This Wednesday the highly anticipated Kinect title, Wreckateer, will be released as part of the XBLA Summer of Arcade promotion. If that were not great enough news, it has been revealed that Wreckateer will be the first title to make use of Avatar Famestar. What is Avatar Famestar you ask?
Microsoft describes Avatar Famestar as a new program that will be utilized by a select group of games to deliver “exciting ways to play online with your friends and compete for social recognition.” An ideal way to think of this new program would be to view it as a cross-game achievement system. Gamers will earn points for completing particular achievements across supported games. These points can then be redeemed for a variety of prizes (such as avatar awards)! Many gamers have long been hoping for some sort of reward system for earning achievements, and this may finally be Microsoft’s answer.
The next logical question has to be what other titles will support this program? Avatar Famestar will retroactively support already released XBLA titles Full House Poker and A World of Keflings. Furthermore, upcoming releases Fire Pro Wrestling, Homerun Stars, and Avatar Motocross Madness have been identified to support the program. Sadly, no details were provided regarding when Avatar Famestar support will be integrated into any of the aforementioned titles.
In its current state, Avatar Famestar will only be supported for Xbox 360 owners. No information has been provided regarding support for Surface, Windows 8, or Windows Phone.