Microsoft Changes Certification Policy for World of Tanks

Who doesn’t know about the lengthy, painstaking and almost cruel certification process that Microsoft has in place for developers who want to get a game on and especially for those who want to add patches and updates to their games. Many have been cynical of the lack of updates due to this. Yet, when a game like the World of Tanks sets sails towards Xbox, such policies see a lax too!

As previously reported, World of Tanks will be coming to Xbox 360 this summer. Obviously the time taking certification process was going to take up a lot and the limitation on patches and additional content was going to cause a stir but it looks like Microsoft is willing to show some leniency towards

Talking to Polygon, Victor Kislyi the CEO of Wargaming was hinted how the policy was being thought over to give a smoother experience to the users when it comes to updates:

“One of the biggest challenges with Microsoft was the frequency of updates because the QA process and certification process takes an extremely long time. Totally unacceptable for a meaningful free-to-play. We are working with them to do quicker updates.”

It is high time that Microsoft gets a better grip on their policies and shift towards a welcoming one, what with the opinions given by Phil Fish from Fez and Team Meat of Super Meat Boy it would have been sheer criticism.

Let us just hope that the inclination towards a slack in the policy shown by Microsoft towards WoT could be carried forward to other games in the future too. Thought this might be too early to talk about that for Kislyi wasn’t even sure about what World of Tanks was going to get. When asked about what exactly to expect he wasn’t really sure:

“We will see, there is a lot of work on the technically (sic) side and on the administrative side which should resolve in the acceptable quality of the product, including updates of the product including speed and rates. So we will see.”

Anyhow, Microsoft has waived off their patch fees and I guess that’s enough good news for now, at least it is for Fez! And this could be a start.