Croteam will made good on their promises to bring Serious Sam 3: BFE to consoles, starting with the Xbox 360. The insane FPS sequel will be making an Autumn downloadable debut on Xbox Live Arcade, and if that isn't enough, Mommy's Best Games' brutal and brilliant indie shooter Serious Sam: Double D will also be hitting as a extras-packed XXL version.
You'd better bet on Sam. More details below.
The XBLA version of Serious Sam 3: BFE plans to "feature all the fast-paced, brutal action Serious Sam fans love," and will take advantage of the "deep online capabilities" of Xbox Live Arcade (whatever that means). We don't reckon that 16-player cooperative functionality will make it in, but we can expect at least four on top of competitive multiplayer. It's slated for an Autumn release, price TBA.
“Serious Sam fans have been asking for Serious Sam 3: BFE to come to Xbox LIVE Arcade and we’re very excited to launch on the platform this fall,” said Roman Ribaric, CEO of developer Croteam. “All the high-octane action and over-the-top violence will be intact so Xbox LIVE Arcade gamers will get the full Serious Sam 3: BFE experience!”
Serious Sam 3 proved to be extremely divisive thanks to a somewhat restrictive opening third, but it opens out into a glorious murder playground featuring insane 16-player co-op. We nominated it as our FPS of the year after a glowing 9/10 review, and spoiler alert: it's properly serious.
Just as excitingly, Serious Sam: Double D will also be hitting XBLA - with some serious retooled functionality. On top of the original 18 campaign levels and 12 challenge maps, Serious Sam Double D XXL will feature new campaign missions, new challenges, new enemies, Gunstacker upgrades, and better yet, a two-player local cooperative mode.
“Xbox LIVE Arcade gamers are going to get so much insane Serious Sam action this summer it’s going to make their televisions bleed,” claimed (the fictional marketing construct) Fork Parker, CFO of Devolver Digital. “Call the paramedics, homey. Your flat screen TV just took another headshot from Serious Sam.”
Nathan Fouts, The veteran weapon designer from Resistance, Ratchet & Clank and Postal delivered a balls-out action platformer, which we rated 9/10 when it released last summer.