Not a hater but I really don’t have any idea as to where the policies made by Microsoft are going to take them. I guess the hatred Microsoft was receiving from customers was not enough that now third-party developers have also joined the fray.
In a recent interview with CCP Games & Digital Extremes, they told how delighted and contented they are with Sony’s policies regarding self-publishing and minimal update cost making it the first priority for gamers.
This does hold true in my opinion, if you followed E3 this year then you must have noticed that both the Sony’s booth and press conference was swarming with indie titles whereas Microsoft only had an upgraded version of Minecraft for their next generation of console.
Playstation 4 is making a much larger room for forthcoming indie games then Xbox One along with being relatively easy to port PC games and the creator of DayZ – Dean Hall – is not sure about Xbox One doing the same.
DayZ has been delayed for a long period of time now but that is due to the fact that publishers want to polish it as much as they can before the final release.
Dean Hall is the same person who reached the glories with titles like ARMA II and ARMA III, and this enabled him to develop a game in cooporation with Bohemia Interactive. However, when asked about the next-gen hardware, this is what Hall had to say:
“Yeah, we talked to both of them. But, as I’m sure you’re aware, Sony lets you self-publish and they don’t make you pay for updates. Microsoft requires you to have a publisher. They have no digital distribution strategy and they require you to pay $10,000, or whatever it is, for updates.”
Whereas when asked about Sony, his thoughts seem to give a different idea:
“Oh, absolutely. We liked them. I like what I saw on the PS4. I like what I saw on the Xbox in a lot cases as well. I’m not s***ting on them. I’m kind of hopeful that Microsoft has just forget to talk about its indie support. Maybe I’m being a bit naïve.”
I dearly hope that this is true! Microsoft not letting creative developers to self-publish is definitely a bad idea for me and it can certainly put Xbox One’s future in utter darkness. Also charging a fee for updates when Sony is not do seem quite odd to me. Fingers-crossed!
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