Here’s what you’ll be playing on your new Surface when Windows 8 comes out

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Windows 8 is a brand new platform. And like any new platform, it needs to have a good launch lineup of games. Today, Microsoft unveiled Windows 8’s strong initial offering of 40 Xbox LIVE-enabled games from some of the most popular mobile developers in the industry such as Gameloft, Glu Mobile, Halfbrick Studios, Microsoft Studios, Miniclip, Rovio, and ZeptoLab. The list of launch titles is packed with favorites from the Xbox stable and other platforms, including Angry Birds and Angry Birds Space, Fruit Ninja, Gunstringer: Dead Man Running, IloMilo, Kinectimals Unleashed, PAC-MAN Championship Edition DX, and more.

Many of the 40 games in “wave one” will be available on launch day – October 26 – with the rest going live in the weeks to follow. A few, however, are already available for download if you have a copy of Windows 8 RTM. These games are playable on PCs, laptops, and tablets and they feature Xbox LIVE staples like achievements, leaderboards, and multiplayer.

  1. 4 Elements II Special Edition
  2. A World of Keflings
  3. Adera: Episode 1
  4. Adera: Episode 2
  5. Adera: Episode 3
  6. Angry Birds
  7. Angry Birds Space
  8. Big Buck Hunter Pro
  9. BlazBlue Calamity Trigger
  10. Collateral Damage
  11. Crash Course GO
  12. Cut the Rope
  13. Disney Fairies
  14. Dragon’s Lair
  15. Field & Stream Fishing
  16. Fruit Ninja
  17. Gravity Guy
  18. Gunstringer: Dead Man Running
  19. Hydro Thunder Hurricane
  20. IloMilo
  21. iStunt 2
  22. Jetpack Joyride
  23. Kinectimals Unleashed
  24. Microsoft Mahjong
  25. Microsoft Minesweeper
  26. Microsoft Solitaire Collection
  27. Monster Island
  28. PAC-MAN Championship Edition DX
  29. Pinball FX 2
  30. Reckless Racing Ultimate
  31. Rocket Riot 3D
  32. Shark Dash
  33. Shuffle Party
  34. Skulls of the Shogun
  35. Taptiles
  36. Team Crossword
  37. The Harvest HD
  38. Toy Soldiers Cold War
  39. Wordament
  40. Zombies!!!

4 Elements II Special Edition includes 48 levels exclusive to Windows 8, as well as six Windows 8 wallpapers and the complete game soundtrack. Rocket Riot 3D also includes 24 exclusive levels. Interestingly, Gunstringer: Dead Man Running is a free-to-play game with in-app purchases and DLC. It’ll feature Story and Challenge Modes, as well as asynchronous multiplayer.

Overall, this seems to be a great launch lineup. Microsoft has managed to gather a wide variety of games from some of the most popular IPs. A few titles, like Halo and Gears of War, aren’t represented, but it seems somewhat unreasonable to expect those types of game in a more casual environment. Microsoft hasn’t announced the launch schedule or pricing for these games, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see weekly releases as on Xbox and Windows Phone.

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William Devereux

William Devereux is the former Microsoft editor at Pocketables, as well as a Microsoft MVP and SkyDrive/ Insider. As his title implies, he wrote about all things from Redmond, including Windows 8 and Windows Phone. He is currently carrying a Windows Phone 8X by HTC and a Microsoft Surface with Windows RT tablet.

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