Xbox 360 Spring Showcase revealed

Microsoft took advantage of a pre-GDC lull to show off its spring line-up and tease some big features headed to popular favorites. Follow this stream for all the latest on Halo 4, Fable Heroes, Forza and the rest of the 360's vernal arsenal.

Diabolical Pitch dated, Forza 4, Raccoon City and Kinect Sports 2 DLC revealed

Among the breakout news stories from last week's embargoed Microsoft Spring Showcase — you know, the Halo 4 details, the new Fable and Forza games, and the like — was a handful of other release dates and DLC announcements.

  • Diabolical Pitch, Grasshopper Manufacture's bizarre arcade pitching game, will be tossed onto Xbox Live Arcade April 4th — making it the perfect, far more entertaining substitute for the opening games of the 2012 MLB season.
  • Kinect Sports: Season Two will add a new sport to its roster of Kinect-enabled activities: basketball. According to a press release, the...

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Wreckateer uses Kinect to catapult into XBLA this spring

As Boom Blox or Mechagodzilla before it proved, technology often doesn't come into its own until it's used for destruction. Chicago-based Iron Galaxy is putting that to the test with Wreckateer, an XBLA release that uses Kinect to put you behind the lever of your very own castle-crushing ballista.

As Wreck and Tinker do battle with goblins inhabiting over 60 different castles, they'll be able to tweak their shots with special powers that up the destructive force of shots or allow them to target specific weak points. Think Angry Birds meets Boom Blox. In fact, according to Joystiq, that's...

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Fable Heroes is an Xbox Live Arcade detour from Lionhead

The Kinect-enabled Fable: The Journey isn't the only detour on what's ostensibly a windy road headed towards an inevitable Fable 4. Introducing Fable Heroes, a four-player cooperative and competitive hack-and-slash adventure from Lionhead Studios, coming to Xbox Live Arcade. The game tasks you and up to three of your closest friends with defeating "familiar foes and new enemies," according to the Xbox Live Marketplace description.

One of the screenshots in the gallery below woud seem to indicate that Fable Heroes will adopt a board game mechanic to keep our four cartoony heroes moving...

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Forza Horizon drifts onto Xbox 360 this fall

Forza Horizon, a spin-off from Turn 10's hardcore racing and car customizing sim, is in development at Playground Games, Microsoft revealed during a recent Xbox 360 showcase. The game was described at the event as a "wing" of the core franchise, which a live-action "tone trailer" seems to support. We don't remember the playful exuberance seen in the video below while playing Forza 4 — we only remember our imperfect handling of turns, and the screamed curses that followed.

The UK-based Playground Games is made up of a number of industry veterans, including a large assortment of...

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