Microsoft has announced that it will soon offer downloadable Xbox titles including Halo
as part of a new "Xbox Originals" campaign, as well as free Xbox Live Arcade titles in celebration of the previously announced
fifth anniversary of the Xbox Live service.
November 15th marks the five year point of the service, and and company has said that, "as a gesture of thanks to the gaming community," all Xbox Live gamers will get one free Xbox Live Arcade game, as well as 500 free Microsoft Points for all members who joined the service at its start in 2002.
More interestingly, the company has announced that with its latest Xbox Live update launching December 4th, Microsoft will kick off a new "Xbox Originals" campaign that will see the release of downloadable games for 1200 Points ($15) each.
Thus far confirmed titles include Halo, Psychonauts, Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge
with "a growing catalog of Xbox games to download and own over the coming year."
Said Live, software and services vice president John Schappert, “In just five short years, Xbox LIVE has revolutionized the way friends and family have fun in the living room. On its fifth birthday, Xbox LIVE truly is the place for hanging out with friends and enjoying downloadable TV shows, movies, videos, game add-ons and now downloadable Xbox games on demand.”