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I kind of feel like at this point there's a boxing match and one guy is like 300 pounds and the other guy is like 100 pounds, and the 300 pound guy is punching on the little guy who has both his hands tied behind his back while wearing a sign that reads 'Please punch me more'. If you don't know what I'm talking about, I'm talking about the Xbox One being stomped so far in the mud with negative news that I'm tempted to send my condolences to Microsoft and a box of soft tissues to wipe away the tears.
Anyway, Oddworld Inhabitants' head honcho Lorne Lanning has gone public as to why the latest game in the long running Oddworld series won't be arriving for the Xbox 360 or Xbox One and it has a little something-something to do with Microsoft's policies for restricting indie studios from self-publishing.
In an interview with Eurogamer [via Forbes], Lanning, the outspoken developer who is probably best known for his verbal tussle with Electronic Arts, stated that...
“For Xbox One they’ve granted us a license for New ‘n’ Tasty! but they still say you need a publisher. We don’t have a publisher so we’re not officially on the platform, even though we’re compatible, even though we’ll be ready to do it. Period.
“Why do we need a publisher when we self-finance our games, we build our own IP, we manage our own IP and we’ve turned nearly two million units online as indie publishers sold – not free downloads? Why? What’s wrong with us?”
Well, according to Microsoft it's just policy, Lorne. Nothing personal.
Lanning goes on to sing praises to Sony for allowing indie developers to self-publish on the PlayStation 4 as well as the company waiving certification and patching fees, something that can become extremely costly to developers, which ultimately prevented Fish from updating Fez for the Xbox Live Arcade [via Ars Technica].
Nevertheless, the bird songs from Lanning chimes in nicely with the chorus of chirps from other developers who have nothing but good things to sing about Sony, with the Oddworld Inhabitant stating...
“I believe, because there are so many seasoned, long-term game builders involved with the new PlayStation, they recognize the real innovations are going to come out of this space where people have the freedom and the insanity to try crazy new stuff,” Lanning continued. “I mean, look at Octodad!”
Yes, I agree...I like Octodad, too. It reminds me of Noby Noby Boy in terms of a bat-crazy idea panning out to be a fun and undeniably wacky experience. Space worm elevator for the win.
Oddworld: New 'N' Tasty is set for release on the Wii U, PS4, PS3, mobile devices and PC. Hello to innovation, goodbye to Microsoft. Oh, and here's a video of Octodad for those of you curious about the title.