‘It’s a real shame that they don’t want to join the party just yet.’
Contrast is an upcoming puzzle platform game in development at Compulsion Games. It will be releasing on a wide range of platforms including PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and PC. However, almost surprisingly, the game is not coming to Microsoft’s next gen console, the Xbox One.
We got in touch with Sam Abbott of Compulsion Games and asked why they are not bringing Contrast to the Xbox One.
“Microsoft currently isn’t letting indies self-publish, so we’re holding out for the moment in the hopes that they reverse their positions. Development kits are also more difficult to gain access to this early in the game.We’re hoping that will change at some point soon,” Abbott said.
It is a bit surprising that not all developers have access to Xbox One developer kits, given how we are only a few months away from launch. Not to mention the fact that it is also releasing close to Sony’s next gen platform, the PS4.
We also asked his thoughts about the strong push by Sony for the same on the PS4. He believes that the Xbox One situation is a big disappointment for indies and it’s a shame that they don’t want to join the indie bandwagon yet.
“Well, it’s certainly the topic of the moment in the indie community right now. The community is still growing, and the culture is wonderfully supportive, collaborative and encouraging. While there are elements of competition, there is a huge explosion of ideas and feedback, and I think gaming is better off because of it.
“The diversity of the games being produced is just astounding, and we’re seeing more and more devs applying for things like the Indie Megabooth at PAX. And, in terms of general gamer culture, appreciation for indies is growing, which is super great. So the Xbox One situation is a big disappointment for indies given how well other parts of the community are going, and to be honest, it’s a bit of a surprise. I’m sure Microsoft is still figuring out what it wants to do, but it’s a real shame that they don’t want to join the party just yet,” he added.
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