It's Hot Out. Perhaps You Should Stay Inside for the Summer of Arcade, Instead.

The Xbox Live Summer of Arcade promotion has become a bona fide hot weather event in gaming. For the fifth summer running, Microsoft will be releasing and promoting promising download-only titles via Xbox Live Arcade. This year, the Summer of Arcade starts on July 18 and runs until mid-August. What's on deck, when's it coming out, and how much will it cost you?

  • July 18: Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD, 1200MSP ($15)
  • July 25: Wreckateer, 800 MSP ($10)
  • August 1: Deadlight, 1200 MSP ($15)
  • August 8: Hybrid, 1200 MSP ($15)
  • August 15: Dust: An Elysian Tail, 1200 MSP ($15)
  • Microsoft hopes to sweeten the deal by giving a 400 point credit to anyone who purchases three or more of the five games.

    Of course, what this really means is that yes, it's been a full year now since Bastion became a fast-traveling indie sensation that took over the internet (and my iPod). There's always at least one big hit in the bunch, in any given summer. What will it be this year? We'll find out next month.