CES 2012: Microsoft Announces XBLA House Party 2012

Alan Wake and I Am Alive join this year's line-up.

Every year, Microsoft has a gaggle of Xbox Live Arcade titles held aside as part of a Block Party promotion, to entice subscribers to take part in some of the better downloadable titles out there.  It's been doing this for the past few years, and this morning, it continued to buck the trend with the announcement of XBLA House Party 2012, which includes what could very well be the best titles in the promotion to date -- including the long-awaited I Am Alive from Ubisoft.

Yep, that title, which had been in the works for what seems like ages, will be one of the four games included in the promotion.  Also included are the following titles...

EA's Warp -- a science fiction adventure that combines action and stealth elements, all built around a quirky new storyline involving a robot with special abilities

Nexuiz -- THQ's first-person shooter is developed by Alientrap Software, and features a number of unique multiplayer elements and thrilling opportunities to take folks down.  Moves fast and looks great thus far.

Alan Wake's American Nightmare -- Remedy's long-awaited follow-up to its 2010 spookfest once again follows Wake as he battles the forces of darkness while eventually trying to climb out of his own madness.  (We'll have a hands-on report of this game later this week.)

Perhaps the biggest of the bunch is I Am Alive, Ubisoft's third-person adventure where you fight for survival in a post-apocalyptic world, trading ordinary goods as currency and eventually fighting your way out of dangerous situations.  This one's been looking enticing for some time.

Microsoft hasn't announced official release dates or prices for these games, but the Block Party usually kicks off at the end of February/beginning of March, and the games are likely to sell for 1200 Microsoft points ($15) apiece.  Look for more information soon!