Fez Creator on Xbox One Indie Self-Publishing Change: “Everything About it Feels Disingenuous”

Phil Fish is not convinced that Microsoft’s heart is in the right place.

Posted By | On 26th, Jul. 2013 Under News


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Microsoft recently revealed that it was reversing its stance regarding indie developers bringing their games to the Xbox One. Earlier, the console manufacturer revealed that indie developers would not be able to self-publish their titles on Xbox Live and would have to do so through either Microsoft or a third party publisher.

As expected, many indie developers include Just Add Water (Oddworld: New ‘N’ Tasty) and Polytron (Fez) straight out condemned Microsoft for this action, choosing to bring their games to the PS4 instead. Now, with this about-turn, things would be cool between them and Microsoft, right?

Not quite. Fez creator Phil Fish, who has had his share of problems with the certification process on Xbox Live for the Xbox 360, tweeted his thoughts on the whole, calling it “disingenuous”.

So we would guess that we wouldn’t be seeing his next game on the Xbox One, even though Microsoft plans to overhaul their certification process to be more like iTunes.


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