Action Platformer, A.R.E.S. Extinction Agenda EX, Headed To XBLA

By Ishaan . March 8, 2013 . 1:00pm

Back in 2010, indie developer, Extend Studio, released a platformer for PC, titled A.R.E.S Extinction Agenda. The game takes place in a future where a robotic alien race is posing a threat to mankind and the player controls a robot named Ares to try and rescue a team of scientists from the aliens.



A.R.E.S Extinction Agenda is now headed to Xbox Live Arcade and will be published by Aksys Games. The XBLA version is called A.R.E.S Extinction Agenda EX, and will feature new content, such as a second robot named Taurus, new weapons, enemies, and levels. The game will also have higher-resolution textures and new animated cutscenes.


Aksys haven’t announced a release date for A.R.E.S yet. The video embedded above is from the original PC version of the game. Here’s a story summary along with features for the new XBLA version:


A.R.E.S. Extinction Agenda EX Story Summary

In the year 2060 Earth has reached the stars, during that time an alliance was formed with a Robotic Alien race which the humans call Atzai. The Atzai gave humans the means to end the pollution plaguing their planet by building the Minos Space Station, which the waste of Earth is used to form efficient forms of energy for space travel. For once Earth was at peace, and a strong bond forged between Human and Machine. However not all Atzai agreed with helping the warmonger human race, and slowly rebel factions formed inside the Atzai ranks.


Now the year is 2094 and the rebel faction Leader Zytron has attacked and taken control of all the machines onboard the Minos station. Atzai Command receives a distress call from Dr. Julia Carson a chief engineer revealing that there are still survivors on board at that Zytron has a secret Extinction Agenda for mankind. Atzai Command sends their best option to infiltrate and retake Minos from enemy hands, with the priority of saving the hostages at all cost.


Take control of Ares and newcomer Taurus for two separate story arcs, and uncover the conspiracy behind Zytron’s invasion of Minos Station.


Ares is a combat specialist built to run faster, jump higher, and fire quicker. And Taurus who is a battle veteran built for giving and taking damage with his tank like body. Together with their orbital handler Valkyl, they must race against the clock to save the survivors and stop Zytron’s Extinction Agenda at any cost.


A.R.E.S. Extinction Agenda EX Features

  • Receiving Console Transmission – A.R.E.S. Extinction Agenda EX has been refitted with new console friendly designs, including a new UI, control scheme, and leaderboards.
  • Upgrade Complete – Armed with new weapons, abilities, and even a new playable character, humanity’s secret weapon has never been stronger.
  • Obstruction Eminent – Ares isn’t the only one with new tricks; new enemies and bosses have also joined the fray.
  • Uncharted Sectors – With readjusted maps and completely new levels, there are an abundance of areas to explore for new and returning robots alike.
  • Visuals Updated – New high resolution textures as well as brand new animated cut scenes.
  • Audio Enhanced – A.R.E.S. Extinction Agenda EX comes complete with the original soundtrack by Hyperduck Soundworks. Also now boasting a completely new soundtrack for the second campaign from Heavy Metal master Charlie Parra Del Riego, a perfect fit for Taurus the heavy metal Tanker.

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  • I like the character designs. The gameplay is questionable.

  • darkonezero

    Reminds me of Combat Heaven by tonowi, any relation?

  • andref

    Still despite it looking like a generic platformer you could find in an arcade, it could be fun for a little while

  • It was a fun game on PC, but the characters and plot were pretty generic and tropetastic. I don’t think my expectations will be too high for any extended story content. That said though, I’ll have to grab the demo and see what changes have been made. Could be worth 5-10$.

  • DuskSharkEX

    I hope to see these new additions added to the Steam version at some point. Good for the game to get new content.

  • Mister_Nep

    Weird. I thought this game debuted on the 360. Considering the PC interface was fully 360 prone I just assumed it was. Weird that this wasn’t already on the system.

  • isfuturebright

    The character movement is a bit weird. Is kinda slow or something. The art isn’t really my style, though the overall game seems good.

  • KK

    Game looks great and all, but even from watching the trailer, the controls look like they leave much to be desired.

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