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We love it when rumors pan out (it makes us look so cool). Last week's rumor that Novadrome was this week's Arcade release have come to fruition. A car combat game from the makers of Carmageddon, Novadrome could bring an entirely new experience to Xbox Live Arcade. The title promises 8-player Live play(!), more than 20 vehicles, 15 arenas, and loads of different weapons.

Strangely, there is hardly any media available for the title whatsoever, so right now we're stuck hoping for the best. We're just going to put on our hoping hats and assume that Novadrome will be Live Arcade's answer to Twisted Metal. For 800 points, it had better be the answer to one of the good Twisted Metal games, too.

Full press release after the break.

Destroy or Be Destroyed in the Arenas of "Novadrome" on Xbox Live Arcade

Stainless Software, the creators of the renowned vehicle-combat franchise "Carmageddon," return to their roots with "Novadrome," an original 3-D smash-'em-up game. This unique combat-driving game will be available for download on Xbox Live® Arcade for Xbox 360™ beginning Wenesday, Dec. 20, at 9 a.m. GMT (1 a.m. PST).

In "Novadrome," gamers blast, smash and crash their way to victory as they fight for survival among friends and foes alike in one of the 15 detailed 3-D arenas. Abducted by robots from the planet Nova, the players must stop their captors before they launch a full-scale invasion against Earth. Gamers will need to use their speed, wit and determination to defeat robot gladiators and other abductees in a series of combat-driving competitions in high-powered armored vehicles equipped with front-mounted automatic weapons. "Novadrome" also provides gamers with a frantic multiplayer mode for up to eight players via Xbox Live*.

"Novadrome" will be available worldwide for 800 Microsoft Points.

GAME FEATURES

  • Frantic eight-player combat driving action set in a far-out alien world
  • More than 20 off-road-buggy-style combat vehicles
  • Fifteen arenas full of non-stop, furious action. Combat arenas feature upgrades, power-ups, obstacles and mines.
  • A wide range of dynamic vehicle-mounted weapons. Players can destroy their enemies and acquire their weapons as power-ups.
  • Adrenaline-pumping boss encounters. Humans in vehicles battle a variety of gladiatorial robot opponents.
  • Multiple gameplay modes and event types to choose from. Modes are Career, Arcade Challenge, Free Play, and Multiplayer.
  • Top of the class. Gamers can experiment with the various modes and master their gameplay to top the online "Novadrome" leaderboards.
  • Twelve achievements. Players can increase their gamerscore by 200 points with 12 diverse achievements.

WHERE CAN I GET IT?

"Novadrome" can be downloaded beginning Wednesday, Dec. 20, at 1 a.m. PST on Xbox Live Arcade.

"Novadrome": 800 Microsoft Points, Rated E10+ (Fantasy Violence)

More information is available at http://www.xbox.com/en-US/games/livearcade.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.