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At bleedin' last

Sometimes news stories just roll into the lap, with very little that needs doing to massage them. This is a good thing for your average web writer, especially when that news is something he’s been waiting for like a spoilt little brat on his way to the water slides. Finally we can give you a release date (well, sort of) and a price for the Xbox LIVE Arcade edition of Perfect Dark. It’s coming in March as part of the Block Party on Arcade, which comes out on 3 March, and will cost a measly 800 MS points. Hoorah and top hole, chaps.

This news came from Xbox Live’s Major Nelson, who is at the X10 exhibition in San Francisco, from where (as well as making our week with the PD news) he told us the following things:

  • The Halo Reach multiplayer beta will kick off on May 3. You will be able to access the beta via the Halo 3: ODST game disc.
  • Dead Rising 2 will release in North America on Aug. 31, Japan on Sept. 2 and Europe on Sept. 3.
  • Dead Rising: CASE ZERO an exclusive download only on Xbox LIVE, will launch prior to the full game and provide a playable prologue that bridges the story between the two titles.
  • Alan Wake will launch May 18 in North America and May 21 in Europe. Players can pre-order the title to receive the Bright Falls Bonus Pack, which includes exclusive content like Avatar gear, an Xbox LIVE theme, and a making of video.
  • The Xbox 360 Final Fantasy XIII Special Edition Bundle will release starting March 9 for $399, and include a 250GB Hard Drive, two Wireless Controllers, exclusive downloadable content and a Standard Edition copy of the game.
  • Toy Soldiers will kick off the Xbox LIVE Arcade Block Party on March 3
  • Perfect Dark, Scrap Metal and Game Room will launch this March as a part of the Xbox LIVE Arcade Block Party.

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