

I'm sorry but this seems like garbage. Can't wait to see Fable: Journey to the Bargain Bin.

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Comment #28 by reaper527
Tuesday, June 05, 2012 @ 10:18:03 AM
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after sony's presentation last night, i doubt they are laughing too much. they tried and failed to breath some life into the sinking ship that is vita (oh, and they had the "wonderbook". i wonder who thought that was a good idea)

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Comment #29 by TomComics
Tuesday, June 05, 2012 @ 07:01:56 PM
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anyone know details on matter?

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