Posted on Monday 23rd Jul 2012 at 12:16 AM UTC

Wreckateer is the first game to include XBLA's Avatar Famestars feature

...but what exactly is it?

Microsoft trademarked the feature Avatar Famestars back in February, but apart from the name little else was known. Next week, the first game to use the feature will be released, and we finally have more information about it.

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Avatar Famestars is a new program by Microsoft which essentially will provide in-game challenges for players to gain rewards for their avatars and earn Famestar points.

Microsoft says Famestars will provide "new and exciting ways to play online with your friends and compete for social recognition."

The first game to feature the new Avatar Famestars will be Wreckateer, which is released next week on XBLA. Microsoft will also be adding the feature to Full House Poker and A World of Keflings, which are available now. Upcoming titles expected to get the feature are Fire Pro Wrestling, Homerun Stars and Avatar Motocross Madness.

It is unclear when the update will be added to the already released games, however it seems likely to come with the release of Wreckateer next week.

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3 comments so far...

  1. Drusus on 23 Jul '12 said:

    A pointless advertising campaign hoping to make people buy more stuffs I'd imagine. Or an excuse to add more ads to the dashboard. Who knows but If Microsoft did it and it happened in the last three years it'll be a step backwards. I love the 360 but the awesome days are long gone, I turn on my 360 now and I'm saddened at what they've done to a great console, it's just all adverts.

    'My god! It's full of adverts'

  2. beemoh on 23 Jul '12 said:

    To be honest, I'm still not entirely sure what it is.

  3. Mastermue on 23 Jul '12 said:

    It's a Kinnect sling shot game that looks quite fun.
    Dave Lang (formerly of Midway) is the CEO of Iron Galaxy, the dev team behind Wreckateer.
    He's also the only person to exist in the 'Lang-zone' apparently.