Castlevania to break Live Arcade size limit

The upcoming release of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night as a downloadable Xbox 360 game is noteworthy for a few reasons. Beyond adding the highly regarded game to the system's catalog, it breaks the mold of an Xbox Live Arcade game in several ways.

Symphony of the Night is not a "small-scale" game in any sense of the phrase. It's also based on an existing home console game, a distinction on Live Arcade only shared by the upcoming Alien Hominid HD. Finally, Konami has confirmed to GameSpot that the final size of the Symphony of the Night download will surpass Microsoft's 50MB size limit for Live Arcade games.

Microsoft's group manager for Xbox Live Arcade, Greg Canessa, told GameSpot why the company instituted a 50MB limit in the first place.

"By keeping the file size small for Xbox Live Arcade games, gamers can put one or more games on a memory unit and easily bring those games to a friend's house to share and play," Canessa said. "Small file sizes also mean fast download times, making it possible to download and begin playing any Xbox Live Arcade game within one or two minutes."

Even though Symphony of the Night will exceed the size limit, Canessa indicated that there is still a 50MB cap on Live Arcade games, although Microsoft is willing to make exceptions to the rule. "If any games do exceed 50 MB, it's for a very specific reason that would ensure that the gameplay experience is the best it can be," Canessa said.

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big_tim5240d ago

how they were going to get the game with the original sound track under 50mbs. I am glad that MS will make exceptions. Eventually, they might change the rule and we could potentially have larger, better games.

OutLaw5240d ago

I was wondering the same thing.

Next MS needs to release the bigger harddrive.

big_tim5240d ago

They need to release a bigger HDD and get rid of the core system. That would fix the issues of storage. Have the current premium unit replace the core and have the larger HDD sold with a unit (and separately) as the new premium.

SuicidalTendencies5240d ago

dics was over 400 mb. I wonder how small they can get it?

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