Our friends at Microsoft must be very excited, because a week into their Xbox Live Arcade NEXT program is continuing with a quadruplet of exciting games for the Xbox Live platform, including the sequel to the aewsome Trials HD, Fable Heroes, Minecraft, and today's release of Bloodforge. Microsoft was so excited that they sent me a press release to share with all of you dear readers.

As soon as you're done reading this article, you should jump into the included links to check out the latest on Xbox Live Arcade NEXT, and get downloading! We've come a long a way from Geometry Wars and HD remakes of old Atari games folks. Now, to go make some more crazy jumps in Trials HD!

Press release as follows:

As you may have heard, Microsoft Studios and Xbox LIVE have announced "Microsoft Studios Presents: Arcade NEXT", a program that marks the release of four new downloadable games (1 each week) on Xbox LIVE every Wednesday from April 18 through May 9, beginning with "Trials Evolution" (on every front the next dimension of physics-based motorcycle stunt games, and the sequel to the award-winning Trials HD). Now, to celebrate and give gamers a deeper look into the next generation of arcade gaming, Microsoft Studios has teamed up with several popular YouTube gamers, known as the "Arcade NEXT All-Stars", to host a live streaming gameplay event showcasing each week's new release. Here's the brand new announcement video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nK2qvhR94c

Olga Kay will host the first live streaming event this Wednesday, April 18 at 5pm PST on Twitch.TV, featuring Trials Evolution. Visit http://www.twitch.tv/xboxlivearcade to stream the live event, or visit Olga's gameplay channel afterwards for the archived stream and additional Trials Evolution gameplay videos: youtube.com/OlgaKaygames

Following the April 18 release of Trials Evolution, Bloodforge will arrive on Xbox LIVE Arcade on April 25; Fable Heroes will be released May 2 and Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition will be available May 9. For more information, and to purchase the games, visit: http://www.xbox.com/en-US/community/promotions/arcade-next