For those unfamiliar with the Summer Spotlight, it's essentially the successor to the Xbox Live Summer of Arcade. For the next six weeks Microsoft will put the spotlight on a new bunch of digital indie games each week – some of these have already been released, but most of them are new. There might even be a few surprises!
The Summer Spotlight is nice way to promote indie games that don't always get the attention they deserve, but what's in it for you, the consumer? Well, between now and the end of the promotion on September 4, you'll get 4,000 Xbox Live Rewards credits for $40 you spend on Summer Spotlight games. Rewards Credits can be used towards buying games, with 4,000 equaling $4. So, not a crazy deal by any means, but Summer Spotlight is really about celebrating underappreciated games, not big discounts.
Scroll on down to check out some of the games featured in this year's Summer Spotlight…
Here are the games Microsoft is shining a light on this week:
- Fable Fortune
- Serial Cleaner
- What Remains of Edith Finch
- Infinite Mini Golf
- Super Cloudbuilt
- Conga Master
- Moon Hunters
- Aven Colony
A solid collection of stuff! The highlights are probably Fable Fortune, a new collectible card game take on the Xbox-exclusive series, Serial Cleaner, which tasks you with cleaning up various movie-inspired murder scenes, and What Remains of Edith Finch, the acclaimed story-driven game in which you explore the history of "America's most unfortunate family." Gigantic, Fortnite, and Aven Colony are also definitely worth a look.prevnext
Microsoft has also a provided a peek at some of the future games they'll be featuring:
- The Long Dark
- Vostok Inc.
- Unbox: Newbie's Adventure
- GRIDD: Retroenhanced
- Pressure Overdrive
- Cyber Complex
The Long Dark, a wilderness survival game with a very slick visual style, and Vostok Inc., which sells itself as The Wolf of Wall Street in space, both look interesting. Of course, these games are just the tip of the iceberg, as we have five more weeks of Summer Spotlight to go!
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