Aaero Dev Surprised That His Game Sold More On Xbox One Than PS4, Microsoft More Approachable

Madfellows’ Paul Norris talks about working with Microsoft with the release of Aaero.

Posted By | On 08th, Sep. 2017 Under News


Aaero from developer Madfellows Games might not quite what you expect from a typical action title as it sees players zooming through hyper-stylized environments and using the energy in music. The game itself has just over 100 user reviews on Steam so it’s interesting to hear how it sold more on the Xbox One than PS4.

GamingBolt got hold of Madfellows’ Paul Norris and when asked about how the Xbox One version sold more than the PS4, especially when the latter has more than double the install base, he noted that it was an interesting trend right now.

“This is an interesting one. I wasn’t aware this was news. I thought that all indies expect to sell more on Xbox at the moment. I’d be interested to hear other developer’s experience with this. I’m not sure if it’s that Xbox has a better attach rate or if it’s something more subtle and complicated.”

Norris revealed that Xbox had done more to help Madfellows promote its game. “But without big, AAA style campaigns, the results are marginal and indies still rely on the community and word of mouth and Aaero is marketed as a multi-platform game.”

Microsoft has had its ups and downs with indie games. From introducing a horribly strict policy in 2013 to smoothening things over later (but raising red flags over its so-called parity clause), the company has been making good on promoting and developing indie titles under its ID@Xbox label. That being said, we still see more indie developers preferring to stick to the PS4 and PC platforms than Xbox.

What was Norris’s experience with them? When told Microsoft was reportedly hard to work with, he said, “Frankly, it’s the polar opposite of that. My guess is that we may have been in the right place at the right time when Microsoft were doing everything to repair their reputation with indies but we’ve never experienced any problems at all. We’ve found them much more approachable than other platforms.

“Having developed the game simultaneously on all 3 platforms, it’s Microsoft that offered, by far the most help. We’ve been displayed on the ID@Xbox stand at many EGX, Insomnia and even GDC shows. They also set up a press day where they invited a bunch of ID@Xbox developers to come along to their London offices and show our games to some of the top journalists. I don’t know what experience anyone else is having but they’ve been really great to us.”

What are your thoughts on Microsoft’s relationship with the indies? Let us know in the comments below.

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  • Edward Turvey

    The game has less than 3K owners on Steam. I imagine it sold even less on console.

    • zcar_driver

      There were not many reviews on Xbox. I would think it didn’t sell that many under 3k . Good free advertising for it on here today. The only thing I took from the article is the MS was a good partner.

  • Psionicinversion

    i made my comment below to just see how many knobheads there are on this site. shame i didnt catch ocelot and xrat but we all know there knobheads anyway. be ashamed of yourself guys its a only sand

  • kma99

    Why would I care lol that’s a you problem. I don’t buy retail copies of anything. Just for you i will simply wait for ps4 games to hit ps now and play on my pc since you think I carr about retail copies. You are all over the place with your stupidity. Upvotes that!

  • GrimmyReaper

    Never heard of this game but it looks like a Shmup … which is fine with me.

  • greatnessIsaLIE

    What are you talking about. They are selling us a quality console and are barley making any money back.
    While $ony over there has sold us a 200 dollar vr headset for 500 bucks and a 200 dollar console for 400 bucks.
    The ps4 was a good console but that was at the beginning of the gen.
    The ps4 pro and Xbox x are the flagship consoles now.

    Now you are making fun of this guy because Xbox hasn’t had many exclusives this year yet you didn’t have any for the first couple of years this gen.

    Now you’re making fun of him because he over paid for his console, yet you are now the one over paying.

    He pays 65 bucks and plays a game 500hours.
    You pay 65 bucks and play a game 50 hours.

    No wonder you guys like used games because there is no purpose to keeping ps4 exclusives after the first 3 months.


      Um, yeah! This one is a quality one, but if the OG costed the same and was almost 5 times weaker then they robbed you!

      Don’t know about the costs of the VR, but, its still an option available on ps4 and not on xbone so I dont see how can you win a VR argument!

