Microsoft haven’t really been in everyone’s good books since the announcement of the Xbox One and it’s various limitations, DRM policies, online connection, and lack of Indie developer support. As we know most of that has changed thanks to Microsoft’s big 180 last week but it seems that the Redmond corporation still have some making up to do.
According to a statement by Microsoft “Microsoft eliminated fees for Title Updates on Xbox 360 Arcade games in April 2013,” this means that developers of indie titles don’t have to worry about spending a ton of cash on pushing out a title update. Good news for new developers but some existing devs aren’t too pleased.
Of course, Phil Fish is one of those developers.
Microsoft’s Title Update policies faced a bit of controversy after last years FEZ patch cock-up corrupted some players saves. Fish wrote on the Polytron blog that in order to patch the patch and fix the problem “Microsoft would charge us tens of thousands of dollars to re-certify the game.”. After it came to light that the Title Update fee’s were being eliminated Fish took to Twitter at threw his two cents in:
“[I] will get in touch with them and see if their new policy is retro-active. But honestly, I feel it’s kind of a long shot. Something tells me it won’t be retroactive. You have no idea how much trouble I got into for talking about this and you never will so I’m pretty glad there’s a happy ending here.”
That isn’t where it all began however with Fish revealing all about his one-time co-publisher Microsoft:
“Microsoft was our publisher on X360, and they did nothing. No promotion, no festivals, not a single mention in a newsletter or conference. They put us up on their shitty dashboard and somehow fuck that up too. They put us up on the game marketplace with no cover image.”
“The file was missing for a whole week, the first week, the most important week. That’s what we got from our publisher Microsoft Game Studios. When you went to buy Fez, there was just a big empty rectangle with a file missing icon in the middle, for a whole week.”
Fish has already made it quite clear that he won’t be bringing FEZ 2 to any of Microsoft’s consoles in the future and it seems his relationship with Microsoft Game Studio’s is clearly well and truly over.