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Joe Danger Special Edition will side-step onto XBLA "soon"...
One of the few indie poster boys for Sony's catalogue of downloadable PSN games has turned to the dark side (at least from the perspective of Sony fanboys) – Joe Danger is coming to the Xbox Live Arcade in the form of a Special Edition.
Hello Games made the announcement via its website where new content was confirmed for the Special Edition including an exclusive Laboratory mode (shown right) and 50 new levels. No specifics were revealed on a release date other than “coming soon”.
What's particularly weird about Joe Danger's side-step onto XBLA is that Sony originally funded the publishing costs of Joe Danger under its PSN Publishing Fund scheme, and Microsoft is now set to publish the game over Xbox Live according to a Joystiq report.
We're racking our brains for another example of bi-partisan publishing between the two platform holders – for a similar precedent, you'd have to go back to 1996 when Wipeout and Destruction Derby were ported to the SEGA Saturn despite being developed by Sony's wholly owned Psygnosis studio (now Studio Liverpool). It's testament to the strength of Hello Games' debut title that it's managing to garner so much support from both Sony and Microsoft.
Joe Danger was previously one of a very small bunch of highly rated exclusive PSN games that Sony fans could flaunt over XBLA users (the likes of thatgamecompany's Flower and Flow are what remain) - the game itself is a bit like ExciteBike blended with Tony Hawk's Pro Skater.
Speculation of a Joe Danger XBLA edition first surfaced last week when a directory for it turned up on the Korean Ratings Board. A sequel to the original game entitled Joe Danger: The Movie was announced earlier this year - specific platforms and an estimated release window remain unclear.
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