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ID@Xbox launch parity issues to be discussed on a case-by-case basis, says Microsoft

Monday, 10th March 2014 10:33 GMT By Dave Cook

Microsoft’s ID@Xbox initiative will see indie games brought to the Xbox One platform, but developers opted-in to the scheme have raised concerns regarding a parity clause, which states titles must launch on Xbox One first, or at the same time as other formats. This has proven to be a problem for smaller teams without the manpower or funds to achieve launch parity. Microsoft has now responded to these concerns.

It follows my no-holds barred interview with Ridiculous Fishing developer Rami Ismail of Vlambeer, who told us all about how Microsoft and Sony work with indies, and why the ID@Xbox parity clause is potentially damaging for indies.

Then in February; MouseCraft developer Tomasz Tomaszewski repeated Ismail’s concerns in a new interview, stating that the parity clause is still an issue.

In a statement to Edge, a Microsoft rep said of the parity clause, “Our goal is not to limit developers who are interested in Xbox One. In instances where games have signed a timed exclusive with another platform, we’ll work with them on a case by case basis. We encourage them to get in touch at id@xbox.com.”

Do you feel this case-by-case method is best, or should the parity clause be done aay with in its entirety? Let us know what you think below.

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3 Comments

  1. FATHASUN

    Another ploy to control the gaming industry. MS always has to do these underhanded schemes in order to stay somewhat relevant. I wonder what would’ve happened if they did not do this last generation. I thought this”parity” crap was done.

    #1 9 months ago
  2. illuminatusv

    @FATHASUN This is a business for both parties, the indie developer and MS. MS has to cover their bases somehow. If a indie disagree he is free to publish his game on other platforms. If you want to play the game of that developer, go buy that platform instead of a Xbox. MS is not forcing anyone to buy their product. It’s as far as I know the customers choice to do what he wants to do…

    #2 9 months ago
  3. mistermogul

    FFS Microsoft, isn’t it time you got rid of these draconian indie policies?

    It feels like they are being as anti-indie as they were anti-consumer last year…

    #3 9 months ago

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