Robot Entertainment announced today that third-person tower defender Orcs Must Die! will be published by Microsoft Studios and available later this summer for PC and Xbox Live Arcade. The developer previously gave us a window of "late August or early September."

Orcs Must Die! will be playable this weekend at San Diego Comic-Con in the Xbox Lounge, located at the Hard Rock Hotel, and Robot Entertainment will have an OMD prequel comic book available at the show.

Not going to Comic-Con, but still want to get your hands on the transmedia companion fiction that is sure to deliver Great Gatsby nuance to the Orcs Must Die universe? Don't worry, the comic will be available in a digital format "later this summer, also at no charge."

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ORCS MUST DIE!™ COMING TO XBOX LIVE ARCADE AND PCS THIS SUMMER

Prequel comic to be released and game playable at San Diego Comic-Con


PLANO, Texas - July 15, 2011 – Robot Entertainment announced today that Orcs Must Die!™ will be available on Xbox LIVE Arcade and PCs later this summer. The game will be playable at the upcoming 2011 San Diego Comic-Con which runs from July 21st to 24th. Robot Entertainment also announced that it has chosen Microsoft Studios to publish and distribute the game. Said Patrick Hudson, CEO of Robot Entertainment, "Players on both Xbox LIVE Arcade and PCs will get their chance to massacre orcs by the thousands soon. We're excited that Microsoft shares our orc bloodlust and will publish the game."

Robot Entertainment also announced today they will be releasing an Orcs Must Die! prequel comic book. The single-issue comic tells the story of a world endangered by savage monsters and of the heroes that rose up to drive them back. Orcs Must Die! will be playable at the Xbox Lounge on July 23-24 in the Hard Rock Hotel during Comic-Con. Limited print editions of the prequel comic will be available to players at Comic-Con at no charge. The digital version of the comic will release later this summer, also at no charge.

About Orcs Must Die!
Orcs Must Die! is an action-strategy game that challenges players to defend fortresses under siege. With a wide variety of traps and weapons to choose from, Orcs Must Die! dares players to find the best ways to hack, launch, flatten, gibletize, and incinerate an endless army of filthy orcs and their vile allies. Orcs Must Die! features a vibrant look, addictive gameplay, and a blatant disregard for the welfare of orcs. Orcs Must Die! is rated T by the ESRB, and will be available exclusively as a digital download.

For more information about Orcs Must Die!, please visit http://www.OrcsMustDie.com.

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This article was originally published on Joystiq.