MD Jason Perkins finds the direction Xbox Live has gone in as “sad”.
Indie developers aren’t very happy about Microsoft’s recent decision to block indie developers from self-publishing games on the new Xbox Live for the Xbox One console. Developer and publisher Curve, which recently brought out Thomas Was Alone for the PS3 and Vita, are especially disappointed considering the success of Xbox Live Arcade for the Xbox 360.
Speaking to GamesIndustry International, MD Jason Perkins stated that, “XBLA was a trailblazer last generation. It’s sad to see Microsoft not announcing dedicated support for independent developers on the Xbox One.
“Refusing to concentrate on easier submissions and discoverability leaves the way clear for Sony to capture the most innovative market in gaming right now.”
He also spoke about Sony’s openness and relaxed standards for developers on the PS4. “Sony’s show of support for developers, including showing independent releases not only front and centre on their store front but also during the PlayStation 4 reveal is creating a more open, co-operative market for independent games to enter the living room on a level playing field.”
We’ll see at E3 2013 whether Microsoft has an answer for one of its more bigger foul-ups.