      WRONG! IT still IS the best console available! from a cost/value perspective nor the pro or the xbonex have justified its cost yet, If only more pixels is the beneffit! when they (or at least the xbonex) offer better FPS as a constant then I’ll agree! but if anyone asked me for the best option on a non 4k tv I would easily recomend base ps4 over the rest!

      WRONG again! how many times will I take you to school? Final fantasy XIV, TLOU remaster, resogun, transistor, guilty gear Xrd, MLB the show, second son, killzone all launched within the FIRST YEAR OF THE PS4! feeling ignorant? You should!

      FALSE!!! FALSE!!! show me any evidence of your delutional claims!

      No wonder you like online so much!only then you can pretend you play all year the few exclusives you USED to get!


    • greatnessIsaLIE

      I didn’t get on these websites for over 4 days because I wanted to get some games done.
      The only time I ever get on these sites is when I’m at work.
      I’m the boss so I just sit there and look busy. When I go home I don’t even look at my phone or computer.
      It’s hard man.
      Managing life, wife, kids , vacations and games.lol
      You know what tomorrow I’m gong to the club to play some golf. I’ve only played once this year.

      Do you know how to play golf?

    • zcar_driver

      He pays 65 bucks and plays a game 500hours.
      You pay 65 bucks and play a game 50 hours.

      I don’t mind spending the money, but I have a few games that don’t have multiplayer. After I finished them I just uninstall them.
      never to be used again. I like to play with my friends. Only time I play single player, is if my buds are offline.


      Thats an completely false statement!

      Yes you preffer multiplayer games, hence you play multiplayer games more, that proves absolutely nothing! Except that people play more the games they preffer (duh!) and liars that don’t have facts just make them up!

    • zcar_driver

      Its can’t be a false statement. Its my personal experience. I have both. some single player games, and some multiplayer games. The multiplayer games are still in use. Single player games are finished and uninstalled. I liked the single player games i had, but i wouldn’t replay them.


      It definetly can! You may have whatever you want and play however you want It doesnt matter! That is ONLY your playstile! nothing more!

      You said he played for 500 hours each game, do you know that for a fact? can you prove it? You said I played games for 50 hours, do you know that for a fact? can you prove it?

      Using your personal playstile as a fact is completely wrong! is as valid as someone saying that he plays a good story game and that stays with him for years while he immediately forgets all those multiplayer sessions he played, so the story game is better amd more meaningful! get it?

      BTW since you like them so much above the rest, can you recomend any good FPS xbox exclusive from last year or this year?

    • zcar_driver

      I have 400 of halo multiplayer
      200 hours of titan fall multiplayer
      200 hours forza multiplayer
      40 hours of Wolfenstein. The new order. single player.
      19 hours of the old blood. Single player
      See my point of single player games.
      As you know most everything is 3rd party lately on the Xbox most of friends are on destiny 2 I am Waiting for forza 7. I just built a stand for my wheel used an old BMW M3 seat. pretty bad asss . lawbrakers looks like something I would like. Maybe I should buy a PS4 . you can pick one up for 250 usd. I didn’t realize they were so inexpensive. There are no exclusives at that price if you think about it.


      Well, you can be used as an example of how hard it really is to spend 500 hours on a game, let alone each exclusive!

      I have spent more than 100 hours on each dark souls and nioh, more than 150 on Bloodborne and I have more than 60 on horizon!

      Yeah, consoles are on the cheap right now and wait two months and there will be better deals!

      Gotta go play right now, have a nice one!

  • Mike

    Pink skirts and 6 year old girls with huge hammers and swords as big as Gut’s from Sword of the Berserk, lol. PlayStation fans just love that weebo crap. They also like beating themes off to them. Smdh…

  • Jeremy Rodriguez

    I bought this game on sale on the Xbox, I did see a quick demo of it on an official Xbox video sometime in the past….. This game is actually quite cool, especially if you like the type of music they feature. It requires a lot of precision and multitasking and can get quite difficult indeed. It’s a good game, I recommend it if you like music games.


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