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Joe Danger Special Edition changes would be “really weird” on PSN

Wednesday, 16th November 2011 02:45 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Hello Games has no plans to patch the PSN version of Joe Danger to bring it inline with the Xbox Live-exclusive Special Edition.

“The changes we’ve made – and I think people will understand when they’ve played the Special Edition – change the game in ways that I think would be really weird for us to bring over to PSN,” Hello Games head Sean Murray told Eurogamer

“We’ve removed levels we just didn’t like. It might be someone’s favourite level, and it would just disappear. We’ve made certain things easier and certain things harder. We’ve changed the way certain things unlock. So someone would be half way through and just go, ‘Oh, I thought I had that level unlocked and now it’s locked again.’ It’s impractical to do that. We can’t do that.

“Most people when they port a game they just do that – it’s literally exactly the same. That went against… I wouldn’t do that. It would be very boring. We took it on as a creative, fun thing to do.”

Re-releasing the game also gives Hello the chance to rectify issues disallowed by the original’s time and budgetary constraints.

“We had kind of run out of time and money and were like ‘we have to release this game’, which is a terrible thing to admit to. You do get to that stage when you have to get it out there,” Murray said.

“That is what has been nice – that we had unfinished business and we get to come back for a Special Edition and change quite a lot of things and make things right. I guess people are going to get angry and say ‘why don’t we have those changes in our version’, but I think it’s the right thing to do, to fix those problems.”

Joe Danger originally released as a PlayStation Network exclusive. The Special Edition, which will arrive only on Xbox Live Arcade, has not yet been dated.

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4 Comments

  1. Cygnar

    It seems from this interview that the new version has undergone enough changes that it is a new product in its own right. More money and more development effort went into the new game, so why would anyone expect these changes to come as a patch to the original? It makes more sense to sell this edition of the game as the separate product it is.

    Why, then, does Murray present us with this false dichotomy? Hello Games has more options for its PSN customers than either patching the game or not releasing the new one on PSN at all. Why doesn’t Murray address the option of selling the new version on PSN as a separate product from the original?

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Ireland Michael

    I think it’s interesting that the guy is so critical of the quality of his team’s game considering it received nothing but showering praise from reviewers and consumers back when it launched on PSN.

    Definitely a good thing though.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Strandli

    I think Microsoft demands exclusive content for multiplatform downloadable titles. Either extra content, or a head-start as an “exclusive” titles (but really, a timed exclusive).

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Petulant Radish

    @3 I think that’s Sony’s policy, Microsoft reserve the right to not release anything on the platform that was previously another platform’s exclusive or something boring like that.

    As an avid Trials fan would this game appeal to me? I’ll try the trial when it comes out but if it’s anything like that poor pretender, Bike Baron, on iOS I’m out…

    #4 3 years ago

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