Torchlight coming to Xbox Live Arcade with new content for House Party series

Runic Games has announced that the Diablo-esque RPG Torchlight is coming to Xbox Live Arcade for the upcoming House Party series of releases. The game has apparently been remade to use the Xbox controller (with dual sticks for moving and attacking, bumpers for potions, and hotkeys assigned to triggers and buttons), and given a new interface for the console release. There will also be "new quests, armor sets, weapons, and a new pet" to play with as well. Consider us surprised -- it'll be interesting to see how a very PC title (that's found a lot of success on Steam) fits into Microsoft's arcade lineup.

The House Party will start on February 16, and will also include a release of the Beyond Good and Evil HD remake, Hard Corps Uprising, PopCap's Bejeweled Blitz Live, and Full House Poker. That's a quality lineup right there!
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Xbox LIVE Arcade House Party Fact Sheet January 2011

Xbox LIVE is delivering five weeks of the best downloadable games with Xbox LIVE Arcade House Party. Beginning Feb. 16 with "Hard Corps: Uprising," a new game will launch every week bringing ongoing fun to you and your friends. New titles will also include "Full House Poker," the gem-matching action of "Bejeweled Blitz Live," fan favorite "Beyond Good & Evil" and action role-playing game "Torchlight." So invite your neighbors over or connect with your friends across the globe on Xbox LIVE* - no matter how you play, House Party will make winter a season to celebrate.

"Bejeweled® Blitz Live" (PopCap Games) E10+ (Everyone 10+) Take on friends in the brilliant gem-matching action of "Bejeweled® Blitz Live." You've got just 60 seconds to strategize, match and detonate as many gems as you can. Choose your favorite playing style - Classic or Twist - and rocket up the leaderboards. Battle your way to the top in the all-new 16-player Party mode over Xbox LIVE. Conquer the boards as you compete for score, style and speed. Create cascades of fun with Flame gems, Lightning gems and Hypercubes. You can even combine scores with friends for the highest weekly and all-time Friendscores. The challenge is irresistible.

"Beyond Good & Evil" (Ubisoft Entertainment) T (Teen) Now you can experience the thrill of the fan favorite "Beyond Good & Evil" on Xbox LIVE in full HD. Enter the futuristic world of the year 2435, a world full of deception, where nothing is as it seems, and exposing the truth is the only hope of restoring freedom. Play as action-reporter Jade and capture the truth using stealth, force and wits against a government that deceived you in this action-adventure with elements of puzzle-solving and stealth-based games. Battle against the forces of conspiracy, and master amazing tag-team fighting combos with allied resistance fighters.

"Hard Corps: Uprising" (Konami Digital Entertainment) Feb. 16, 2011 T (Teen) Thrilling, retro, run-and-gun action is back with a vengeance in "Hard Corps: Uprising," a new 2-D side scroller, developed by ARC System Works Company Ltd., that pays homage to the classic Konami action series. Play as the soldier Bahamut as he begins to write his legend in this spiritual prequel to "Contra: Hard Corps." Battle in the grueling trenches of Arcade mode or the all-new RISING mode, where a life bar and point system allow you to purchase items and upgrades to build your soldier up and achieve ultimate victory. Need help? Partner with a friend in online co-op mode* to lay down some serious carnage.

"Full House Poker" (Microsoft Game Studios - Xbox/Krome Studios - Windows Phone 7) T (Teen) Bet your way to fame by playing "Texas Hold 'Em" anytime, anywhere. Compete against your friends and thousands of playersaround the world. Play a quick two-player game for some lightning action; join a big 30-player tournament*; or play a round of Texas Heat,** a live poker game show that gives you 30 minutes to bluff, bet and raise your way to the final table. Show off your personality and keep your opponents guessing with unique tells, flashy avatar costumes, entertaining unlockables and awesome chip tricks. Build your bankroll and your poker skills while on the go with Windows Phone 7 and share your stats across platforms as you make your mark as a "Full House Poker" pro.

"Torchlight" (Runic Games Inc./Microsoft Corp.) E10+ (Everyone 10+) A highly regarded PC game with more than 800,000 units sold to date, "Torchlight" is now coming to Xbox LIVE. Combat is more exciting with revamped controls and mechanics, new armor and quests. There's even an exclusive new pet for your character. Send a select goodie or two to your friends on Xbox LIVE* to share the fun for the first time.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.