ARES EX.pngDream.Build.Play 2010 first prize winner A.R.E.S. Extinction Agenda will get an EX edition for its XBLA debut this summer. Aksys Games has stepped in to publish the game, which will be improved and expanded from the Steam version. The base game is a futuristic, side-scrolling action platformer - think of it as a Mega Man X and Contra hybrid.

Editor Mike Rose was fond of the original PC release in 2010. Extend's Nenin Ananbanchachai told me he is not sure if the PC version will get the EX update. However, "the sequel of A.R.E.S. will be another game, not the EX," he shared.

Features of the new build are after the jump:

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.