Ikaruga May Be Coming To XBox Live Arcade
This is basically a rumor, but there is some solid evidence that one of the games from my XBox Live Wishlist might become a reality.
According to Eurogamer, Ikaruga, the cult classic 2D shooter from Treasure apparently has shown up on the XBox 360’s top-secret (only for developers and journalists) area, Partnernet.
“There are two downloads listed in the Xbox Live Arcade section of Partnernet, which mirrors Xbox Live’s functionality in a different setting. The titles are nondescript, but if you download the two 5.7MB files Ikaruga appears under a Japanese name in the console’s Live Arcade menu.
We couldn’t get it to run, but it does reach a Treasure title screen, and lists 12 achievements including one marked “Secret” and one for each of Chapters 1-4 and the Final Chapter.”
I have had a sneaking suspicion that Ikaruga and possibly Radiant Silvergun would show up on XBLA to complement the upcoming Treasure shooter for the 360. Treasure has also expressed a great deal of interest in the Live Arcade, but are always vague about what they might have in mind.